"We don't condone anything like that, we don't tolerate anything like that," Bowles told reporters on Monday. "It won't happen again."
Bowles said he discussed it with Anderson, whom he believes "just has to find a better way to handle his frustration -- and he will."
Anderson's outburst didn't have an impact on the outcome -- a 31-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins -- but it symbolized the tenor of the day. After an incomplete pass with eight seconds to play, the second-year wide receiver took off his helmet with both hands and fired it into the turf. It went about 12 yards -- or longer than the team's fourth-quarter passing output.
Throwing the helmet is a no-no, resulting in an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. It backed up the Jets to their 8-yard line for one last desperation play, which failed. It was the last of 12 penalties called on the Jets, who blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.
"It's definitely something he learned from," receivers coach Karl Dorrell told ESPN. "He knows he can't operate with those type of emotions. It's not productive for anybody, and he was very apologetic both to me and Coach about that. He was just so wound up about trying to win the game."
Dorrell said they talked to him after the game about it, and they "brought him in" on Monday to discuss it again.
Bowles refrained from comment after the game because he claimed he didn't see it. By Monday, he had seen it and he wasn't happy.
Commenting after the game, Anderson said, "It was just frustration, you know. I'm very passionate about this and I love this game. It hurts losing."
He said he wasn't aware that it's a penalty if a player removes his helmet on the field.
The day wasn't a total loss for Anderson, who scored on an 18-yard reception. He celebrated with a Hard Rock Leap ... or something like that. He jumped over a low wall in the back of the end zone and sat in the first row, taking a seat in a big, comfy chair in the VIP section.