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The History of Todd Bowles' Gaffes

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In only 21 games, Todd Bowles has proven that he's incapable of effectively managing a football team on Sundays. Maybe he's a great coach Monday-Saturday, but on Sundays he's been more bad than good. I figure this thread can serve an historical repository of all of Bowles' coaching gaffes. I can't remember every blunder coach Bowles has made in 21 games, but below is a brief summary of what he's accomplished in his short time as Jets Head Coach.

 Let's review:

1) Jets vs Patriots, week 7 2015: On the Patriots final drive of the game with 5+ minutes left on the clock and the Jets down by 3, Bowles refuses to use any of his timeouts as the Patriots move the ball down the field. The Patriots inevitably score to put them up by 10 and give the Jets (and their 3 timeouts left) the ball back with 1 minute and 13 seconds left on the clock. The most concerning part about this is that Bowles later defended his strategy of not using his timeouts. http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2015/10/jets_todd_bowles_clock_management_vs_new_england_p.html

2) Jets vs Raiders, Week 8 2015: Down 14 points with 3:19 left on the clock at their own 21 yard-line, the Jets elect to punt the ball. http://nypost.com/2015/11/01/jets-pitiful-report-card-todd-bowles-should-look-away/

3) Jets vs Jaguars, week 9, 2015: "With 1:30 left in the second quarter, the Jets got the ball at their own 15 with all of their timeouts remaining. Instead of trying to move the ball for one more score before halftime, Bowles ran the clock, forcing the Jaguars to use timeouts. The Jets handed the ball to Ivory twice and Zac Stacy on third down. The decision looked even worse after a 31-yard punt from Ryan Quigley and terrible coverage from Cromartie on the Bortles-to-Hurns touchdown. After the game, Bowles seemed to think the Jets had less time than 1:30, and he said they might have been more aggressive if they had gained some yards on first down." http://nypost.com/2015/11/09/the-foundation-of-jets-success-is-crumbling-under-todd-bowles/

4) Jets vs Bills, week 10 2015: "After scoring a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the Bills’ lead to 22-9, should the Jets opt to kick the extra point instead of going for two? If you make the two point conversion, the score is 22-11 and now you are a field goal, a touchdown and another two-point conversion away from tying it. That would have made the first fourth-down decision a no-brainer for the Jets to kick the field goal. Instead they went for it and got stopped. There is no difference between being down 12 or 13 if you miss the conversion. Then you still need two touchdowns to win the game." http://nypost.com/2015/11/13/todd-bowles-looks-every-bit-the-rookie-with-late-game-gaffes/

5) Jets vs Bills, week 2 2016: "Matt Forte's fourth-quarter touchdown gave the Jets a 12-point lead before the point-after. Bowles sent out his kicking unit for the extra point. There is literally no risk in going for two in that scenario, which would have stretched the lead to two touchdowns. A 12-point lead is not different from a 13-point lead. Either way, two touchdowns beats you. The miscalculation nearly cost the Jets a win. The Bills scored a touchdown with 1:17 remaining. After a time-wasting three-and-out, Buffalo got the ball back with 10 seconds. Of course they didn't score, but if they had, an extra point would have won it because of Bowles' bad decision." http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ftw/2016/09/20/pete-carroll-playing-an-injured-russell-wilson-was-the-biggest-coaching-mistake-of-week-2/90742190/

6) Jets vs Steelers, week 5 2016: "On 4th-and-2 on their own 46-yard line, down 24-13 in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The idea was, according to Bowles, to pin the Pittsburgh Steelers deep in their own territory, get a three-and-out and then score. Naturally, the Steelers ripped off a 12-play, 79-yard drive resulting in a touchdown, burning off almost six minutes of the little more than seven remaining." http://www.todayspigskin.com/afc/new-york-jets/todd-bowles-mistakes-costing-jets-much-fitzpatricks-picks/

Feel free to add any that I missed!

 

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The crazy thing is that Bowles coaches totally conservative when we are behind and yet our offense is normally mega risk taking trying to catch up  (part of the reason Fitz is throwing 6 picks in a game)  Too many 'disconnects' between head coach and oc and head coach and gm.

The two point covert thing was near unforgivable, his excuse being he was talking about defense and was not paying attention.

You can screw up as a young or 1st time coach, it happens but you better learn from it and so far Bowles is displaying the same traits that sunk Rex, not leaning from mistakes, not taking ownership of the whole team.

 

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4 minutes ago, Beerfish said:

The crazy thing is that Bowles coaches totally conservative when we are behind and yet our offense is normally mega risk taking trying to catch up  (part of the reason Fitz is throwing 6 picks in a game)  Too many 'disconnects' between head coach and oc and head coach and gm.

The two point covert thing was near unforgivable, his excuse being he was talking about defense and was not paying attention.

