Jets should follow the Dallas Cowboys method
By Michael Pallas
When it comes to patience with the head coach and coaching staff, the New York Jets need to look to Arlington, TX for the model of patience.
In 2010, the Dallas Cowboys started the season 1-7. They fired their head coach Wade Phillips and replaced him with their former backup quarterback, Jason Garrett. After three consecutive 8-8 seasons, the media began to call for the firing of Garrett, and the same seems to be going on with New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles.
Jerry Jones didn’t listen to the media, and he stuck with Garrett, allowing him to build the team in his image. The Cowboys have won two of the last three NFC East titles, and they look like (albeit just after Week 1) they could be on the verge of becoming the first NFC East team to win consecutive titles since the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-04.
Bowles is trying to do the same thing the Jets, but the difference is he doesn’t have a foundation of players with which to work. He’s basically starting from scratch and trying to instill a new culture to this organization.
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He and general manager Mike Maccagnan are building the foundation from the beginning. It’s going to take time, and they both need to work together to build this team. It won’t be done overnight. It will easily take multiple seasons.
Regardless of what you think this team looks like now, they are young. The perception is also that they’re not talented, but they also need time to develop before judging that. Let’s see what this coaching staff can get out of them.
Allow the Jets to build their philosophy, which they’re building from the ground up, and judge accordingly once it doesn’t work. We really don’t know if Bowles can be a good head coach with his philosophy. It’ll take a lot of time and patience for the Jets to become winners. Let it play out.