As the New York Jets continue to prepare for the upcoming season, their new coaching staff is already building a stricter culture compared to last year.
At 5-11 last season, the New York Jets were a complete mess both on and off the field. On the gridiron, they couldn’t score touchdowns, their defense was abysmal, and their coaching staff really dropped the ball when it came to holding players accountable. Off the field, players were in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
From veterans being late to team meetings and locker room disputes, last season is one that many would like to forget. This time around, head coach Todd Bowles has brought in several new coaches to help create a stricter culture to ensure that history won’t repeat itself.
This stricter culture has already begun. During rookie minicamp last week, things were fast, furious, and a real glimpse at what this coaching staff plans to do once training camp eventually arrives was evident. Coaches were screaming at mistakes and truly brought an aggressive tempo that wasn’t there last season.
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In an article written by Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, here is what Bowles had to say about the new mentality that has already been initiated from his new coaching staff:
“We had good coaches last year,” Bowles said. “I was looking for different types, as far as teaching their guys a different way. And with the system we had coming in, I knew the kind of guys I was looking for. All those guys that replaced the guys we had kind of fit the bill.”
It’s imperative that Bowles creates a culture of hard work, accountability, and a no-nonsense approach when it comes to any distractions that take away from the task at hand. His coaching staff should reflect that and so far, are making sure that everyone is focused and ready to execute. Hopefully, headlines should end up being about winning football games and player progression, not on distractions by players making dumb mistakes or not showing up to mandatory meetings on time.