It’s no secret the New York Jets are in for a tough season ahead but head coach Todd Bowles isn’t buying into rebuilding or accepting failure. He’s keeping his team focused on going the distance in 2017.
Head coach Todd Bowles, entering his third season in the NFL, is facing a true test this upcoming season with the New York Jets. When he first arrived at the scene, he surprised the football world and had the Jets within one game of making the NFL Playoffs. 2015 was a great year in that the Jets were finally competitive and had all the right people at the right time that won a lot of football games.
2016, on the other hand, was an absolute nightmare. The hope was bringing back the majority of stars that contributed to the 10-6 record of the previous season would pick up exactly where they left off. Needless to say, everything imploded and the Jets are back to the drawing board at this point in time. Bowles made a lot of mistakes so far in his tenure with bad time management, dumb decisions when it came to challenging plays/using timeouts and dealing with a lot of off-the-field distractions.
Things have so far been heading in the right direction this offseason. Bowles brought in some new coaches that are already setting the tone for a culture built upon hard work, preparation, and accountability. Everyone has seemingly written off the Jets this upcoming season since the truth of the matter is, their tough schedule and lack of overall talent might produce another five or less win season.
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Bowles refuses to believe the negativity that his team might end up being one of the worst in 2017 and is keeping everyone focused like he has been from the start. In an article written by Daniel Popper for the New York Daily News, here is what Bowles said about his expectations for the regular season:
“Our ultimate goal is to get to the Super Bowl,” the Jets coach said. “Obviously we’ve got to take steps. We have a lot of guys we’ve got to get acclimated chemistry-wise right away. But our goal is to win, regardless of whether we got younger guys or older guys.”
Did Bowles just say Super Bowl? Obviously, that should be the goal every year for every team but it’s great to see Bowles still stick to everything he’s been saying since he first was announced as the next head coach of the Jets. Could the Jets pull off the unthinkable and actually go the distance? It’s any given Sunday in the grand scheme of things as anything can happen in the NFL and by all accounts, Bowles is ready to still keep expectations high.