New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said he isn’t going to stand for his players engaging in any extracurricular activity.
That means no fighting, boxing or wrestling on the field. Well, those activities — in some form — were on display during Sunday’s joint practice with the Washington Redskins, as several skirmishes and two sizable brawls marred the session.
One of the brawls saw the action spill into an area where fans watched practice. No players or fans appeared to get injured in the fight.
“Fights are not to be tolerated and had,” the 54-year-old Bowles said. “We are not trying to fight them and they’re not trying to fight us. They want to be boxers and wrestlers, they probably want to be in another sport. We are trying to get better, again, they’re trying to get, we’re trying to get better. Some things happen, overzealousness.
“I talked to my guys and coach (Jay) Gruden talked to his guys and we’ll just have better practices (Monday) because that is just a waste of time to me.”
On Monday, Gruden took responsibility for his players’ actions, but said he would consider suspending them if they fight again.
“It’s been addressed and we talked about it last night and we’ll talk about it out there,” Gruden said. “We’ll have a short, quick, fast whistle if something happens, get everything under control. The most important thing for myself and Coach Bowles is to get good work done.”
Tensions were simmering before the joint practices as Redskins linebacker Zach Brown and Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had a public back-and-forth exchange.