FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Todd Bowles has been on the job for only a few months, and he's already putting out brushfires, sparked by his chatty players. On Wednesday, the New York Jets' coach -- the anti-Rex Ryan -- said it's time to stop talking and start concentrating on football.
Bowles' feeling's came out in response to a question about Antonio Cromartie. The coach said he talked to Cromartie about his criticism last week of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. That didn't stop Cromartie from fueling another negative story, firing back Wednesday at former teammate Kellen Winslow, Jr., who initiated a Twitter war by calling out the Jets' cornerback.
Bowles doesn't have the personality to express public anger, but he got his message across with a mild rebuke.
"Me and Cro talked about it," he said. "I don't know what happened today with the Kellen Winslow thing. I'm not on Twitter and Facebook or any of those things. We talked about it. We're just trying to focus on the team. We didn't win last year and there's nothing to talk about other than getting better. All the other stuff, we don't worry about."
Previously, Bowles didn't seem thrilled with Willie Colon's "Porsche" comment from last week, which cast quarterback Geno Smith in an unflattering light. Colon later backtracked, saying he "misspoke."
The Jets will have a chance to work on their team chemistry before training camp. Smith is organizing a informal passing camp for the skill-position players. In the past, they've held it in South Florida, Smith's home, but they changed it to Chicago to accommodate Brandon Marshall, whose wife recently gave birth.
"I asked the guys if they were comfortable coming there, and they said yes, so we'll try to make it work," said the former Chicago Bears' wide receiver, who maintained a home in Chicago.