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Jamal Adams says he wasn't criticizing coaches when he said Jets weren't prepared for Baker Mayfield

Todd Bowles says he isn't upset by comments, chalking it up to a young player who "misspoke."

Jets defensive back Jamal Adams celebrates after making

Jets defensive back Jamal Adams celebrates after making a stop against the Dolphins during a game at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 16. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Elsa

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jamal Adams said he wasn’t criticizing Todd Bowles or any of the coaches when he said that the Jets weren’t prepared to face Baker Mayfield last Thursday.

The second-year safety said his comments during his weekly appearance on WFAN Tuesday were misinterpreted and he had nothing but praise for the coaches.

“Let’s clear that up,” Adams said after practice on Wednesday. “Honestly man, if you listen to the interview, it tells you everything I said. I simply said we prepared for Tyrod [Taylor]. He went down with an injury. We didn’t know that at the time. Baker came in. He had energy. He had confidence. I did not say the coaching staff never had us prepared for two quarterbacks.

“We’re going to end it at that and we’re going to move on.”

When Adams was asked if some might infer that he was criticizing his coaches, he said, “We’re moving on. I’ve said plenty of times that our coaching staff is [one of] the best, if not the best, it’s as simple as that. We’re moving on.”

Adams wouldn’t take any more questions about his comments after that. When he was asked about speaking to Bowles about it he shifted the conversation to Sunday’s opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bowles didn’t seem overly bothered by Adams’ remarks. He said Adams is a young player who “misspoke” and called it “a teachable moment.” Bowles said he had no reaction when he first heard about it.

“He misspoke,” Bowles said. “He didn’t mean it. He’s a young player. Part of having a young player as a leader, sometimes he’s going to have growing pains. It’s a teachable moment. He understands that. We talked about it.”

The Jets looked like a team that was not ready to face Mayfield last week in Cleveland. They played aggressive defense on Taylor, a dual-threat quarterback, and held him in check before he left the game with a concussion.

When Mayfield entered, the energy changed, the momentum shifted and the rookie led the Browns to their first win since 2016. The Jets were outscored 21-3 after Mayfield replaced Taylor and lost, 21-17.

The way the Jets played against Mayfield, it wasn’t all that surprising when Adams said on the radio that “we didn’t have a game plan for him.” Those words didn’t reflect well on the coaches, but Bowles downplayed it.

“It’s a young player,” Bowles said. “I know what he meant. The team knows what he meant and we moved on from there. It’s not a bad look. It’s part of a young player getting older and dealing with the media. He’s going to have some growing pains. We’ll work through them. He’s going to be fine.”

This isn’t the first time this season Bowles had to talk to Adams about something he said in the media,

During training camp, Adams was quoted in an article criticizing players last year for doing “the bare minimum” and said “the team, the organization” weren’t willing to sacrifice or do what it took to be a winning team.

Bowles had a similar reaction then. He dismissed it as Adams being young and said “he didn’t mean a lot of the things.”

“He’s still a young player,” Bowles said Wednesday. “He’s going to make some mistakes. This won’t be the last one he makes. But he understands where he is and I understand where he is and I’m fine.”

Bowles was asked one last time whether the Jets were prepared for Mayfield.

“We’ve moved on to Jacksonville,” he said. “I’m not talking about Cleveland.”

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