After all the boasting and bluster of the Rex Ryan era, Todd Bowles appears to be a calming influence on the Jets.
But don’t let that stoic demeanor fool you, as he’s capable unleashing some fire and brimstone of his own.
Via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson said Bowles “went off” on the team after last week’s loss to the Texans.
“Coach Todd, after the game, went off on us and told us, ‘Losing is not acceptable,’” Wilkerson said on WFAN. “He doesn’t like losing, as well. I’m pretty sure that everybody in the locker room definitely needs to have that spark lit under them this week, and we need to get these wins rolling quickly.”
Bowles was upset but restrained in his postgame press conference.
“I’m extremely upset today, but I’m not going to take it out here,” Bowles said to reporters. “We’ll discuss that in-house when I get back in the locker room and we get in the meeting.”
That discussion was apparently quite heated once the doors closed and the cameras were off.
“He’s an emotional guy,” Wilkerson said. “He yells at us when things are not going as they should on the field, and they’re not looking the way he expects it to be. He definitely gets on us.”
He should, as the Jets have slipped from 4-1 to 5-5 and the middle of a morass of teams fighting for AFC playoff spots. They’ve shown they can play well at times, but last week was not one of those times, and Bowles apparently let his guys know it in no uncertain terms.