The New York Jets were so close to finishing the deal against the Green Bay Packers yesterday, but some tough calls may have resulted in the home team falling short. Well, at least that is what Todd Bowles believes.
After the game was over, the head coach of the Jets made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with the officiating crew at all. Now he’ll have to pay the price for putting NFL referees on blast during his press conference.
With Bowles saying that he stands by his comments, the league is looking at his remarks for a possible fine, per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
#Jets coach Todd Bowles, on a conference call with reporters, stood by his criticism of the refs from yesterday: "I said what I said. I meant what I said.” The league is reviewing his comments for a possible fine.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 24, 2018
The NFL usually fines any player or coach for publicly criticizing its officials, and it’d be quite the surprise if that trend doesn’t continue here.
It’s rare for Bowles to show this type of emotion, but several flags in the fourth quarter did change the course of the game. Ultimately, the Jets lost in overtime to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
New York is still firmly in a rebuild, and it’s possible that Bowles’ days as the head coach are coming to an end.
While rumors are swirling that other NFL teams will have interest in Bowles if he’s available, it doesn’t sound like he’ll return for the 2019 season. Sam Darnold is the future of this franchise, which could motivate the front office to find the next offensive genius for the future.
As for the rest of this season, the Jets will try to get back on the right track on Sunday, when they face the New England Patriots.