Coffee with the Jets: Will Todd Bowles have a job in 2018?
As the New York Jets prepare for a rough season ahead, a loyal reader asks if head coach Todd Bowles will still have a job if 2017 ends up truly being a disaster.
With training camp just a few weeks away, the New York Jets are preparing to do their best heading into another season of uncertainty. There are a whole lot of question marks when it comes to almost every aspect of this roster. Do they have a franchise quarterback currently on the team? Will their running game hold up all season long? Can their defense be a strength again? Will head coach Todd Bowles have a job if the Jets only win a handful of games?
Your guesses are as good as mine, but the last question brings up a great discussion over an iced cup of coffee. In case you didn’t know, my Coffee with the Jets series is an open forum for my loyal readers via Twitter to ask me anything they’d like on our beloved Gang Green. I’ll then take these questions and answer them right here on The Jet Press.
This very question on Bowles came from Adam via Twitter. Here’s exactly what he said:
If the jets have a dismal season as predicted, will Bowles still have a job by the end of the season?
— Adam Hyman ? (@AdamH1966) July 3, 2017
For months now, I’ve predicted the Jets to end up with another 5-11 season as they usher in this youth movement. When it comes to developing younger talent, some will develop faster than others but the majority take at least a season or two before everything comes together. Bowles is a good head coach as he’s also developing heading into his third season with the Jets.
In the grand scheme of things, if the Jets end up winning five or fewer games this upcoming season, it wouldn’t make sense for the franchise to fire him. It’s been well established that the Jets are rebuilding and as much as he and everyone on the team are preaching about their goal to make the NFL Playoffs and head to the Super Bowl, reality says otherwise.
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The Jets won’t be winning many football games but it’s important the franchise keep this leadership regime intact. For years now, the turnover of head coaches and general managers for the Jets is ridiculous.
Stability is the name of the game as Bowles should be ultimately judged in 2018 and 2019 once all these players are ready to be put to the test. Until then, it’s best to continue having Bowles put his thumbprint on the team and mold these players into what it takes to be contenders again.
Expect Bowles to keep his job even if the Jets win only a single game in 2017. I honestly believe the Jets have learned from their past mistakes and want to see what Bowles can do once he has a better quarterback situation and a young team hungry to succeed to the point where they can have a season worth mentioning.