Head coach Todd Bowles continues to land the right messages when it comes to players on the New York Jets course-correcting their issues. This time around, it’s about finishing football games.
Another Sunday, another heartbreaking loss. The New York Jets continue to play with the emotions of their loyal fans as they’re capable of actually playing competitive football but when it matters most, they fall short.
Such is the case this past Sunday when they lost yet another winnable game to the Carolina Panthers. It’s a shame, really. They were in a position to actually leave this game victorious against a playoff-contending team but another fourth-quarter meltdown occurred and is seemingly defining this season of the Jets.
Too many times this year, the Jets still start off well, adjust accordingly, and then in the fourth quarter, a terrible turnover, a dumb penalty, or the inability to stick with a gameplan continues to have them fall just short. Even head coach Todd Bowles knows what his players need to work on to course-correct this problem.
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It’s all about correcting the little things. Making sure to stay focused, stick with assignments, and above all else, finish what was started. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said to his team after Sunday’s loss to the Panthers:
On his main message today to the team…
Correct the little things. We fight and do the right things for three quarters. Then for about one quarter in about five minutes, we let the game get out of hand. We do all of the right things the right way. We were down in penalties initially before going into the fourth quarter. We were down in mental errors in the fourth quarter and for some reason, we lost our composure at times for a brief moment and that’s all it takes to lose a ball game.
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At the end of the day, Bowles is 100 percent right in his main message to players to start the next week understanding this key point. Football is just as mental as it is physical and it seems that players are having breakdowns in the basics and fundamentals of what it takes to execute. The smallest mistake can and will cost you a game if it’s a close one. Hopefully, the Jets can once again learn from their mistakes and make the proper adjustments to end their losing streak and beat the upcoming Kansas City Chiefs in their upcoming Week 13 matchup at home in MetLife Stadium.