Gary Phillips


Gary Phillips is a contributor at The Athletic, Forbes and Sporting News and the Managing Editor of USA Today Sports' Jets Wire. Phillips has previous experience with Bleacher Report, FanRag Sports, The Bergen Record, CNBC, NBC News, NJ.com, the Locked On Network, The Journal Inquirer and The Journal News. A journalism graduate of Seton Hall, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Setonian, the university's award-winning student newspaper. He can be reached at garyhphillips@outlook.com or 845-825-7030.

Todd Bowles deflects responsibility: 'Penalties are definitely on the players'

It’s rare for Todd Bowles to say anything noteworthy during his media sessions, yet at the same time fitting that his comments Friday morning lacked awareness. That’s what the Jets lacked on several occasions Thursday night, as New York picked up six penalties for 55 yards in its 21-17 loss to the previously winless Browns. That’s not an astronomical number — especially by the Jets’ standards under Bowles — but several of those flags were for senseless actions.

Joe Namath believes Jets in good hands after meeting Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater

Before the Jets and Giants took the field Friday night, Gang Green’s three quarterbacks held court with a New York icon. Making his way to the sidelines prior to kickoff, Joe Namath was sure to say hello to Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown. For Darnold and Bridgewater, it was their first time meeting the Hall of Famer. It was a brief encounter with the game just minutes away, but Broadway Joe made a lasting impression nonetheless.

The Jets screw up their 2nd-round picks anyway

The Jets can’t botch a second-round pick if they don’t have one. Maybe that’s why Mike Maccagnan traded them all away. The Jets moved up in the 2018 draft on Saturday, acquiring the No. 3 pick from the Colts. In return, Indianapolis got the sixth pick plus two 2018 second-rounders and a 2019 second-rounder. Some have criticized how much the Jets surrendered in order to advance just three spots, but history tells us the assets traded wouldn’t have panned out anyway.

Arrested development: Todd Bowles' inaction is impeding Jets' culture change

Pretty soon, the Jets are going to have more arrests than victories in the last calendar year. The team, fresh off a five-win season, has seen three of its players apprehended in a nine-month span. There’s two-time offender Robby Anderson, who is facing nine charges and three felonies after going wild with his car – and, allegedly, his mouth – a few weeks ago in South Florida. That incident follows Anderson getting arrested at a Miami music festival last offseason for resisting authorities.

Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson is a breath of fresh air

The 2017 season was one of change and improvement for the Jets, but the most striking did not come on the field. Rather, it was in the owner’s suite. For all the Jets personnel who have come and gone in the last year, no one has been more noticeable than CEO and Chairman Christopher Johnson. The camera-shy acting owner would probably prefer that not be the case, but it is hard to ignore the drastic juxtaposition of him and his predecessor. Johnson’s older brother, Woody, was hardly a presence

'I’ve earned everything': Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson can't be serious

There’s no way. His comments Wednesday afternoon were surely some sort of ill-advised joke, or perhaps an attempt to troll a Jets press corps and fan base that has spent the better part of two weeks chiding him. The context behind his words? Wilkerson was asked if he’s merited the $37 million he’s made over the past two seasons. That was the guaranteed money Gang Green committed to the defensive end when they signed him to a five-year, $86 million contract in July 2016. Since then, Wilkerson h
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