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The Todd Bowles era begins Sunday at MetLife Stadium with lofty expectations after an offseason of retooling and rebuilding an organization that had fallen into disrepair.
Jets owner Woody Johnson jettisoned coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik after the disastrous 4 12 canada goose outlet toronto factory season in 2014, replacing them canada goose store with Bowles and Mike Maccagnan and then throwing money canada goose outlet online around to bolster the roster, headlined by the return of Darrelle Revis. Now, Johnson gets to see if that was money well spent when the Jets open the season against cheap canada goose the Browns in Bowles’ first game as head coach.
“We’ve got to play hard. We’ve got to be smart. Obviously, we’ve got to be tough,” Bowles said this week. “We’ve got to canada goose outlet shop be mentally tough. We can’t wilt when something happens. We’ve got to be able to come back from adversity and understand and build trust each other as we go.”
The Jets had plenty of adversity in Bowles’ first few months on the job. Star defensive end Sheldon Richardson is suspended for the first four games after violating the league’s drug policy. Then, he was arrested in July for canadian goose jacket resisting arrest in a high speed chase that featured drugs, a gun and a 12 year old. Canada Goose Jackets But Richardson’s problems were not as disruptive as the Battle of Broken Jaw when linebacker IK Enemkpali broke quarterback Geno Smith’s jaw with the punch heard ’round the NFL.
Those issues are behind the Jets now as they get to take the field. Richardson will be watching from home, Smith from the sideline. New quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gets to show whether he should keep the job long term even when Smith returns.
“You just want to get off to a good start,” guard Willie Colon said. “You don’t want to lose your home opener. You want to get the morale going. You want everybody to be on the same page. At the end of the day, if we’re able to be successful with what we do up front it will set the tone for the rest of the game.”
Bowles cautioned the Jets are still a work in progress after an offseason of changes.
“Until we figure out who we are and we get good, you’ve got to win in the process of doing that,” Bowles said. “You canada goose black friday sale don’t want to lose doing those things. You’re not going to be perfect and everything’s not going to click, but in the process of getting better you want to win games as you’re getting better.”Jets WR Brandon Marshall vs. Browns CB Joe Haden
For all of the improvements the Jets made on defense, the most important acquisition may have been trading with the Bears for Marshall in March. He gives the Jets a legitimate No. 1 Canada Goose Coats On Sale wide receiver, something they’ve been missing canada goose clearance sale for several years. Marshall had seven canada goose outlet black friday straight 1,000 yard seasons before an injury filled 2014. Now, the Jets are counting on him to return to form.
Haden is one of official canada goose outlet the best cornerbacks in football. He has made the last two Pro Bowls https://www.londonbc.co.uk and has seven interceptions over those two seasons. The Jets expect him to follow Marshall around the field all day, creating a fascinating matchup.
“Man, I never look forward to going against Joe,” Marshall said. “He’s cheap canada goose one of the most competitive guys out there. He’s hyper competitive, he works hard, and he always in the right place.”
RUNNING WILD: Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Jets would like to run the ball and limit what is asked of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, which is basically the same formula the Jets have had since 2009. The Jets feel good about a rushing attack led by Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Ivory has looked like a beast in the preseason, and the offensive line has looked strong. The Jets finished third canada goose factory outlet in the NFL last season, rushing for 142.5 yards per game.
The Browns defense was the worst in the league in the NFL against the run last year (141.6 yards per game allowed), but Cleveland prioritized improving their defensive line in the offseason. They drafted nose tackle Danny Shelton 12th overall and signed veteran Randy Starks to shore up Canada Goose sale the leaky run defense. The Jets say they looked better in the preseason stopping the rushing attack.
“They pride themselves in stopping the run,” Colon said. “The game is going to be won in the trenches. That’s it. It’s no secret. We’re coming after them and they’re coming after us.”
QUARTERBACK CAROUSEL: Welcome to the Journeyman Quarterback Bowl! Neither Browns starter Josh McCown nor Fitzpatrick were with their respective teams last year, but they are starting the season opener. He is the 23rd quarterback to start a game for the Browns since 1999, a staggering number. He beat out canada goose outlet parka Johnny Manziel for the starting job.
The Jets traded for Fitzpatrick in March to back up Geno Smith, but he became the starter when Smith’s jaw was broken. He is the 28th quarterback to start for the Jets since Joe Namath left in 1976.
PETT STOP: Browns coach Mike Pettine served canada goose outlet reviews as Jets defensive coordinator from 2009 12 under Rex Ryan. He is in his second season in Cleveland, and already has dealt with some cheap canada goose uk craziness there. GM Ray Farmer is suspended for texting the sideline last year, the offensive line coach is suspended after an incident last weekend and Manziel’s stay has been chaotic.
Some of the Jets players said Pettine’s defense has not changed much since he left.
“It’s similar,” center Nick Mangold said. “You can tell there have been different iterations along the way, but he’s still doing some of the same stuff and some stuff Canada Goose Parka is brand new. It will be a good chess match.”
FOR OPENERS: The Jets have been pretty good on Opening Day, winning their last four openers. The Browns, on the other hand, have lost an NFL record 10 straight opening games. The last time Cleveland started 1 0 was in 2004.
For the Jets, a strong start has not led to much. They have missed the playoffs in each of the past four years, despite starting 1 0. The Jets have started off strong at home, too. The Browns are a mess, have lost 10 straight canada goose outlet openers and are starting Josh McCown at quarterback. The Jets should roll in this one, and the new look secondary should have at least one canada goose outlet online uk interception.