Coach Todd Bowles (160374)
Credit: Bill Moore

He’s got a thing for Gladys Knight, he likes Eddie Levert and the O’Jays and he likes milk with his Chips Ahoy cookies. Maybe what the New York Jets needed was a head coach with some soul.

Todd Bowles, who has worked as an assistant defensive coach for various teams after his playing days ended, initially college, then pro over the past 15 years, is off to an auspicious 2-0 start coaching these New York Jets.

Monday night’s 20­-7 win against the Indianapolis Colts on the road solidified the change of the new-look Jets on paper and on the field. We’re just taking it one day at a time,” said receiver Brandon Marshall. “We have a long way to go.”

The Jets benefitted greatly in the first half from Colts penalties, but they only scored a touchdown and a field goal. A missed field goal at the end of the half and a fumble by Colts running back Frank Gore, just inches from a touchdown after a long 10 minutes, kept Indy scoreless through the third quarter.

Although the Jets’ defense dominated quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts for three quarters, forcing three interceptions and two Darrelle Revis fumble recoveries, it was frustrating at times watching Luck sit in the pocket for three-plus seconds before throwing and completing passes. A premiere NFL QB, he has the ability to get hot and make plays.

“Our defense got so many turnovers, but we didn’t take advantage of them,” said Marshall. “We have to get better. It wasn’t a pretty win, but we’ll take it. The guys made plays and the D-line was putting pressure on [Luck].”

“The name of the game is turnovers and keeping the score down,” said Bowles, who has little time to rest on his laurels, having to prepare for the 0-­2 Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to MetLife Stadium Sunday. The Eagles, like the Colts, were considered a top-tier team on paper before the season started, are hungry for a win.