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.