The time to resolve Todd Bowles’ destiny at One Jets Drive is swiftly approaching. With simply two video games remaining within the 2017 season, appearing proprietor Christopher Johnson should decide sooner reasonably than later if he believes Bowles is the suitable man to guide Gang Inexperienced subsequent season and past.
Bowles, although, shouldn’t be fascinated about campaigning for himself. The coach, within the third yr of a four-year contract, refused to reply a number of questions on his future with the group Thursday in Florham Park.
When requested what he feels he proved to possession this season by successful 5 video games with a roster many thought was the worst within the NFL, Bowles mentioned, “I am not going to speak about my job.”
Later, Bowles was requested how badly he needs to return to the Jets, contemplating the robust bonds and connections he is made with the gamers. He gave the sport reply. “I am not going to speak about my job,” he mentioned.
The responses are comprehensible from Bowles, a humble man who hardly ever discusses his successes with reporters. However the Jets are mathematically out of the playoffs, and now would appear like a superb time to speak publicly in regards to the spectacular job he is achieved this season.
Bowles mentioned “it is not” exhausting to keep away from interested by his job safety.
“Subsequent recreation,” Bowles added. “It is my livelihood to attempt to win the following recreation and that’s what I am going to work and follow for.”
In September, Johnson mentioned Bowles wouldn’t be judged on wins and losses. Slightly, possession would decide based mostly on how a lot the younger gamers enhance through the yr. If that is actually the measuring stick, Bowles deserves to be again in Florham Park in 2018.
Jets offensive coordinator John Morton, a former vast receiver and longtime receivers coach, is simply as confused by the NFL catch rule as many followers.
“I do not even know,” Morton mentioned Thursday, when requested for his ideas on the controversial rule. “Do not even ask me that query. I am unable to even clarify it.”
The Steelers misplaced to the Patriots on Sunday in Pittsburgh after tight Jesse James had a landing catch overturned and dominated incomplete. James appeared to catch the ball earlier than reaching throughout the objective line. However as he hit the turf, the ball was knocked free from his fingers.
Pats coach Invoice Belichick mentioned this week that he coaches his gamers to not prolong the ball to the objective line to keep away from conditions like James’, in addition to fumbles via the top zone. Morton has given an analogous directive to his gamers.
“I say rating with the ball so that does not occur,” Morton mentioned. “Meaning run in with it.”
Bowles mentioned Muhammad Wilkerson’s second benching this month for tardiness “has not had an impact on our relationship.” Wilkerson practiced absolutely for the second straight day Thursday. He shall be a game-time resolution Sunday in opposition to the Chargers.
Operating again Matt Forte (knee), proper guard Brian Winters (stomach) and operating again Elijah McGuire (sickness) didn’t follow Thursday.
Broad receiver Robby Anderson (hamstring, hip) and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (concussion) have been restricted. Williams remains to be in league protocol.