Jets on Monday voted against a midseason firing by coach Todd Bowles, whose team was a complete disaster in Sunday's…
Jets on Monday voted against a midseason firing by coach Todd Bowles, whose team was a complete disaster in Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the bills at the MetLife Stadium.
So was this the right move?
It was at least an unprecedented move from Woody and Christopher Johnson, the brother-owned owner, who is the actor of Woody serving as the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Remember, Woody did not fire Rex Ryan midnight 2014, despite a 1-8 (and 2-11) start. Jetsna ended that year 4-12, and Ryan was replaced by Bowles.
In the end, Bowles would now fade – with the 3-7 jets and on a four-match loss game that went into his week-end – having earned so little more than a punitive, PR-oriented move to shame on angry fans, which is the thirst for someone ̵
1; someone – to pay immediately for jets lack of progress. And this lack of progress this year has broken, undoubtedly.
Odds are, Bowles will eventually pay with his job after this season. It would be great if he could do enough in the last six games – including two meetings with the patriots, and one with Packers, Titans and Texans – to save their job.
What practical purpose would shoot Bowles now have earned? Probably not much of one.
It’s not like the jets would have immediately solved all their problems, such as the talent shortages in their roasts and the offensive woes created by rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s inexperience and coordinator Jeremy Bates lack of response and creativity.
Bates is Jets quarterback’s coach too, so shooting him almost certainly would not happen. You do not remove a high-grade rookie quarterbacks position coach halfway through the season, no matter how miserable a crime is. And the jets break is certainly unfortunate right now, in another lost season for a fan base who gets tired of these failures.
Then it’s a potential Bowles replacement. There really is no one at Jets staff right now who is fully capable of taking over as head coach. Yes, wide receiver coach Karl Dorrell has a major coaching experience – from 2003-07 at UCLA. Jets assistant head coach – inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell – has never been a head coach.
This is not like Brown’s situation, where coach Hue Jackson and offensive co-ordinator Todd Haley – like Jackson have bickering – both shoved earlier in the season and defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams (a former NFL coach) were promoted.
It would be a thing if the jets shoot Bowles with two or three matches left in the season. But to do it with six games left – and putting Dorrell or Caldwell in charge – can be considered as a dubious move in retrospect for Darnold’s development … and the development of a young changing room.
Usually, a beginner with beginners needs consistency at all levels in their coaching staff. There is a very good chance that Darnold will need to handle a change after the season, when jets coaching staff will almost be wiped out and a new offensive approach is introduced. However, a change during the season may particularly affect a child in Darnold’s position.
Christoper and Woody Johnson have apparently come to these conclusions after taking the frustrated feelings of the decision-making process because they chose to keep Bowles for now.
There is no clear, perfect answer here. Jetsna comes from his worst loss in the last memory, and it appeared that Bowles players ended him during Sunday’s loss to the bills.
But they have many big picture problems besides Bowles being their head coach. He is a broken coach, without a doubt, and certainly a part of the problem. But General Manager Mike Maccagnan’s roster building has still left too many question marks and holes.
And while Darnold may stop being a good quarterback, most rookies fight in that position and losses stack up. Darnold has obvious limitations right now that keeps the jets back – which is great for this season, because it is part of his normal cultivation process.
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The brothers Johnson must decide after this season if Maccagnan really is the right man to implement this conversion process to the year 3, 2019. Ideally, they want stability in their organization, but also some possible results. On Monday – at least in the short term, and no concrete results from this spiral season – they chose stability.
It would be a shocker if Bowles is the coach again and tries to deliver the long-awaited results next season. But strange things have happened, especially for the jets.