Jets’ miracle month isn’t enough to save Todd Bowles’ job

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 12:18:53 PM. Todd Bowles was emphatic Sunday after a win over the Browns when asked what the Jets had accomplished. “We haven’t done anything,” the Jets coach said. But I would argue with Bowles that is not tru…
Todd Bowles was emphatic Sunday after a win over the Browns when asked what the Jets had accomplished. “We haven’t done anything,” the Jets coach said. But I would argue with Bowles that is not true. The Jets are 3-2, tied for first place in the AFC East with a showdown this Sunday against the Patriots. They are in a position no one expected them to be in when the season began. No one believes they are a great team, but no one is saying they are the worst team in the NFL anymore either. Bowles deserves a ton of credit for where these Jets are. This is not a good football team. The Jets do not have loads of talent. They have the 26th-ranked offense and the 25th-ranked defense in the NFL. They have been outscored 47-14 in the fourth quarter. Their pass rush is a rumor and their offense vanishes for long stretches. So, they have some warts. Still … they’re 3-2, tied for first place in the AFC East with a showdown on Sunday against the Patriots. Bowles has galvanized this group of players from the start of spring workouts through now. He has preached team unity and used the doubters on the outside just enough to give his team a push. Unlike Rex Ryan, Bowles does not announce every perceived slight to the team to form an us-against-the-world mentality, but he has not pretended those low expectations don’t exist and if that pushes a player, fine. The offense has looked competent at times, which is better than expected.Getty Images After a year of locker-room dysfunction in 2016,...Read more
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