Beachum: I'd Run Through A Wall For Todd Bowles

Kelvin Beachum has loved playing for Todd Bowles

The DA Show
October 02, 2018 - 12:50 pm

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Kelvin Beachum spent the first four years of his career playing for Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh, and he has spent the last two playing for Todd Bowles in New York. Tomlin and Bowles may seem different, but they’re both bottom-line people.

“They both are black and white. You know exactly where both of them stand,” Beachum said on The DA Show. “Coach Bowles will let you know exactly how he feels about you, how he feels about the team, how he has his assessment of where we’re at at this present moment – both after the game and in the meetings that follow during the week. Same with Mike T.”

As for the biggest difference between the two, it’s no contest.

“Just the obvious: the demeanor,” Beachum said. “Coach Tomlin is a very great orator. He could be a motivational speaker in the likes of Tony Robbins and Les Brown. Todd Bowles isn’t one of those. He’s very short and sweet. I just think from a differences standpoint, just their ability and how they communicate publicly to people. But both of them at the same time are tremendous defensive minds. Both of them are defensive-minded. Both of them can put together phenomenal schemes and really get after offenses. 

“So I have much appreciation for both of them,” Beachum continued. “I’m honored to play for two African-American head coaches, so I’m blessed in that regard. But I have a lot of respect for my current head coach. I love him to death. I’d run through a wall for him.”

The Jets opened the season with a 48-17 win at Detroit but have lost three straight. In fact, they’ve scored just 41 points in their last three games combined, including a season-low 12 against the Jaguars in Jacksonville this past Sunday.

“I would consider that defense not only the best defense, but probably one of the deepest defenses in the National Football League,” said Beachum, a seventh-round pick in 2012. “You got first-rounders that are coming off the bench. We knew this going into the game: If we turn this into a passing type of game, that’s not the type of game that we want. If you get into a situation with them where you’re just passing the ball, you just feed right into their hands.”

The Jets ran 14 times for 34 yards (2.4 yards per carry).

“We got behind the 8-ball early and weren’t able to stick with the run like we wanted to,” Beachum said. “We had some solid runs early in the game but weren’t able to stick to that type of game plan. It turned into the type of game where they just got to tee off. They were able to rotate their edge rushers, their interior guys, and bring in their big dogs on third down and find a way to get after the passer.”

Sam Darnold finished 17-of-34 for 167 yards and a touchdown, but the Jets trailed 16-0 at halftime and didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter.

“At the end of the day, (the Jaguars) found a way to win the game – and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters in this league,” Beachum said. “It’s not how well you played or what you thought about the team beforehand or after the game. All that matters is the win or the loss – and we weren’t able to get it done.”

The Jets will try to end their three-game skid this Sunday against Denver (2-2). Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.