Tempers were at an all-time high. The Jets, in a competitive divisional matchup with the Buffalo Bills, had just suffered their third loss in four games. Making matters worse? The defeat came at the hands of ex-coach Rex Ryan.
No one was happy. And one player let his frustrations out at an inopportune time.
After the game, Jets second-year quarterback Geno Smith reportedly cursed off a reporter. Bowles said on Friday he had planned to talk to Smith about the incident. Three days later, that isn't the case anymore.
"I heard it was no big deal," Bowles said. "So I let it go."
According to a report from the New York Post, Smith, after declining an interview request, called a reporter an "[Expletive]"- head before walking off. The reporter Tweeted the encounter a few minutes later, the news spread, and eventually, it made its way back to Bowles.
When speaking to the media initially on Friday, Bowles said he had not heard of what had happened, but that he'd look into it and then have a conversation with Smith. Apparently, Bowles found out enough to believe that such a conversation was not warranted.
"He's a grown man, he can say what he wants," Bowles said. "From what I heard, I don't think it was anything disrespectful and that he didn't fire back at. It was no big deal, it was a passing shot.
"It was no big deal. I don't think he's a bad guy."
Whether Bowles sees any issue with Smith's comments or not, they do warrant the raising of a red flag or two. In his short three-year career, Smith has gotten himself in trouble a few times, mostly due to immaturity.
A year ago, after the Jets suffered a loss to the Detroit Lions, Smith yelled "[Expletive] you!" to fans as he walked off the field. Before a game against the Chargers, Smith missed a team meeting while he was at the movies. This August, Smith had his jaw broken by teammate I.K. Enemkpali after he reportedly stuck his finger in the linebacker's face during a heated argument.
This latest incident seems to indicate that Smith hasn't yet realized that he, more than any other player on the Jets, is being analyzed under a microscope.
At the team's practice facility Monday, Smith declined to talk to reporters.