FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Todd Bowles is all for free speech, just as long as his players aren't ripping one another.
The Jets coach said he had no problem with Willie Colon's recent comments about Geno Smith, though Bowles seemed somewhat confused by Colon's choice of words.
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"I heard it . . . something about keys to the Porsche and don't crash it," he said with a smile on Wednesday after the team's next-to-last session of organized team activities.
"I don't know what kind of car we have here, we're still building it. And there's a lot of parts to be determined in that. But it's probably just a figure of speech, knowing Willie."
Colon made headlines Tuesday when he said that Smith has to be "on top of his game" in 2015. "We bought the Porsche, we've given him the keys, he can't crash it," Colon said on SiriusXM NFL radio.
When initially asked about Colon's comments Bowles said: "My personal feeling is, you don't have nothing good to say about a teammate, you don't say it. There's pressure on everybody. We're in this business to win and Geno's one of 22 guys starting and everybody at every position has the same type of pressure."
But when asked directly if he viewed Colon's comments as "critical," Bowles said no.
"I don't think so," he said. "I mean, you don't know Willie. I don't know the situation, I wasn't [there for] the interview. It's freedom of speech. He can speak to the press, he's a grown man. He's part of the team. I know how he feels about Geno, I know how he feels about the team.
"Nothing Willie said is wrong. You can speak your mind any time you want to speak your mind. That's up to him . . . I don't see it [as] harmful to him, no."
So does Bowles agree that the Jets offense has Porsche-like potential in 2015?
"I don't have a Porsche, so I can't answer that question. They look nice on the outside," he said, chuckling. "I don't compare our offense to any type of car or vehicle or any type of situation. We're going to try to get better by the day and we're going to make sure we put people in the right place to make plays and we're going to go from there."