Jets receiver Brandon Marshall spoke out this week about what he sees as a double standard in the NFL, with white players getting preferential treatment on discipline. Jets coach Todd Bowles wasn’t happy about that.
Like most NFL coaches, Bowles doesn’t like players focused on anything other than the team’s next game. And so when Bowles heard about Marshall’s comments, he sought Marshall out and asked him not to make comments like that.
“I just like him [to be] smarter moving forward,” Bowles said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “In terms of how he says things.”
Bowles said he doesn’t think Marshall is a distraction, he just wants to make sure all the focus in the Jets’ locker room is on football.
But Marshall made his comments on the set of Inside the NFL, not at the Jets’ facility. And there’s nothing saying that Marshall can’t be fully focused on football while also expressing his opinions in his free time. Football coaches are control freaks, but Bowles needs to know he can’t control everything Marshall or any other player says.
UPDATE: Bowles also said Marshall’s comments were no problem and no big deal. His fuller comments are here.