I wanted to learn more about New York Jets HC Todd Bowles, not necessarily the defense he runs, as Scott outlined that very well in his recent article, but more his philosophy as a coach and as a person.
As I was reading, I picked out several quotes that give you an insight into the kind of coach and person Todd Bowles is. All these quotes are taken from articles dating back the last year or two.
When asked about facing his old team the Philadelphia Eagles:
"I've been on the front page, good and bad," Bowles said. "It's a players' game. I love the Xs and Os part of it. I love the scheming, I love teaching. But it's a players' game. They are out there working and they should get all the credit. My satisfaction is seeing them succeed. They deserve that because they do all the blood, sweat and tears."
When asked about the trouble he experienced inheriting the Eagles defense:
"If a player has a bad year they work hard to come back, and it's no different for a coach," Bowles said. "No matter what the situation is, you think as a coach you are good enough to turn anything around. We didn't get it done, I didn't get it done, the players didn't get it done, the staff didn't get it done. That's all it was."
On his coaching style:
"They will tell you that I snap," Bowles said with another laugh. "I'm not a yeller or screamer, but if you tick me off enough ... there are certain things that bother me that I can't tolerate. Like going over something 50 million of times and when you walk on the field and I just told you something and you go out there and forget it, I have a major problem and we are going to have a chat."
Calais Campbell on Todd:
"People had a lot of bad things to say about Todd because of the (Philadelphia) situation last year," Campbell said. "I think he showed what he can do with us. He puts us in the best position, makes our job easy for us. He's a genius. The second halves of games, the adjustments he makes, no one has been able to figure it out."
"Todd is more about putting his players in place to make plays, he's not basing a defense around a certain scheme," defensive end Darnell Dockett said. "He'll sit down and ask questions like, ‘Are you good at this?' ‘Can you do this?'
Bowles on the importance of turnovers:
"Turnovers limit offensive possessions and turnovers gets your offense the ball back as soon as possible, and turnovers change games," Bowles said. "Stopping somebody is great, but if we can emphasize turnovers and get the ball back as much as possible, that's more damaging to an offensive team than anything else.
"There are a lot of teams that finish in the top five in defense and still aren't very good in turnovers. Turnovers are the key to winning ballgames."
"I think it is beneficial to us because he puts his trust in us and believes in what we are capable of doing. We just want to make him look good at what we are doing."
"We have 4-3 guys and we do play 4-3 during the ballgame," Bowles said. "We don't stay in just 3-4. It's a matter of having the right people outside doing the right things at the right times. Some of those (linebackers) are inside guys that can't play outside.
"(The scheme) will be mixed up a little bit more."
"He came in at halftime and said, ‘You know, we are going to tighten our coverage up and bring pressure and we are going to make them beat us over the top,' " safety Rashad Johnson
"That shows the kind of confidence he has in the secondary that he said tighten up because we're not going to let them dink and dunk us the rest of the game.
"It's just the confidence level he has in us and the trust we have in the plays he's calling. They had two good drives but we have such a mature group, we didn't even blink. We knew we would figure out what they were doing to us."
There’s a chess match before the game, during the game, and at halftime," Bowles said. "We made some minor adjustments. We just made more plays than they did. In the first half they made more plays than we did."
That’s simplifying it a bit too much, however. "He doesn’t do a lot of yelling and screaming like a typical coach," defensive end Frostee Rucker said. "He’s an educator. They always say it trickles down, and the captain, the quarterback of our defense, is Todd. "He can dial the game up and make sure we are technically sound, and before you know it, we’re right where we need to be."
"They consider five people going a blitz these days," defensive end Calais Campbell said. "I don't consider that a blitz. I don't think Todd considers that a blitz. That's just our ‘under saw' type of look. As far as actual blitzes go, we mix them up a lot. Bring a lot of different guys. To me, five is just a five-man rush."
"(The blitzing) hasn't been as effective as I thought," Bowles said. "Some of them work out well, some don't. You see things, you try to take advantage. You try to put guys in position to make plays."
"You've got to play for the win or you play for the loss," Bowles said. "We were playing for the win."