Todd Bowles defended Jamal Adams on Wednesday for the safety’s perceived criticism of the coaching staff in the wake of last week’s primetime loss to the Browns.
One day after Adams told WFAN radio that the Jets didn’t have a gameplan for Baker Mayfield, Bowles said that it was simply a poor choice of words.
“He misspoke,” Bowles said. “He didn’t mean it. He’s a young player. Part of having a young player as a leader, sometimes he’s going to have growing pains. It’s a teachable moment. He understands that and we talked about it.
“I don’t even want to go into it, but it’s just making excuses,” Bowles added. “I’m not trying to make excuses.”
Adams’ suggestion that the defense wasn’t ready for Mayfield put a bullseye on the coaching staff. Bowles obviously did damage control and maintained that Adams’ words didn’t impact the perception of his staff.
“It’s not a bad look,” Bowles said. “It’s a young player. I know what he meant. Our team knows what he meant, and we moved on from there. It’s not a bad look. It’s part of a young player getting older and dealing with the media. He’s going to have some growing pains, but we’ll work through them and he’ll be fine.”
Adams attempted to clarify his remarks on Wednesday.
“Let’s clear that up,” Adams said. “Honestly, man, if you listen to the interview, it tells you everything I said. I simply said we prepared for Tyrod (Taylor). Obviously, he went down with the injury. We didn’t know that at the time. Baker (Mayfield) came in. He had energy. He had confidence. I did not say that the coaching staff never had us prepared for two quarterbacks. I did not say that. So, we’re going to end it at that and we’re going to move on.”
“I’ve said plenty of times that our coaching staff is the best,” Adams added. “It’s as simple as that. We’re moving on.”
The Jets had trouble during the Browns’ two-minute drill with Mayfield late in the first half. Bowles initially planned to take over play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers in those situations before ultimately deciding to exercise veto power on all play calls (on offense and defense) moving forward.
Marcus Maye practiced for the first time since suffering a foot injury at some point this offseason. The second-year safety, who was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, admitted that he’s optimistic that he’ll get the green light from the training staff to play against the Jaguars on Sunday.
“Pretty frustrating just sitting on the sideline and watching,” Maye said. “Nobody likes that.”
The injury was initially believed to have occurred during the third preseason game against the Giants, but it evidently happened earlier than that. Maye called the Giants game “a test run to see where we were.”
The trainers obviously believed that it was smarter for Maye to rest his sprained foot after that game rather than risk further damage.