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Todd Bowles preaches chemistry in 2016

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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As the New York Jets end their preseason against the New York Giants, head coach Todd Bowles is preaching about chemistry heading into the regular season.

When it comes to the New York Jets, chemistry is the name of the game. For years now, it’s the one thing that has kept this franchise back in the grand scheme of things. The best teams in the NFL are all about building chemistry and cohesion year in, year out. As head coach Todd Bowles enters his second year with the Jets, he’s trying to establish that message loud and clear.

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So far this preseason, the Jets haven’t been consistent and aren’t working together effectively. Despite beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in preseason Week 1, their defense didn’t live up to the hype that it has been generating all throughout the offseason. They looked sloppy and unable to be consistent with their overall pass rush, which was their main focus to address for the upcoming season.

Against the Washington Redskins in their preseason Week 2 match-up, it was more of the same tune from the week prior. The Jets’ defense was sloppy but their offense showed a nice rhythm, especially with their wide receiving corps. With two consecutive weeks of their defense not living up to their potential, their preseason finale against the New York Giants must end with a victory and strong effort.

Their defense must execute and prove that it got faster, younger and more aggressive. They can’t allow sub-par backup quarterbacks to dissect their defense at will. They need to ensure they end their final preseason game not only with a win but show some improvement as their opponents to start the regular season won’t be an easy walk in the park.

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Bowles knows chemistry is important for the Jets as they face a much tougher schedule this time around.

At 10-6 last year, the Jets have high expectations as they’re built to win now and can’t afford to have a bad start or play poorly.

Their offense, for the most part, has returned as they have some new weapons in their arsenal.

Some of which could bring even bigger results with Bowles having a year of head coaching experience under his belt.

But again, chemistry is what it’s all about. The Jets proved they could go the distance but with everything on the line, they fell short. Bowles’ message is clear to the team that if the same situation happens, they must rise to the occasion and deliver. Here is what he ultimately said about chemistry, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:

On how he views the third preseason game…

Nothing other than getting chemistry together. It’s not a dress rehearsal because the regular season is 10 times more amped up than this. It’s a completely different deal, but you do want to develop some chemistry as you play your guys longer because they play shorter amounts of time in the other two games. You do want to see some chemistry and some cohesiveness.

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Overall, chemistry is what turns pretenders into contenders. Even though the Jets have a slate of tough opponents that await them in 2016, chemistry could be what makes them surprise many this upcoming season.

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