The New York Jets are heading into a pivotal season as head coach Todd Bowles prepares for his sophomore year with a franchise having very high expectations.
It’s not easy playing in the city that never sleeps, even more so if you’re a head coach of a team in the biggest sports market in the world. Head coach Todd Bowles delivered nicely last season for the New York Jets, posting a 10-6 record in his first year on the job and handling some major obstacles along the way.
Last offseason, Bowles handles many issues that came up with the Jets ranging from the punch heard around the world involving quarterback Geno Smith, off-the-field issues with defensive end Sheldon Richardson and dealing with game losses that could have ended in a much better outcome.
Bowles handled everything in stride but also received much criticism when it came to how he handled personnel moves as well as adjusting during key moments in games. Just like rookie players, it takes time for everything to become a habit, especially for a first-time head coach. Bowles has made a very good impression so far that has been resonating throughout the locker room as players respond well to him.
Heading into 2016, Bowles is facing a pivotal season as things won’t be as easy as they were last year. The Jets face an incredibly tough schedule as this time around, their first six games alone are against the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.
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With the biggest question mark on the team being how well will the Jets be with likely starting quarterback Geno Smith, 2016 could be what defines his coaching legacy.
Should the Jets start the season 0-3 or even 0-4, will his team be able to get through the adversity?
Can the Jets’ defense once again be a top 10 unit in the NFL?
Did Bowles learn how to better handle halftime adjustments?
These and so many other questions will be answered as the Jets will be on the national spotlight five times this upcoming season. It will give the football world a glimpse at either a team destined to finally end their NFL Playoff drought or a team that resembles the mantra of “Same Old Jets” as they continue to never get a break.
Overall, all eyes will be on how Bowles handles everything that comes in stride. He’s the key component of making sure this team knows what is at stake and how they’re essentially built to win now and possibly go the distance. It’s an important season for the Jets as Bowles heads into his second year on the job ready to prove he has what it takes to turn this team into a consistent contender yet again.