FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Kacy Rodgers was scheduled to do his weekly Q&A with the media Thursday before the Jets said the defensive coordinator had a doctor appointment and would hold the session Friday. But coach Todd Bowles closed his news conference Friday with some sobering words.
"A side note: Coach Rodgers couldn’t do his interviews today because he is ill of a nature we can’t discuss right now,” Bowles said. “We’ll see going forward where he is and go from there.”
Bowles was told by a reporter that he sounded nervous about the situation with his colleague and friend. Asked if this is a serious thing, Bowles said, “He’s a tough guy. It’s a serious thing.”
Bowles said Rodgers wasn’t at practice or at the training complex. Bowles was noncommittal over whether Rodgers would be able to coach Sunday against Denver at MetLife Stadium.
"We’ll see,” said Bowles, who could assume Rodgers’ duties there if needed.
Rodgers is 49 and in his fourth season as the coordinator.
"All we know is that he’s sick,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “We’re just going to have to let Kacy be the one to talk about everything that’s going on. We’re just going to pray for him and wish him a speedy recovery.”
Defensive back Darryl Roberts said, “Everybody is going to feel the same and go about the game the same way whether he’s there or Coach Bowles is taking over or whoever may be taking over … Just try to focus on executing and winning the game.”