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Jets HC Todd Bowles: ‘You can’t beat the Patriots in February’ 02.18.15 at 8:27 pm ET
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles doesn't seem to be concerned with the Patriots. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles doesn’t seem to be concerned with the Patriots. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan loved to talk about the Patriots, and wasn’t afraid to let it be known he wouldn’t back down to the team led by Bill Belichick.

New Jets head coach Todd Bowles seems to have a different approach, as the new coach said Wednesday at the NFL combine the rivalry doesn’t mean anything right now.

“I don’€™t think it means anything to us right now,” Bowles told reporters at the combine. “Right now, we’€™re trying to become the New York Jets and we’€™re trying to become a winning ballclub. We’€™re going to concentrate on us. You can’€™t beat the Patriots in February. Just beating the Patriots is not going to cut it if you lose to everybody else. We’€™ve got to have a growth process of how to win while we’€™re winning and trying to win and beat more than just the Patriots”.

With New York coming off a 4-12 season, the Jets have a lot of things to worry about besides the Patriots.

Bowles said the team first off needs to come together as one, working together to improve on a rough 2014 season.

“€œI would say belief. Belief,” Bowles said. “We’€™ve got to get them to play together. We’€™ve got to have accountability. We’€™ve got to jell as a team. They’€™ve got to be allowed to let the coaches coach them and we’€™ve got to understand what our players can and can’€™t do. The faster we can get that done, hopefully the faster we can turn this thing around.”

It would seem the first issue Bowles will need to address is what to do at quarterback, and if he wants to continue with Geno Smith, who turned the ball over 14 times this past season. Bowles said ultimately he will need to sit down and see him first-hand in order to make any kind of long-term decision.

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Darrelle Revis to Jets fans watching him in Super Bowl: ‘Not really my fault … I didn’t make the call’ 01.27.15 at 6:47 pm ET
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PHOENIX — This is a tough time to be a Jets fan.

The quarterback situation is a mess. They have a new coach. And they’re about to watch arguably the best defensive player in their history playing for the hated Patriots in the Super Bowl.

On Tuesday, at media day at US Airways Center, Darrelle Revis was asked it must be like for a Jets fan to watch him play on game’s biggest stage after making a name for himself for his first six seasons in New York.

“€œIt’s not really my fault,” Revis said. “I didn’t make the call. Management made the call at that time and they felt it was best to get rid of me. So that’s the situation. That’s how I look at it.”

Ironically, Revis is in the Super Bowl with a New York-type controversy swirling in Deflategate. That gave Revis another reason to recall what he went through in the Big Apple, and to a lesser degree in Tampa Bay, with the reported mutiny against Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.

“Things come up and I’ve been around a little bit,” said the Jets’ 2007 first-round pick. “I’ve been on teams where situations come up and you have to deal with them accordingly. Whatever the situation is, the league office is dealing with it, too, and you just have to really see what they do about it. Let them handle it.”

After tearing his ACL against the Dolphins in September 2012, Revis went through an extensive rehab program that was documented in “Hard Knocks” on HBO. The following April, the Jets traded him to Tampa Bay and he signed one of the biggest contracts in the NFL. Revis’ six-year deal was worth $96 million, making him the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Report: Tampering charges filed against Jets over Darrelle Revis envy 01.18.15 at 1:01 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis has made a big impact during his first season in New England. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis has made a big impact during his first season in New England. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Public fawning over Darrelle Revis may cost the Jets.

According to a Sunday report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, tampering charges against Jets have been filed for comments team owner Woody Johnson made last month about Patriots shutdown Darrelle Revis.

At a press conference to explain the dismissal of head coach Rex Ryan and John Idzik, Johnson didn’t hide his adoration for the Patriots corner, “I’€™d love for Darrelle to come back.”

What’s the problem with that? Revis is actually under contract with Patriots for 2015, as he has an option for 2015 valued at $20 million. The Patriots are likely to decline that option, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. But then and only then, would the Jets legally be allowed to speak to and about him.

The NFL’€™s tampering policy reads, “Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’€™s player to that player’€™s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of the Anti-Tampering Policy.”

Schefter, citing an NFL official, says the league is looking into the matter. The league is trying to determine whether there was a violation and if there was, how severe of a fine should be levied against Johnson and the Jets.

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Report: Jets hiring former Cardinals DC Todd Bowles as coach 01.13.15 at 10:28 pm ET
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After Rex Ryan officially was hired as the new coach of the Bills on Monday, the Jets reportedly have hired his replacement.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Jets are hiring Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their new coach. Bowles was the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2012 and then in Arizona for the last two seasons. It is Bowles’ first head coaching job. He spent one season with the Jets, as their defensive backs coach in 2000.

