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Jets must have a crystal clear standard for offseason distractions

By Luis Tirado Jr.
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets looks on in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets looks on in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have a serious problem when it comes to accountability for players that are causing distractions so far this offseason. Rebuilding is one thing but it’s also important to have accountability across the board.

So far this offseason, three players of the New York Jets were in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. From Robby Anderson‘s speeding arrest, Rashard Robinson‘s arrest for drugs, and Dylan Donahue‘s DWI car accident, the accountability aspect of the Jets looks like it’s lacking.

Head coach Todd Bowles for the past few years hasn’t been able to hold players accountable to the point where they know if they have such a distraction, it would cost them their roster spot. The Jets have yet to release a player that isn’t living up to their expectations of the culture they’re trying to establish.

With a lot of young players on the team, it’s important that Bowles has his voice heard and above all else, respected. When a player gets arrested during the offseason, it’s a direct reflection on the coaching staff. At some point, they didn’t respect the process or foundation being built to be professionals on and off the field.

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The Jets need to have a crystal clear standard that there is no excuse for such actions. Until the franchise makes an example out of someone for breaking the rules, it will continue to happen and unfortunately, probably get even more severe.

The best teams in the NFL all have a common theme besides taking care of business on the gridiron. They have strict policies and guidelines for off-the-field behaviors that players fully know and adhere to. Make a dumb mistake like Anderson, Donahue, and Robinson and one better believe they’ll be off the team faster than a New York minute.

When will enough be enough? It’s time the Jets stood for something when it comes to players being late for team meetings, getting arrested, and setting a bad example for all the other players in the locker room who actually do the right thing. Bowles needs to put his foot down and prove that for a team rebuilding towards a brighter future, distractions will not be tolerated.

It will be interesting to see what Bowles and the Jets do once all the facts come out on Anderson, Donahue, and Robinson. If nothing happens, we can add more to that famous saying of “same old Jets” in the grand scheme of things.

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