The Jets, by all appearances, have had a tumultuous week. Their head coach says it wasn’t. Which makes us wonder how crazy it would have to be before he’d use that label.
“It is actually not tumultuous at all,” Bowles said of a game that included a torn ACL to quarterback Geno Smith and a postgame no-one-believes-in-me rant from starter-turned-backup-turned-starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Ryan said what he said. We had a conversation, we are all on the same page and we have moved on.”
Bowles believes that Fitzpatrick’s performance against the Ravens, which helped the Jets snap a four-game losing streak, can result in more strong play.
“I do believe it,” Bowles said. “Everybody needs motivation every now and then, and whatever a player needs to be motivated to help him play, I think he should use that. Ryan came in and gave us a boost, and he finished the game for us and got us a win. We had lost four in a row before that. Going forward, it will be his team.”
Like the Bears with Jay Cutler, the Jets have no choice. They’re still alive, technically, for a playoff run. Until they’re more clearly cooked, there’s no reason to test out Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg.
Regardless, the coach who never seems to be flustered by anything isn’t flustered by what happened on Sunday. If he wasn’t flustered by that, he’ll possibly never be flustered by anything.