Every coach likes to see what kind of shape their players enter training camp in. But for the Jets, the players might be the ones looking at their head coach after his offseason transformation.
Todd Bowles has made the biggest change from a year ago, as his wife believes he lost about 50 or 60 pounds. It was back in March that Bowles decided to make a diet and exercise change, and the results are as clear as day.
"You know when you've had enough," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "I've had enough. I want to be better for myself and for my family. I want to be around a long time. It's become a lifestyle."
One of the main reasons Bowles said enough was enough came from pain he has having in his right knee. Back in 2015, he had a partial replacement of the knee, and his weight wasn't helping matters.
"It was just too much weight on my leg. I was never this heavy before," Bowles explained. "I just decided to start working out and get myself back in shape. That's really the basis of it. So, I started eating better and working out more and taking longer walks and chipping away little by little. Before you know it, I got into a groove of working out. I started feeling better and my leg started huring less. Standing on the field now, I feel great."
Bowles decided to cut out any bread, and green vegetables have become a staple in his new diet. Also, portion discipline has been key. It's also why you won't see Bowles sitting in the team cafeteria, as he doesn't want to get tempted to pile on his plate.
"I don't sit down there anymore," he said. "I get a cup and I go. I have my portions in my cup. I don't sit in there, because if you sit in there you're going to go back for second and thirds."
As for exercise, Bowles makes it a habit to arrive to the Jets' facility in Florham Park before 5 a.m. to work out. He also added a treadmill to his office, so weather doesn't halt him from walk his miles each day.
Bowles new lifestyle has even been preached to his fellow coaches.
"I tell my coaches it's mandatory to work out three times a week," Bowles said. "If they don't, they're going to have a problem. We have to make time."
Dedication to get healthier has given Bowles' a great frame of mind as camp begins. And he's hoping to sustain that for the rest of the season.