You can screw up as a young or 1st time coach, it happens but you better learn from it and so far Bowles is displaying the same traits that sunk Rex, not leaning from mistakes, not taking ownership of the whole team.

 

I don't blame him on the 2 point conversions - more than likely he's old school where the adage is "only go for 2 points when you have to".

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17 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

In only 21 games, Todd Bowles has proven that he's incapable of effectively managing a football team on Sundays. Maybe he's a great coach Monday-Saturday, but on Sundays he's been more bad than good. I figure this thread can serve an historical repository of all of Bowles' coaching gaffes. I can't remember every blunder coach Bowles has made in 21 games, but below is a brief summary of what he's accomplished in his short time as Jets Head Coach.

 Let's review:

1) Jets vs Patriots, week 7 2015: On the Patriots final drive of the game with 5+ minutes left on the clock and the Jets down by 3, Bowles refuses to use any of his timeouts as the Patriots move the ball down the field. The Patriots inevitably score to put them up by 10 and give the Jets (and their 3 timeouts left) the ball back with 1 minute and 13 seconds left on the clock. The most concerning part about this is that Bowles later defended his strategy of not using his timeouts. http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2015/10/jets_todd_bowles_clock_management_vs_new_england_p.html .

That I agree with.

17 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

2) Jets vs Raiders, Week 8 2015: Down 14 points with 3:19 left on the clock at their own 21 yard-line, the Jets elect to punt the ball. http://nypost.com/2015/11/01/jets-pitiful-report-card-todd-bowles-should-look-away/

I agree there too. 

17 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

3) Jets vs Jaguars, week 9, 2015: "With 1:30 left in the second quarter, the Jets got the ball at their own 15 with all of their timeouts remaining. Instead of trying to move the ball for one more score before halftime, Bowles ran the clock, forcing the Jaguars to use timeouts. The Jets handed the ball to Ivory twice and Zac Stacy on third down. The decision looked even worse after a 31-yard punt from Ryan Quigley and terrible coverage from Cromartie on the Bortles-to-Hurns touchdown. After the game, Bowles seemed to think the Jets had less time than 1:30, and he said they might have been more aggressive if they had gained some yards on first down." http://nypost.com/2015/11/09/the-foundation-of-jets-success-is-crumbling-under-todd-bowles/

I agree there too, but, strongly. 

17 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

4) Jets vs Bills, week 10 2015: "After scoring a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the Bills’ lead to 22-9, should the Jets opt to kick the extra point instead of going for two? If you make the two point conversion, the score is 22-11 and now you are a field goal, a touchdown and another two-point conversion away from tying it. That would have made the first fourth-down decision a no-brainer for the Jets to kick the field goal. Instead they went for it and got stopped. There is no difference between being down 12 or 13 if you miss the conversion. Then you still need two touchdowns to win the game." http://nypost.com/2015/11/13/todd-bowles-looks-every-bit-the-rookie-with-late-game-gaffes/

Ok, agreed again.

17 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

5) Jets vs Bills, week 2 2016: "Matt Forte's fourth-quarter touchdown gave the Jets a 12-point lead before the point-after. Bowles sent out his kicking unit for the extra point. There is literally no risk in going for two in that scenario, which would have stretched the lead to two touchdowns. A 12-point lead is not different from a 13-point lead. Either way, two touchdowns beats you. The miscalculation nearly cost the Jets a win. The Bills scored a touchdown with 1:17 remaining. After a time-wasting three-and-out, Buffalo got the ball back with 10 seconds. Of course they didn't score, but if they had, an extra point would have won it because of Bowles' bad decision." http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ftw/2016/09/20/pete-carroll-playing-an-injured-russell-wilson-was-the-biggest-coaching-mistake-of-week-2/90742190/

I agree. 

17 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

6) Jets vs Steelers, week 5 2016: "On 4th-and-2 on their own 46-yard line, down 24-13 in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The idea was, according to Bowles, to pin the Pittsburgh Steelers deep in their own territory, get a three-and-out and then score. Naturally, the Steelers ripped off a 12-play, 79-yard drive resulting in a touchdown, burning off almost six minutes of the little more than seven remaining." http://www.todayspigskin.com/afc/new-york-jets/todd-bowles-mistakes-costing-jets-much-fitzpatricks-picks/

Feel free to add any that I missed!

 

Agree there too. 

So yeah, agreed to the core. 

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the unicorn, finding out he has been suspended for weed, buys a rolls royce, gets high, puts a kid in the car and speeds, and is arrested and booked.  days later, the unicorn tells the media we will never see his name in the paper again, knowing he was recently arrested

bowles finds out from the media, and doesn't even bench the unicorn for 1 play - sets the tone - you don't have to be laurence taylor or troy aikman to get special treatment from bowles, you just have to be a starter on his defense

fitz has a 6 pick game, then 3, and bolwes doesn't even put him on a short leash, he declares his status as safe

 

this is the problem.  the players know this ship is doomed so they play hard, but not so hard they might get hurt

damn shame

 

 

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18 minutes ago, peebag said:

I don't blame him on the 2 point conversions - more than likely he's old school where the adage is "only go for 2 points when you have to".

