Bruce Arians has always been a big believer of Todd Bowles, which is why the former Cardinals head coach is also a big believer in the future of the Jets.
Arians, who will call the Jets' game against the Colts for CBS on Sunday, told the New York Post on Friday that Gang Green is headed in the right direction and that they have the right man to get them there.
"I think (Bowles) is doing a great job there, especially now that he's got a quarterback," Arians said. "He's a great football mind, and I think they're just going to get better and better. I think Jets fans should be ecstatic right now."
Arians, 66, goes back a long way with Bowles. He was the Jets head coach's college coach at Temple from 1983-85 and hired his former player to be his defensive coordinator with the Cardinals from 2013-14 before Bowles took the job with the Jets.
"To be honest, I always thought I'd be working for Todd one day," Bowles said. "I always saw him as a head coach."
Bowles is 22-31 as Jets head coach and has yet to reach the playoffs, but he now has a franchise quarterback in place with 21-year-old Sam Darnold, whom Arians really likes.
"I like the way he moves in the pocket and keeps his eyes down field," he said. "He's not looking to run, he's not looking to rush the throws, he just has a natural feel for it. That's one of the hardest things when you're teaching those guys. He can make every throw, that's for sure. Sure, it's gonna be a learning curve. He's gonna have some great moments, he's gonna have some bad moments. But the best thing is you look at him and his resiliency and how he handles those moments, good and bad. For a young guy, that, to me, has been very impressive."
Arians knows a thing or two about quarterbacks. He was the Colts quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator when Peyton Manning broke into the league and was offensive coordinator/interim head coach during Andrew Luck's rookie season.
"When you have that quarterback, that franchise quarterback, it's just fun to go to practice every day," Arians said. "I go back to when Peyton was a rookie, we were 3-13, but every day was fun because we were getitng better. We saw ourselves getting better every day and learning from our mistakes and then you continue to add those pieces. It's really fun to work and coach under those circumstances."