After again-to-again wins, the Jets are tied for second within the AFC East with the Patriots. They enter this weekend’s recreation on the Browns with an opportunity to maneuver into the highest spot within the division. For all of the criticism thrown their means in coaching camp and the preseason, all of the speak of zero-sixteen and tanking, the Jets are exceeding expectations.
Todd Bowles, although, is unimpressed.
“We’re 2-2, we’re .500. That is nothing to brag about,” Bowles stated Thursday after Jets follow in Florham Park. “We now have to get higher in lots of areas every week.”
The Browns are one among 4 zero-four groups within the NFL getting into Week 5 (together with the Giants).
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However naturally, Bowles is not involved about his workforce overlooking Cleveland and its rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.
“We’re not ok to look previous anyone. Actually, we’re not,” Bowles stated. “We simply work day-after-day to get higher from the week earlier than.”
It is Bowles job to maintain his gamers grounded. And he absolutely understands the razor-skinny line between profitable and dropping. After a Week 2 loss in Oakland, Bowles stated bluntly: “We’re not ok to right our errors and win the sport. We received to play fairly good, sound soccer.”
However since that time, the Jets have meshed and unified. Gamers within the locker room describe a galvanized group that’s rising tighter by the day. They’re conscious they’ve proved individuals incorrect up to now, they usually haven’t any plans of slowing down – or taking any workforce without any consideration.
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“I would not say we’re relaxed in any respect,” defensive lineman Leonard Williams. “I might approach we’re actually excited. We’re collectively as a group. We’re enjoying with a whole lot of enthusiasm, loads of swagger proper now, particularly from the defensive aspect.”
THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM
The Jets defensive turnaround up to now two weeks is epitomized by one telling stat: In Weeks 1 and a couple of, the Jets allowed the Raiders and Payments to transform sixteen of 29 third downs; in Weeks three and four, they held the Dolphins and Jaguars to only 5-of-27 on third downs.
Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers attributed the newfound third-down success to enjoying “quicker.”
“The primary couple of weeks, we have been so sluggish on protection….