Head coach Todd Bowles knows that the New York Jets must focus and finish when it comes to closing out football games. He’s already working on it at the start of training camp.
When it comes to the New York Jets over the past few years, they have been a team that tends to fall apart when it matters most towards the end of football games. It’s been a problem as they lost a lot of close games they could have easily won.
Head coach Todd Bowles already knows that it’s an area that must be addressed now before it’s too late. Already at the start of training camp, Bowles has started to preach about knowing the fundamentals of situational football.
It’s all about understanding the balance of what to do during key moments in a football game. How to not be the cause of a breakdown and instead, make a big play to seal the deal. It’s not easy but learning from mistakes and just keeping calm in the heat of the moment is what needs to happen on a more consistent basis. This is what Bowles is trying to install into his players for fourth-quarter situations.
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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said he’s specifically working on during training camp to become a better fourth-quarter team:
Just understanding situational football when it arises. We’re practicing hard and we do things the right way for three and a half quarters and we let some slip away last year. We’ve got to understand when it’s time to put a knife in somebody, we got to stick it in. Sports speaking, I don’t mean that personally. But we’ve got to understand when to go for the kill and when not to go for the kill. We should always be trying to go for the kill but we’ve got to understand situations. It’s always a guy here or there and we’ve got to get better at that so they can understand the moments and they can be in the moment and make those plays.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s all about making clutch plays to put the Jets in a position to leave football games victorious. Until then, the Jets will be more pretenders instead of contenders in the NFL. The Jets have now gone two straight seasons ending at 5-11 and a lot of times looked lost and confused on the field towards the end.
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Even when his players are frazzled, Bowles must push the envelope and prepare his players for everything and anything that could come their way. Hopefully, with working on these fourth-quarter issues now, it won’t be that big of an issue this upcoming season.