New York Jets Loss Monday, The Vent – Week 3

Joe Caporoso with a final vent on the New York Jets 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

A vent on the New York Jets 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, arguably their worst loss since Todd Bowles took over and definitely Ryan Fitzpatrick’s worst game as a starting quarterback in New York. On to the fun! 

The New York Jets had a reality check yesterday. This is still a football team who has shown no ability to beat a quality opponent, particularly on the road. This is still a quarterback who cannot show up against a good defense. This is still a coaching staff that plays too conservatively and has not put together enough winning game plans when going against other staffs who are regularly in the playoffs. This is still a roster that despite being talented, has some very real questions to answer when it comes to resource allocation.

False Equivalency 

The Jets had many issues yesterday and have had many issues in their first three games but let’s not play the false equivalency game when it comes to how awful Ryan Fitzpatrick was yesterday. There is one primary reason the Jets lost yesterday and it is because their quarterback was absolutely dreadful. Six interceptions is borderline inconceivable, never mind the multiple others that were dropped. Almost as bad as the interceptions is leaving touchdowns like this on the field…

Fitzpatrick did the same thing earlier in the game when targeting Robby Anderson. Don’t point a finger at Chan Gailey. Don’t point a finger at the receivers. Fitzpatrick has a 43 completion percentage when targeting Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, two of the twenty best receivers in the NFL. He is 30th in the NFL in completion percentage. It is on him, first and foremost.

To The Sideline 

Fitzpatrick was mentally checked out of this game, while it was still technically winnable in the fourth quarter. There is no accountability when you leave a quarterback in after his 4th and 5th interception. When you pull a quarterback during a bad day, it does not mean you have to make a long term switch, which would be premature. It is flat out stupid to have Geno Smith as the backup quarterback, if he isn’t going to be used in a situation like yesterday. This is a team that has two inactive quarterbacks every week and a third they won’t take off bench in any circumstance? What kind of roster management is that?

The lack of accountability to turnovers has trickled down to Jalin Marshall, who has now handed out 14 points over the past two weeks. Marshall has flashed but hasn’t done enough to not merit a cut in his offensive and special teams playing time after turnovers.

Away from the accountability issue, Bowles needs to play more aggressively. The Jets recipe for success this year needed to be an improved defense, special teams and coaching compensating for an offense likely to regress. Right now, they are conservative. You cant have a mediocre quarterback and tip toe around all borderline decisions on the side of conservatism.

Chan Gailey also needs to get better at coaching around Fitzpatrick’s shortcomings. One of the primary reason for the Jets success last season was red zone efficiency. If Fitzpatrick is going off the deep end, the Jets need to run the football more and find other creative ways to cover for his deficiencies.

The Defense

They allowed 10 points yesterday so they are lower on the totem pole of problems but this unit is not making enough plays. The Jets are closer to average than great. Darrelle Revis is a 70 million dollar cornerback who is arguably their third best player at the position right now, behind Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams. Their turnover margin last season was not sustainable but 2 through 3 games isn’t going to cut it. This isn’t a unit anybody is afraid of right now. There has been no “next step” from Calvin Pryor, who is struggling and Lorenzo Mauldin, who is barely a situational player. An average defense to compliment a turnover prone average offense is a recipe for 7-9.

A Few Positives 

Darron Lee looks good. He adds a different element of speed and playmaking ability to the second level, Jordan Jenkins looked ready to roll in his debut and already out repped Mauldin by a wide margin. He looked solid in all aspects of the game and showed more speed than we are used to seeing at outside linebacker. Juston Burris was challenged by Jeremy Maclin on a nine route and won. The offensive line has continued to be solid, including the right tackle rotation. Quincy Enuwna is still really good and only getting better. Robby Anderson flashed when given a chance.

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com 

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • CP

    It’s frustrating the defense apparently can’t cover the deep ball, but even MORE frustrating can’t cover the simple short stuff and screens! Oh and give the QB a break…. rookies QBs tend to have games like this… oh wait…. I thought I was watching rookie Sanchez throwing 6 picks to the Bills again.

  • Geronimo

    Fitz doesn’t look too happy about that pat on the head from Smith.

  • Joey

    I think the defense is the bigger underlying issue moving forward…even more so than fitzpatrick. We know Fitz will be up and down, but the defense was expected to be elite. Our secondary has been absolutely shredded. Dont be fooled by only allowing 10 points yesterday. The Chiefs laid down offensively once they were up two scores. And the defensive line has done very little the last two games.

  • phshaw

    The Fitz regression was too predictable. Until a QB is found we will continue to wander in the wilderness of mediocrity. The veterans for whom Fitz was the only answer must now live with his shortcomings until the season’s record is obviously shredded. At that point we’ll get on with the necessary business of determining if we have a future QB on this roster.

  • Steve Sc

    Joe, while Fitz was mentally checked out of this game as you said, I was physically checked out when I stopped watching in the third quarter. I couldn’t watch any longer and I’m glad I didn’t because it only got worse. It seems when there are expectations for this team by the fans and the media, they simply can’t live up to them. I haven’t given up on them as it is still early in the season so I’m hoping things get better.

  • BowlesOfMacc

    The problem with the Jets right now is they are stuck in rebuilding/find a QB mode and win-now mode. Fitz looked solid in Buffalo but he has been well below average if not downright terrible in the other 2 games against playoff teams. What’s frustrating is the main 2 knocks against Geno are that he’s up and down weekly and he struggles to make the correct reads, and Fitz has the same issues so far this year plus obvious limitations as a QB. I just hope Fitz doesn’t find a way to get Gailey fired twice, he knows how to call plays whether Fitz is executing them or not.

  • mark sanchez

    maybe the jets can trade for sanchez. problem is no other team wants fitzz