It doesn't get any more obvious than that one if you ask me.  Late in the game, go up by 12, too little time to worry about a td and two fgs.

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38 minutes ago, HighPitch said:

Jack straw from witchita great job. 

Sad thing is,  this sounds like rex,  herm,  and kotite

Rex had balls the size of his guts. 

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16 minutes ago, Reynolds1029 said:

Our GM needs to hire his own coach. Defantely seems to be a disconnect between the coaching staff and front office on how the team should be run. 

Which conversation do you think took place?

Conv#1
Woody: Would you like to be the GM with Bowles as the HC?
Mac: Oh of course, I've been a big fan of Bowles. Wouldn't pick any one else

Conv#2
Woody: Would you like to be the GM with Bowles as the HC?
Mac: No. Only a fool would hire him. He lacks experience and doesn't know sh*t about offense.

He made his choice. 

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There is simply no defense for Bowles. He has regressed and frankly has no answers on how to fix the mess he has created.  1-6 here we come and if the team continues to play unemotional, uncompetitive and dumb FB, he will be fired at the end of the year. 

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1 minute ago, SOJ said:

There is simply no defense for Bowles. He has regressed and frankly has no answers on how to fix the mess he has created.  1-6 here we come and if the team continues to play unemotional, uncompetitive and dumb FB, he will be fired at the end of the year. 

Did he regress or did we just have an impossibly easy schedule last year?

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Just now, drdetroit said:

So did Mangini his first year

 

 

And just like Mangini he got exposed afterwards

I'm guessing you've already chipped into the banner and billboard funds.

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I didn't include the countless number of times under Bowles that we've received the ball on a kickoff with 40+ seconds left before halftime with plenty of timeouts left and basically took a knee instead of trying to drive the ball down the field for a field goal. The ultra-conservative approach is going to get him run out of town.

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1 hour ago, j4jets said:

Which conversation do you think took place?

Conv#1
Woody: Would you like to be the GM with Bowles as the HC?
Mac: Oh of course, I've been a big fan of Bowles. Wouldn't pick any one else

Conv#2
Woody: Would you like to be the GM with Bowles as the HC?
Mac: No. Only a fool would hire him. He lacks experience and doesn't know sh*t about offense.

He made his choice. 

Of course 1. But its not like he will turn down a GM job just because he didn't pick the coach. But them not being on the same page is probably a direct result of hiring the coach before the GM. 

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Bowles has looked clueless this year and his defense has been abysmal and that has been the most disappointing aspect of this season. Forget about a win in Arizona I just hope they don't embarrass themselves on Monday night. Baby steps.

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This fanbase deserves everything they get.  Funny that Mangini got brought up.  The same Mangini people were saying was better than Rex only a couple of years ago.  The same Mangini that got at least 3 years to prove himself, with an arguably, far more talented team.

Bowles isn't getting fired after this year.  Keep crying over it though.

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3 hours ago, Larz said:

the unicorn, finding out he has been suspended for weed, buys a rolls royce, gets high, puts a kid in the car and speeds, and is arrested and booked.  days later, the unicorn tells the media we will never see his name in the paper again, knowing he was recently arrested

bowles finds out from the media, and doesn't even bench the unicorn for 1 play - sets the tone - you don't have to be laurence taylor or troy aikman to get special treatment from bowles, you just have to be a starter on his defense

fitz has a 6 pick game, then 3, and bolwes doesn't even put him on a short leash, he declares his status as safe

 

this is the problem.  the players know this ship is doomed so they play hard, but not so hard they might get hurt

damn shame

 

 

I don't care about Richardson, but I wholeheartedly agree on the Fitzpatrick point. How do you start your QB the next game after he threw six pics in the previous game? The Jets D, despite all its flaws, gave the team a chance even in the 4Q in that game. If the Jets scored an early TD in the 4th, the score would have been 17-10 and it's a new ball game. Add to that the fact that the Jets got the ball into the Chiefs red zone several times, and the team only scores 3 pts. Disgraceful 

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7 minutes ago, Freemanm said:

I don't care about Richardson, but I wholeheartedly agree on the Fitzpatrick point. How do you start your QB the next game after he threw six pics in the previous game? The Jets D, despite all its flaws, gave the team a chance even in the 4Q in that game. If the Jets scored an early TD in the 4th, the score would have been 17-10 and it's a new ball game. Add to that the fact that the Jets got the ball into the Chiefs red zone several times, and the team only scores 3 pts. Disgraceful 

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3 hours ago, Tinstar said:

And this is  all about football .

Meant to put a gif in.  It's been edited.  I have a large folder of Geno pictures.  Something had to replace the Sanchez folder. 

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