If Todd Bowles is indeed going to take the fall if as anticipated the Jets tank the season, say this for him he is going to go down changing the culture in Floral Park …literally.
According to a published report by ESPN’s Rich Cimini the Jets coach did more than overhaul the roster he wanted to improve the vibe at the jets training facility.
What used to be known as “Fan Alley,” panoramic stadium photos that stretched the entire length of the corridor, is now a tribute to the greatest players in Jets history. The generic fan shots have been replaced by life-sized pictures of 26 players and one coach (Weeb Ewbank), a virtual Wall of Fame that includes everyone from Joe Namath to Vinny Testaverde.
“As players, I thought it was important for them to know their Jets history and their Jets lineage,” Bowles told ESPN. “I wanted them to know how gritty they were and how tough they were back then, and what they stood for in the city. I thought it was important to know who was before them, so they can try to emulate that and go forward from a history standpoint.”
Bowles took a hands-on role in the project, selecting which players he wanted on the wall. He made sure every decade is represented, starting with the 1960s. The wall includes most of the Ring of Honor, plus other former players such as Chad Pennington, Wayne Chrebet and Kevin Mawae. The only current players are Leonard Williams and Quincy Enunwa.
It includes many great players, including Hall of Famers Namath, Don Maynard and Curtis Martin. The late Dennis Byrd, tragically killed in a car accident last year, also appears on the wall.
Give Bowles credit for not only saying the culture needs to change but actually doing something about it and reminding the players of the team’s history and the great players that have come through it. Joe Klecko, Joe Namath, Curtis Martin, Wayne Chrebet, Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, just to name a few. The team needed a culture change in the worse way and maybe this is a good place to start.
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The Jets culture, for what it’s worth, NEEDS a breath of fresh air. And kudos to Coach Bowles for doing his part.
Jets fans tend to believe they have nothing historically to be proud of part of that is being in the same division with the patriots and the same city as the Giants and another part is the media who dumps in the Jets so Bowles changing the culture and showing players from the past is huge step in the right direction
Jets fans deserve more, no doubt. But maybe the tides will change in their favor . . starting with the 2018 NFL draft. 🙂
We can only hope