Unlike his predecessor with the Jets, coach Todd Bowles isn’t a big talker. Unlike his predecessor with the Jets, Bowles wants his players to not be big talkers, either.
Meeting with reporters on the same day a Twitter battle erupted between Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow (who spent a season with the Jets), Bowles said he has communicated with Cromartie regarding the proper procedures for communicating with others.
“Me and Cro talked about it,” Bowles told reporters. “I don’t know what happened today with the Kellen Winslow thing, I’m not on Twitter, Facebook, or any of those things. We talked about it. We’re just trying to focus on the team. Like I said, we didn’t win last year and there’s really nothing to talk about other than us getting better. All the other outside stuff, you don’t worry about.”
Cromartie also has sparked a back-and-forth with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, criticizing Sherman for playing one side of the field and not following the other team’s best receiver wherever he goes.
It’ll be interesting to see whether this blanket admonition from a fairly soft-spoken head coach will be enough to pull the plug on Cromartie and others who may be inclined to talk about anything other than getting better. It’ll also be interesting to see whether Bowles will speak more than softly and/or carry and use a big stick if Cromartie and others ignore the coach’s preferences.