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Todd Bowles wisely moves on from controversial fumble

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands after the Patriots' 24-17 win at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands after the Patriots' 24-17 win at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Whether you feel it was a fumble or not on that supposed touchdown by tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, what’s done is done. Head coach Todd Bowles has wisely moved on from discussing it any further to avoid distractions for the New York Jets.

When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught what should have been a touchdown but referees officially determined to be a fumble in Week 6 against the New England Patriots, it infuriated the team and fans alike. The New York Jets ended up accepting fate for what it was as the momentum undoubtedly shifted to the Patriots and it was too much to overcome when all was said and done.

It’s one of those moments that will always be remembered. Whether you believe it’s a conspiracy against the Jets since it involves the Patriots or just the usual luck of the franchise, it is what it is. What’s done is done.

All the Jets can do is accept what happened and move on to their next opponent. Week 7 puts the Jets on the road against their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins as they can easily bounce back from their heartbreaking loss to the Patriots and continue improving as a team.

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Head coach Todd Bowles recently spoke about “the fumble” this week and has done the right thing by ending all conversations about it. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said about it:

On his personal opinion concerning the Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ non-touchdown call…

It does not matter today. We have to move on to Miami. It’s not going to change, so it really does not matter. It’s not worth talking about for me.

Bowles is right in saying what he said about one of the most controversial calls of the season. There is no sense in crying about it now as regardless, the Jets impressed everyone in Week 6. They played with a sense of urgency, pride, and at the start of the game, had everything in place to have the biggest upset of the week.

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Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way but this team can hang their heads up high knowing they gave it their all and went toe-to-toe with the defending Super Bowl champions. Not many teams can say that as the Jets continue to play hard week in, week out. It’s a testament to their team unity and that no matter what team is in front of them, they’re going to fight every step of the way.

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