Todd Bowles is safe, unless he isn’t

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It’s that time of year, folks. Embattled coaches throughout the NFL are safe, unless they aren’t.

The first guy to firmly fall into this category is Jets coach Todd Bowles. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media delivered moments ago on NFL Game Day First the news that the Jets won’t fire Bowles, unless they do.

Basically, Rapoport says Bowles is safe unless the team continues to perform like it did on Monday night against the Colts. Which is a softer way of saying Bowles is coaching for his job at this point, and that he needs to get a team that seemed to quit six days ago to reverse its attitude and its performance in the final four games of the season.

The report was less equivocal regarding multiple big-name players who may not be part of the effort to turn the franchise around, with receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, and cornerback Darrelle Revis specifically mentioned as likely castoffs.

Marshall, whose talent can’t be denied, has been traded three times before. He’s also never made it to the postseason in 11 NFL seasons.

Revis has a $6 million fully guaranteed salary in 2017, and a $2 million roster bonus due in March. So if they make a move with Revis, they’ll likely make it before the extra $2 million becomes due.

The Jets tried to trade Richardson prior to the October deadline for doing so, but they ultimately could find no taker — possibly because they wanted too much. In the offseason, they may have to take whatever they can get if the goal is to move on from the player who once was regarded as the future cornerstone of the defense.

17 responses to “Todd Bowles is safe, unless he isn’t

  1. “Revis has a $6 million fully guaranteed salary in 2017, and a $2 million roster bonus due in March. ”

    Old Revis Island wouldn’t have gotten out of bed for 8 mil a year much less actually played for that. He would have held out forcing a renegotiation.

    The way he’s played this year if the don’t cut him it would be surprising and he better show up and be happy they’ll even pay him that much.

  2. .
    Q. Which team will be competitive first, Cleveland or the Jets? The Browns have a plethora of draft choices and an abundance of cap space. The Jets have only their allotted picks and near zero available dollars. In addition,, many of the Jets current assets are virtually untradeable.
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  3. The ‘is unless it isn’t’ trope was never clever. Now it is beaten to death and molested. Let it go.

    Todd Bowles likely coaching for his job – better headline.

  4. At least we all knew Cleveland was in a deep rebuilding hole.

    The Jets were thinking SB coming into the season and Bowles was thought to be an excellent young coach, now they have fallen further faster than any team in recent memory.

  5. The Jets can clear 50 mil by cutting or trading Revis, Mangold, Breno, Marshall, Harris and Richardson. Don’t tell me they have “near zero dollars available” when those are all moves they should make. Only one I see them maybe hanging onto is Harris.

  6. Rapp also said there’s a void in the locker room with a lack of leadership. Mangold stopped being a leader when he held out of training camp to lobby for Fitz, Marshall and Richardson argued early in the season, Richardson missed meetings and Marshall did the same thing as Mangold, Breno looks done his body can’t handle the punishment anymore, and Revis is just overpaid and lazy now, never even wanted the guy back to begin with because who didn’t see this coming? No wonder Wilkerson missed meetings, the Vets and leadership on this team turned sour except for David Harris who I think they will keep to bring Lee along.

    Being a Jets fan is tough, fair weather fans want Maccagnan and Bowles fired because we’re not winning, these are the same rabid fans who wanted Fitz back. If only they realised our owner has no connections in league circles so he looks at fan feedback. Give these guys some time to build a roster I will take Ron Wolf’s choices over a bunch of irrational fair weather Jets fans picks for GM and HC.

  7. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a head coach always looking like he doesn’t know what’s going on. Every press conference I’ve seen the Jets coach looks like a deer caught in headlights. I don’t understand keeping him another year, he obviously isn’t the leader they need.

  8. Let me end the suspense right now. Bowles isn’t going anywhere. Then next year after the team improves to 8 – 8, he will be ensconced. Revis isn’t going anywhere either. To cut him will appear to Johnson like the Patriots got the better of the Jets. You just can’t have that.

  9. “Old Revis Island wouldn’t have gotten out of bed for 8 mil a year much less actually played for that. He would have held out forcing a renegotiation.”

    His 2017 salary is potentially $15,333,333 ($13 million base of which $6 million is guaranteed; $2 million roster bonus; $333,333 option bonus).

    It’s just the $6 million that is guaranteed (and which the Jets would have a dead money cap hit if/when they cut him).

  10. Before you fire Bowles consider this:

    1 – the roster is determined by the GM, not the HC. If the GM brings in garbage, whats a HC supposed to do?

    2 – Will the Jets fire their GM? Probably not after 2016. But if they go 4-12 or 5-11 in 2017 then might the GM get fired? If the GM is fired in 1 year, then what happens to a newly hired HC? Will he be fired too? Will he get to stay one more year, as a lame duck? It’s a very unstable situation to for a HC to come into. Would a good HC prospect want to come to a team with:

    A – no QB
    B – a Bad Roster
    C – a potentially new GM/boss in 1 year, that has no loyalty to you

    You can get crappy head coach prospects, but not good ones.

    face it, the reason the Jets stink is their roster. First improve that, then worry about the HC. That means fire the ineffective GM they have now.

  11. Want to bet Revis gets cut? The Jets aren’t going to pay him 16MM next year. He’s gone. He’s not even trying,. Gone for sure.

    As for 8-8, how? Who will their QB be?
    How will they get a completely new secondary? What 2 CBs and 2 safetys will they start, that are currently on the roster?
    Skrine , Revis, Gilchrist stink and will all be cut. They have NO secondary whatsoever.

    When the Colts drop 41 points on you, you stink.
    Lets see how they do against Colin Kaepernick. If he puts up reasonable numbers, then its an indication they will go 4-12 or 5-11 next year.

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    bencoates57 says:

    Let me end the suspense right now. Bowles isn’t going anywhere. Then next year after the team improves to 8 – 8, he will be ensconced. Revis isn’t going anywhere either. To cut him will appear to Johnson like the Patriots got the better of the Jets. You just can’t have that.

  12. If the coach thought his job was on the line, he would not be playing young players. Must of been told his job was safe, so see what we have to build around.

  13. they didn’t bother to show up all season they better not show up now.

    20+ year jet fan

    im rooting for 3-13

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