Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets recently chimed his thoughts on what could be the major issue with the woes in their defensive secondary.
The New York Jets are currently 1-3 on the season and are on the outside looking in. Besides their offensive woes, the Jets’ defensive secondary has been looking like swiss cheese as of late. They’ve been terrible in defending against the deep pass and couldn’t cover a tight end if the season depended on it.
It’s no secret that head coach Todd Bowles is facing his toughest challenge yet as the clock is ticking. It’s imperative that he gets this team under control and when it comes to their defensive secondary, go back to basics and make the necessary changes to improve the positional group as a whole.
The season is far from over but by the looks of it, could be if the Jets lose another game or two over the next few weeks. With games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, and Baltimore Ravens on the horizon, their defensive secondary will be facing some very pass-happy offenses.
Communication seems to be a key factor in why things aren’t clicking as envisioned. Too many blown assignments with missed tackles and a lack of execution are causing this positional group to play defense that can only be described as embarrassing.
Bowles recently spoke to the media on the Jets’ defensive secondary. Here is what he had to say about it, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
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On if he feels the Jets have beaten themselves the last two weeks…
We made way too many mistakes. It wasn’t just the turnovers today. We gave up a big play. We busted some things. We had too many holding calls on offense. We had balls down the field on defense and beat ourselves two weeks in a row. We have to fix that. That is something we have been concentrating on and will continue to do. We have to get getter.
On if he is concerned with the secondary…
I’m concerned about them not making any plays and giving up a big ball down the field in simple coverage.
On why the Jets continue to allow long passing plays…
That’s a good question. There should be no excuse at this point in time. We’re not playing anything difficult. It just got busted back there and it needs to be corrected. If it can’t be corrected, then we need to change people.
Overall, the defensive secondary of the Jets needs to get their act together faster than a New York minute. Time is ticking and it all comes down to Bowles in order to put this team back in the right direction.