PHOENIX - It's not the Lombardi Trophy, but it's a start.
New Jets head coach Todd Bowles won the inaugural Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year award on Saturday for his work last season as the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator.
Bowles, who recently won the Pro Football Writers of America's assistant of the year award, received 22 votes. Second-place finisher, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, received 12 votes.
Bowles spent the past two seasons in Arizona coaching under Bruce Arians, who also was named the AP's Coach of the Year at the fourth annual NFL Honors awards show.
Shortly after Arians walked on stage to receive his award, he gave Bowles a shoutout and said: "I wouldn't be here without him."