Jets backsliding in an area that has been Todd Bowles’ strength

Sunday, 08 October 2017, 03:25:05 PM. CLEVELAND — The Jets have been one of the least-penalized teams in the NFL under coach Todd Bowles, finishing near the bottom in penalties accepted in each of his first two seasons. But the past tw…
CLEVELAND — The Jets have been one of the least-penalized teams in the NFL under coach Todd Bowles, finishing near the bottom in penalties accepted in each of his first two seasons. But the past two weeks have not gone well in that department. The Jets have committed 10 penalties in each of their past two games, against the Dolphins and Jaguars. It is something the players have heard about this week. “A hundred percent,” guard Brian Winters said, when asked if the coaches are emphasizing cutting down on the flags. “I had a few [against the Jaguars]. Just mental mistakes, we’ve got to lock in and concentrate harder. That’s the biggest emphasis this week is just concentration and trying to dial in on it.” Bowles is a stickler about penalties. “It’s a big area we emphasize every week,” he said. “We don’t want 10 penalties a week. I know we got them the last two weeks and that’s something we’re working on now. That’s kind of a pet peeve of mine, so we have to get better there.” Is it because the Jets are a young team? “No, that has nothing to do with it,” Bowles said. “We just can’t get penalties. Some of our penalties are from veteran guys.” The Jets rank 11th in the NFL with 30 total penalties. Cornerback Morris Claiborne leads the Jets with four, and Winters, who had a holding call and a false start last week, is second with three. Seven of the penalties have been holding calls, some of them questionable — like Wes Johnson’s against the Dolphins that brought back a long Bilal...Read more
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