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.
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…
Should be six. pic.twitter.com/fxqHV48ose
— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) September 26, 2016
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.
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.
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