Jets handle tardiness issues with players swiftly
Players of the New York Jets are coming late to meetings and are possibly even missing them entirely. The Jets have done the right thing in holding players accountable and keeping it in-house.
This past weekend, word got out that some players on the New York Jets have come to team meetings late and even missed them entirely. As the saying goes, when it rains it pours as the Jets continue to lose football games and now reports like this are surfacing.
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No one will ever know what exactly happened, but head coach Todd Bowles and company did a good job handling some of their in-house issues. Word got out all across the sports media world that defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were late to team meetings and even missed some entirely.
Whether they’re true or not, those are issues that should only be dealt with behind closed doors. It is sad, however, that some of the top players on the team, veterans that younger players undoubtedly look up to, are allowing themselves to get into these situations.
At the end of the day, the Jets are pretty much going to end up having this season be labeled as a failure. Losing is unfortunate and tends to make every little issue like tardiness amplified tremendously. But players like Wilkerson and Richardson should know better. While they were benched for the entire 1st quarter this past Sunday against the Dolphins, it’s important that the message was delivered.
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While they were held accountable for their actions, hopefully, this is the end of having to hear about Pro Bowl players having time and attendance issues. Bowles handling everything in stride and even though somehow, someway, it got leaked to the media on what possibly happened, didn’t air out any dirty laundry on players that undoubtedly got the message.
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Overall, it’s good to see Bowles handle these issues swiftly and over the next few days, should all be old news. There are still about two months left of football to be played as the focus should be on ending this disaster of a season on a positive note to look forward to 2017.