A day later, Todd Bowles did not back off his criticism of the officials in Sunday’s Jets loss to the Packers.
“I said what I said, I meant everything I said,” Bowles said. “I’m done with it.”
Bowles was extremely critical of the officials in his postgame press conference, saying the Jets played both the Packers and the officials in the 44-38 overtime loss. He surely will be fined by the NFL for his comments.
On Monday, he did not backpedal from what he said, but he also did not add anything.
“Everything has been said,” Bowles said. “I’m not going to sit here and play Monday morning quarterback.”
The Jets defense collapsed for the second straight week, blowing a fourth-quarter lead. It is the third time in four games the unit has coughed up a lead. What was supposed to be a good defense has been beaten up repeatedly this year. The Jets allowed 540 yards to the Packers.
“Some games we definitely underachieved, but some games we played better,” linebacker Avery Williamson said. “It’s definitely upsetting, but overall we played through it. It’s been a tough year.”
Bowles said there were many issues late in the game that led to the loss.
“We could have done a lot of things better,” Bowles said. “We could have made plays when opportunities arose. We could have rushed the passer better. We could cover better. We could have made plays. We didn’t make plays.”
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The defense is getting tired of answering questions about why it can’t hold onto leads.
“It’s been really frustrating,” defensive end Henry Anderson said. “In the last couple of games, if this defense steps up at the end of the game, we win the ballgame. We want to be considered a top NFL defense, and we haven’t stepped up to the challenge the last couple of weeks, especially at the end of the game. It’s been really frustrating. We’re all pretty pissed with how the last couple of games have ended.”
One area Sam Darnold has shown big improvement in lately is play-action passing. It is something he did not have to do at USC, so it has been a learning experience for him.
“In college I was always in [shot]gun and even in high school I was in the gun, just getting used to having my back to the defense and then flipping around and really understanding what they’re going to do before it even happens and making quick decisions,” Darnold said. “I feel like I’ve improved a lot in that area.”
WR Jermaine Kearse suffered an Achilles tendon injury, Bowles said. He was scheduled to undergo tests Monday to determine the severity. … Bowles said there is a “slim” chance that WR Quincy Enunwa [ankle] can play this week. Enunwa has missed the last two games.