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Author: Jon Kuzma
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One year ago everyone was talking about how the New York Jets won’t win a single game during the 2017 season. However once everything was all said and done New York finished with five wins and were much better off than people anticipated. A lot of that was due to the fact that Todd Bowles was committed to keeping points off the board. The Jets struggled on both sides of the ball but they were a little bit better on defense. Obviously that was the difference between the Cleveland Browns who finished 0-16 and New York who went 5-11 and showed some glimpses at times. Cleveland had to add Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, and Carlos Hyde to get back in the hunt but the Jets are taking a slow growth approach. They believe they can develop their talent within and eventually emerge as a contender. Yea New York signed Isaiah Crowell, Terelle Pryor, and Thomas Rawls but they didn’t have to expend as much energy as the Browns did and they could finish with similar records. Now some people will say you want an organization like Cleveland’s who are aggressive and those people would be correct. Todd Bowles and the Jets front office are waiting for the right moment to spend their resources though and that means it’s only a matter of time before they have their big offseason. Right now New York is putting themselves in a position to really make splash and they can do that by continuing to overachieve with minimal talent. This team should have won two games at best last year and they won five games. If they win eight games this season and the defense continues to show they can keep contests close. That’s when this franchise will have a shot to slingshot pass some teams because sooner or later they’re going to acquire three or four big time free agents. Bowles deserves a lot of praise because he took a roster that was depleted of talent and gave them hope. Most other coaches would have unraveled in those circumstances but it’s clear the defensive mind Bowles has a knack for getting the best out of his players. Especially on defense and he has to stick to his forte if he wants to keep improving.
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Todd Bowles knows if he wants to keep improving he has to continue to hang his hat on defense.