"Rex did things his own way, which was great," Bowles said. "I do things my own way, which is great. I have to make sure I stay true to who I am and make sure guys see that and they can relate to that."
The Jets locker room is full of characters and it hasn't been easy to keep them in line so far.
Willie Colon publicly stated his doubt in Geno Smith (June 2), Antonio Cromartie took to the Sirius XM airwaves to start a feud with Richard Sherman (June 2) and the outspoken Brandon Marshall is ready to embrace the NY spotlight as he will continue to be a fixture on "Inside the NFL" (June 11).
"Obviously, we don't want a whole team that gossips and hasn't done anything," Bowles said. ""I don't want them to be robots, but they have to be smart about it," he said, adding: "It's the players' prerogative, but they have to understand, if the coach isn't happy [with them] doing certain things, they're going to have to cut it short."
Bowles is not one for trash talk. His policy is: If you don't have something good to say about a teammate, don't say anything.
"I would never police them and tell somebody what to say," Bowles said. "But you have to know what kind of situation you're in and when you say those things."
Funnily enough, Rex had the same policy about teammates. When Rex came to town, he said he wanted players to only speak positively about teammates and even asked players to make at least one positive remark on at least one other player during media availability.
Bowles' policy seems no different than Rex's, but it is clear that players are testing the boundaries of what's allowable with their new coach. It's ironic that Brandon Marshall has been the best behaved of the bunch of players mentioned thus far.