New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles is a no nonsense individual. He takes the game seriously and surely expects his players to do the same.
At 3-6 on the season, Bowles second go-around as the Jets’ head coach has not gone too swimmingly. And he seems to be a bit fed up.
According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Bowles benched defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson for the first quarter of the team’s loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
“Jets defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson were benched for the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins because they both were late to a team meeting earlier in the week,” the Jets’ insider reported on Monday.
This is the second time Bowles has benched Wilkerson in the past calendar year. He was also benched for the first quarter of New York’s Week 13 game last season. That also came after the defensive lineman was late for a team meeting.
It really is an unfortunate situation. Bowles and the Jets need these two Pro Bowl caliber players on the field to succeed. Having to bench them, even if it was for one quarter, surely didn’t help the team on Sunday.
With that said, Bowles has now made it clear he’s not going to put up with behavior like this. More than anything, it’s his way of putting the rest of the team on notice.
As it relates to Richardson, he was a hot name on the trade block leading up to last week’s deadline. Continued issues like this will likely force the Jets to move him in the offseason.