Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com.
Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.
"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."
Bowles has been focusing on increased effort by his team, and Richardson believes it because of the youth in the locker room.
"He realizes we're young and we need the extra coaching," Richardson said. "We had a lot of veterans the past couple seasons, and I guess he felt like we didn't need as much coaching up as possible. But last year said otherwise. But he's still doing it his way. He's not overdoing it. He's just making sure he's putting emphasis on it."
The team has trouble in the locker room with discipline being a main concern. Richardson and fellow DE Muhammad Wilkerson were both suspended for the first quarter of the Jets' Week 9 loss to the Dolphins.
Richardson and former Jets WR Brandon Marshall also clashed during throughout the season as well.
Bowles will be entering his third season with the Jets. He is 15-17 in his first two seasons.