As the weeks have gone on, Todd Bowles' stance on the Jets early bye week has changed a bit.
When the year began and Bowles saw the Jets 'week off' came after playing just their fourth game, he wasn't thrilled. In his mind, he wished it was right smack in the middle of the season. Play seven or eight games, get a break, then gear up for the second half.
But this early? What good was that? Come back and play three straight months of football?
Well, that was the coach's mindset, until New York took injury after injury. And now? Well, Bowles says he'll take the bye right where it is.
"I would say it came at a pretty good time," Bowles said.
As New York heads home for a week away from the Atlantic Health Training Facility, it will give the 3-1 Jets a chance to heal their walking wounded. While it's been relatively smooth sailing through the first quarter of the season, the victories haven't come without a price.
Actually, the Jets injury list seams to be growing faster than their win total. And unlike last year, that's not a good thing.
In a 27-14 win over the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday, New York watched as starting defensive end Leonard Williams (ankle), safety Calvin Pryor (knee), linebacker David Harris (quad) and backup running back Bilal Powell (groin) all left the game and didn't return. Speaking via conference call, Bowles said none of the injuries are too serious, or have season-ending threats, but still, if the Jets had a game to play on Sunday, none of the three may be able to play.
"All of them are still getting checked out," Bowles said. "They're pretty sore this week so the bye came at a good time.
"As long as they get treatment and everything heals, hopefully (they'll be healthy for Week 6). That's the process. But I won't be able to tell until next week."
While Bowles seemed optimistic on the status of those mentioned above, whether or not receiver Chris Owusu is closing in on a return is a bit more of an uncertainty. After impressing in training camp, Owusu had been seeing reps with the Jets starters, but has missed each of the last two games after getting his knee scoped.
When asked about Owusu, Bowles said he's progressing, but there's no date for a return just yet.
"It's too early to tell whether he'll be back after the bye," Bowles said. "He could still miss a game or two, but he's progressing."
Bowles and the rest of the Jets coaching staff will work at the team's facility until Wednesday. The players, meanwhile, will have off after gathering for meetings Tuesday