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New York Jets: Gang Green will continue playing hard for Todd Bowles through final six games of season, but will front office reciprocate with a contract extension?
The Jets are playing beyond expectations, right?
Why, then, is Todd Bowles' future with the Jets still in question?
That's all I hear from most media pundits - Todd Bowles is coaching for a contract extension.
What a bunch of bunk!
I don't know how Mike Maccagnan feels about him. After all, the Jets had already initiated the process of searching out a new head coach before reaching an agreement with Maccagnan. Although he would eventually have his interview with Bowles and the two moved forward together. Or, so we think.
Bowles is now 19-23 in 42 games as Jets head coach. The Jets went 10-6 in his first season, but all people bring up is his 9-17 record since last season through the present time. That's just unfair. Despite Maccagnan's off-season quasi roster purge, Todd Bowles has already coached this year's youngsters and leftovers to within one victory of last season's total.
On the positive side, the Jets are 4-6 so far this season, largely due to the performance of their defense and quarterback Josh McCown. On the negative side, the Jets are 4-6 due to Mike Maccagnan's roster maneuverings, leaving Todd Bowles caught somewhere in the middle.
The Jets still have a tough schedule ahead:
- @ Broncos
- @ Saints
- @ Patriots
They can easily lose four (or more), and with any luck win three. This is not necessarily where Jets fans wanted to be at this juncture as it pertains to next year's draft. Playing all out for Todd Bowles isn't getting the Jets any closer to resolving their decades long problem at quarterback.
But these players will not let up on their coach, which is a testament to the culture of professionalism established by Todd Bowles, and just as important. Look no further than the Giants, whom find themselves in a complete state of dysfunction. If anything, credit Mike Maccagnan for purging the locker room of pollutants. But credit Todd Bowles for setting the team's demeanor.
While the present moment is not necessarily the most appropriate time for presenting Bowles with a contract extension, it should, however, be one of the first things the Jets front office does upon season's end.
There's no way they can let him enter the final year of his contract as a lame duck coach.
What a mistake that would be.