Bowles led the Arizona defense, which allowed 18.7 points a game this past season — the fifth fewest in the NFL.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Woody Johnson, Josh McDaniels, Tom Brady and Patriots at the playoff bye 12.30.14 at 7:12 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price talk Patriots bye week issues, including Bill Belichick on Woody Johnson, Josh McDaniels and the Atlanta Falcons head coaching vacancy, Tom Brady‘s $24 million contract restructuring and what the Patriots need to accomplish during the playoff bye week.

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Bill Belichick not very happy with his offense Sunday: ‘We had mistakes everywhere’ 12.22.14 at 1:35 pm ET
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Bill Belichick. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bill Belichick did not like what he saw Sunday, even though the Patriots were able to pull out a win over the Jets. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The film confirmed for Bill Belichick what he thought during Sunday’s game against the Jets. The offense wasn’t very good.

But Belichick didn’t single out any particular area, like the offensive line. The Patriots head coach, instead, chose to put everyone in the same boat.

Asked for his assessment of the offensive line’€™s struggles, he said the problems were more a result of execution than communication, though both played a factor with the absence of starting left guard Dan Connolly to a neck issue. The first example of the execution and communication problems came on the very first drive, when left tackle Nate Solder and Connolly’s first half replacement Josh Kline appeared to miscommunicate on inside and outside responsibilities. The breakdown allowed Calvin Pace to rush outside and David Harris to rush inside, with both getting to Tom Brady.

“I think we had a lot of communication –€“ or I’€™d say execution issues on offense,” Belichick said in a Monday conference call. “We just didn’€™t execute very well, I’€™d say, in any part of the game. All the players were involved, all the coaches were involved. We just didn’€™t execute very well. We had mistakes everywhere, multiple mistakes everywhere. You could point to any spot and find some because they were everywhere.

“We just have to try to correct them today and move on. But I don’€™t think there was any one single thing that I would point to. I think it was an accumulation of a lot of lack of execution plays. That being said, there were a lot of times good things that happened on the play, but one part of the play that was poorly executed and I thought we didn’€™t have much to show for it. But we didn’€™t execute the passing game very well. We didn’€™t execute the running game very well, blocking, passing, catching. It was just [that] none of it really was very good.”

Adding to the complexity, the Patriots rotated their line frequently with tackle-eligible formations. In the second half, the Patriots moved Ryan Wendell from right guard over to left guard and moved Marcus Cannon to right guard. Belichick saw some improvement with those changes, as the Patriots put together a fourth quarter go-ahead drive and killed the final five minutes of the game with an effective run game.

“There were times when we were OK, there were times when we weren’€™t,” Belichick added. “You could put any player’€™s name into that question offensively and the answer would be the same. We need all of our players to play better. We need our good players to play better. We need to do a better job of coaching. We need to do a lot of things better. Fifty yards of offense in the first half, that’€™s not going to win many games. We were lucky to even be in the game.”

In a repeat of the Oct. 16 game at Gillette, the Jets were dominating the stats. The Patriots had just 52 total yards on 25 plays while the Jets had 176 yards on 35 plays. Still, the Jets led just 10-7 at the break.

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Josh McDaniels takes hit for his quarterback getting hit: ‘We can definitely do better than that’ at 11:41 am ET
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Tom Brady was hit early and often in Sunday's win over the Jets. (Getty Images)

Tom Brady was hit early and often in Sunday’s win over the Jets. (Getty Images)

Back in Foxboro a day after their 17-16 escape against the Jets, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels stepped up and shouldered a big load of responsibility for the rough day Tom Brady and the Patriots offense had getting on track.

Brady completed 23-of-35 passes for just 182 yards and was sacked four times, all in the first half. He was hit and hurried several times in the second half as the Patriots did just enough to walk out of MetLife Stadium with their 12th win.

“I don’t think we had our best day in total on offense,” McDaniels said in a Monday conference call. “I don’t think anybody played or executed or coached particularly well, starting with me. I think there were definitely some things we did well at times and then certainly the Jets gave us some issues.

“They have a good defense, a good front and a good scheme and they’re well-coached and they deserve credit for creating some issues for us. And at the same time, we feel we can coach and play better. That onus is on us. We’ve got to do better and hopefully we can do that going forward.”

“I don’t think they did anything we haven’t seen before, and certainly didn’t do it for that many snaps. Overall, they played better than we did. Our guys fought and battled and made some plays in some critical situations to help us win the game but we can definitely do better than that.”

As for the 11 hits on Brady, McDaniels said the film showed breakdowns all over.

“Like I’ve said before, there’s a lot of things that go into good pass protection,” McDaniels said. “There was more than one issue [Sunday] in terms of protecting the quarterback. We had issues in the front, we had issues at tight end, we had issues at running back. So, the issues aren’t just in one spot. I think the solution is definitely an execution thing.
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