Make or Break for Bowles

By Vasquez, Andy | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), November 9, 2016 | Go to article overview

Make or Break for Bowles


Vasquez, Andy, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


Not all that long ago, Todd Bowles was the toast of Jets Nation.

In his first year as head coach, he guided the team to a 10-6 record and the verge of a playoff berth. The expectations were that New York could build on that. But the start to this season has been awful, and Bowles knows everything has changed.

"I haven't done a good job," Bowles said. "We're 3-6. It speaks for itself. I can do a lot better job of coaching."

There've been a lot of bad losses, but none more damaging, or more frustrating, than Sunday's setback in Miami.

And a lot of the issues point back to the coaching staff.

There was a lack of discipline. The Jets committed a slew of costly penalties, including four personal fouls in the first half. On Miami's first drive, Calvin Pryor and Buster Skrine committed personal fouls to hand the otherwise struggling Dolphins 30 yards. It jump-started the Dolphins' offense and led to a touchdown.

And for the second time in three weeks, special teams gave up a touchdown. Kenyan Drake's 96-yard kickoff return was doubly painful, because it came after Antonio Allen was whistled for being offside. Allen was adamant that he wasn't offside, but Bowles said it didn't matter.

"It was close," Bowles said. "He threw the flag, so he was offside. You can't be that close. We have to make sure we're clear- cut behind the line when the ball is kicked."

And it somehow got worse. In the final minutes, it looked as if the defense quit. It just needed a stop to get the offense the ball back and a chance to win. …

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