Saturday, December 24, 2016

Todd Bowles in hospital, uncertain for Jets Game

Jets head coach Todd Bowles was admitted to a hospital on Friday evening and didn't travel with the team to Foxboro for their game with the Patriots this afternoon at 1 p.m.  There has been no word as to what caused Bowles to fall ill, but according to Rich Cimini on ESPN NY, a source said that Bowles was tired, but didn't seem sick at the time. Mike Caldwell will coach the team if Bowles doesn't join the team in the morning. 

It is anyone's guess as to what is ailing the Jets head coach, but stress might be playing a role here. Bowles has been under fire all season for his perceived lack of innovation with the defense, lack of accountability with the offense, and clear mishandling of the quarterback position. 

Not to mention he's had to hear about his job security all season long. 

On top of that he has dealt with a defense that has badly underachieved with many players who look like they have checked out long ago. He also had to deal with the behavior problems of Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, and had to work with a cornerback in Darrelle Revis who is a shell of his former self. 

And, don't get me started on the quarterback position. 

Let us not forget that these head coaches work countless hours, sometimes 17-18 hour days and almost never leave the office. There are coaches who even sleep in the team facilities in order to get up at the crack of dawn and get cracking on the next day's plan for the team. It is not an easy job. Working in New York and dealing with all the stress and noise could have played a role here, it certainly wouldn't be surprising. 

Bowles is not the first coach to fall ill this year, in fact he is the fourth. Bowles' old boss, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians fell ill earlier in the year and complained of chest pain. He didn't miss a game, but had to take it easy for a few days. Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak missed a game due to a migraine headache, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer had eye surgery. 

Let's hope that Bowles makes a speedy recovery from what is ailing him. We'll learn more by game time for sure. 

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