If you base winning the press conference by how much humor and boastful proclamations the coach throws at the media, than Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have a lot of work to do.
Bowles and Maccagnan are the anti-Rex Ryan. The days of circus press conferences are over, and the focus is now on football only.
In place of trending quotes, we got an introductory press conference were we heard a who lot of nothing as Bowles and Maccagnan were introduced before the NY media for the first time on Wednesday. Neither guy showed their hand, playing it close to the vest like a couple of poker players.
Maccagnan he did a solid job, he came across with a much firmer grasp of the media than his predecessor, Idzik did in two years on the job. He didn't offer much insight as to how he will handle things as General Manager of the team, reading mostly from a prepared script and answering each question with the much expected and practiced declarations. When asked about Geno Smith, he dodged the question, saying that the Jets will "work with" the quarterback, but the entire roster "needs to be vetted" as part of the "process."
As for Bowels he came off as very dry. This is a man who is football first, and football only. The platitudes of guarantees will not come out of the mouth of Bowles, and you get the sense that even if the media tries to pry out a personality out of him, it won't happen.
When asked about the quarterback, Bowles called Geno Smith a good college quarterback, and wouldn't expound any further than that. When asked if he would "kiss Bill Belichick's rings," Bowles offered a different answer, saying he was more concerned with "getting my own rings." When asked about what kind of team he wanted to build, Bowles said, "We're going to be a tough team. We're going to be an intelligent team, we're gonna try to build a championship team."
What a difference. Rex Ryan would never use the word 'try' in his vocabulary. For those tired of Rex Ryan, this was a dream come true. For those who miss those days, listening to Bowles sounded like listening to Bill Belichick Jr.
Bowles is not a flashy guy, he seems comfortable in his own skin. I do wonder what kind of person he will be behind closed doors. He didn't come off as a fiery personality in the press conference. He will need to take that passion to another level with the players. Something only he and the Jets will find out.
Overall, I would say it was an understated debut for the new Jets hierarchy. Now they have to win in order to make that quiet demeanor work over the long term.