Todd Bowles wants his players to talk only about getting better

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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.

16 responses to “Todd Bowles wants his players to talk only about getting better

  1. I think the Jets have done a good job with the hiring of the coach and GM. It’s not often you can say that about the Jets. I think Geno will show just enough to make them think they can win with him, but if they can up grade the QB position, they will compete for playoff byes.

  2. Well, at least Bowles knows what the social media outlets are, unlike Bill “Spacebook and Tweeter” O’Brien.

    It sounds like Bowles is trying to change the culture from the top down. Ron Rivera did that with the Panthers when in an interview in his first season, he said, “Fans need to know that ‘it is what it is’ is past.” Good move on Bowles’ part. If it’s broke, fix it.

  3. Good. Todd Bowles is the perfect coach for this team. They need a rude wake up call on what it takes to win in this league.

    Rex let this ship run wild the last few years. Time to tighten the leash.

  4. Pats fan here – this saddens me because this is what a good coach should do, unlike the undisciplined Rex mess.
    The Jets seem to have a no nonsense coach, and I fear that.

  5. Doesn’t matter what your style is…quiet or brash. Just win and be yourself. With that said, I believe the Jets at this point and time needed Todd Bowles no nonsense philosophy, however, I enjoyed Rex Ryan as the head coach of the Jets. The Jets almost made the Super Bowl twice with Rex Ryan as head coach. Rex had a pretty good run as the head coach of the Jets, and I don’t regret his time coaching the Jets. I hopeful Todd Bowles is very successful during his run with the Jets doing things his way.

  6. Good call Todd, concentrate on changing the culture there, leave all that outside noise outside…get better on the field and everything else will take care of itself….

  7. qdog112 says:
    Jun 11, 2015 8:00 AM

    Good call coach. Filter out the noise and get your guys focused by letting them know, the circus has left town.

    I only wish that it left the state. But it’s Buffalo’s problem now

  8. @goingthextramile, I have to disagree with you because although you could say Rex himself was merely brash, he let his team do trash. And that’s what we’re talking about here – not just how the HC himself comes across but how he gets the team to act. Trash is not just a lack of being classy, it’s an indicator of underlying ill-discipline, a waste of energy and distraction from what a team needs to focus on, and a hindrance to getting better – and it quickly becomes poisonous to morale when things go wrong. Hence some late-season implosions by the Jets. You can still possibly win with trash but overall it’s an additional obstacle on an already tough path rather than just an edgy style. As Ryan and the Jets during his tenure have found out.

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