The New York Jets made NFL history for all the wrong reasons in their shocking Week 3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The incident involving running back Isaiah Crowell lands solely on head coach Todd Bowles.
As fans of the New York Jets try to process what happened on Thursday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns, it all comes back to several glaring factors. First, the lack of discipline by the actual players on the Jets is clearer than ever before.
When will players be held accountable for all the penalties? Will there be fines? Will there be benchings? Your guess is as good as mine but at the end of the day, this all lands solely on head coach Todd Bowles.
For the past few years now, several players have been involved in offseason distractions, a plethora of penalties, and incidents like what occurred in front of a nationally televised game involving running back Isaiah Crowell. In case you missed it, he scored a touchdown and used the football to wipe his backside as to which he then threw it into the crowd.
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Yeah, let me tell you something. That incident was not only embarrassing to see as a Jets fan but ultimately proved to spark that epic Browns comeback to win their first football game in years. On top of that, it proved once again that players on the Jets don’t give a damn about trying to be professional athletes that represent a culture of always saying and doing the right thing.
One has to wonder if Crowell understood that not only did his dumb antics result in an unsportsmanlike penalty but was one of the many penalties that ensured the Jets would lose this game. It doesn’t matter if this was done in the heat of the moment or if he scored two touchdowns in this matchup, the Jets lost.
Not only did the Jets lose in one of the most embarrassing performances in franchise history, but it’s only three weeks into the season and Bowles has nothing to say about the lack of discipline across his roster. As per the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles had to say about how much a player getting penalties is on the player or the coaching staff:
Well, the penalties are definitely on the players. Coaches can’t play for them. We understand situations and we know what to do and what not to do. Guys got to be calmer in certain situations.
Are you serious? The fact that Bowles said that pretty much sums up the fact that clearly, he doesn’t understand that when players commit penalties on a frequent basis, it’s a direct reflection on the head coach and the rest of his staff.
At the rate the Jets are going, it’s only a matter of time before things get worse. For now, Bowles can say whatever he wants about deflecting the obvious in that for several years now, a lack of discipline and yellow flags raining consistently when his players make dumb mistakes is all on him.