Initial Reaction – Dead On Arrival, Jets Slaughtered In Primetime

Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals

The New York Jets never had a prayer tonight. You cannot overcome the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, particularly when you are one of the worst coached teams in the NFL. You cannot overcome it when you have no explosive plays in the running game. You cannot overcome it when you have an overrated, overpaid defensive line and secondary. This team didn’t have a final punch in them in primetime, instead they laid down and died. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick continued to maintain his lock on the worst starting quarterback in the NFL tonight with a dreadful 16/31, 174 yard, 1 INT performance. It goes beyond the stats, as Fitzpatrick’s offense has two touchdowns since week two (we don’t count Charone Peake’s touchdown vs. Seattle here, sorry folks). He is inaccurate, has no idea how to read a defense and is reckless with the football because he isn’t held accountable for his play. There is no accountability in being benched down 28-3 and then having your Head Coach say immediately after the game, you are still the starter. It is a joke and an insult to the rest of the locker room.

This game was over when there wasn’t a quarterback switch made at halftime. Everything Geno Smith did in garbage time, good or bad, is useless. He needs a full week of practice and not to be in down 25 points for a fair evaluation, which he probably won’t get here.

Todd Bowles has continued to do a terrible job this season and his stubborn insistence of sticking with Fitzpatrick may be his downfall. You could sell yourself another year with a young QB or more easily explain away losses but sticking with a guy who will be out of the NFL next year? There is no excuse. I tweeted in the offseason that even if Bowles went 1-15 this year, the Jets wouldn’t switch coaches. I regret it because he is trending in that direction and going down with an awful, old quarterback.

On the other side of the ball, the Jets defense remains soft and mismanaged. Sheldon Richardson should never play linebacker. Period. Muhammad Wilkerson is not even coming close to living up to his contract. Buster Skrine is in a hurry to join Darrelle Revis on the Jets most overpaid/worst contact list. It is a listless unit, that is forced to deal with an offense that simply never scores points. They aren’t helping their own cause but it is hard to play quality defense when you know you are getting no points in support. This team is averaging 7 points per game since week 2.

No turnovers forced. No big plays on offense. This is an old team. This is a bad team. This is a poorly coached team. This is the worst quarterbacked team in the NFL. You can regress to the mean without being arguably the league’s worst team. The Jets have been no better than the Browns this season.

Save yourself a trip to MetLife next week until this team makes some real changes or shows a pulse. You can use your time better.

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

  • Mark

    The scary thing is how bad it could get in the future. They basically need to re-build the entire offensive line in the next few years. They have no QB, no future HB, no inline TE. Marshall and Decker is still a good 1-2, but getting older, and it will be good to evaluate Anderson, Peake and hopefully Smith in the coming weeks. Of course the QB can’t throw a 9 route so it doesn’t even matter.

    The defensive line is slow, they should trade Sheldon in the offseason since he will still have a year left before he has to get paid. They don’t know how to use the guy. Secondary also needs a complete rebuild, Revis is done here after next season, Skrine is bad, Pryor and Gilchrist have been JAGS this season.

    It’s pretty funny this team wanted to go to the playoffs this year, and took a QB in the 2nd round to be 4th string when you need 2nd round picks to play to help you win.

    The GM seems to really like slow OLB’s, Jenkins and Mauldin are awful.

    Do I think Geno is better then Petty and Hack? Yes, but Geno has no future here and although they won’t want to admit it the season is over. See what Petty has since he is signed, he will probably stink and join the long last of crap QB’s this organization continues to draft.

  • John C

    Hard to believe how poorly every unit has played. The two huge differences last year, were that we were winning the Turnover battle, and Fitz played like a professional QB. The D, and especially the DL, has been overrated for years. We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and I think the only position that looks pretty good is WR, where the young guys look like they could be OK.

    Regarding Geno, yes he should start a few games now, and if he has not improved, we should move on to trying Petty, just to see where they stand. Joe Caporoso, I read your Tweets regarding Geno’s performance and behaviour. I agree that it might not be fair to count his 1 fumble, 1 int. Performance, under the circumstances (though what if he did well?). One thing that is true though, which you discounted or did not mention, is his attitude. I am not Manish Mehta, but I too thought his pacing/sulking on the sideline, before getting in, was not appropriate(and I wanted Geno in at half), and you could see the shell-shocked look on his face, right after the fumble. No surprise (based on his past history), that he then ended up throwing a pick.

    One other aside: Did anyone else notice that before the half, it appeared that Bowles was ready to let 20 seconds roll off the clock, rather than cal! a Timeout? I believe it was an injury that ended up stopping the click with a little over a minute left.

  • GT

    This team needs a QB. Full stop. Fitz looks like he belongs on a semi-pro team. All he can do is throw slants and screen passes. Defenses know what’s coming, and they shut it down. Geno is not the answer. Both players will be gone next season. Play Bryce Petty. See if he has starter ability. At least determine if he can be a viable backup. If they finish the season 3-13, so what? A higher draft pick increases the odds of getting a top QB talent in the draft.
    The defense is not bad. They are asked to win the game by themselves, which is impossible. They’re on the field too often. Any defense would tire with that workload.

  • cornfed

    Skrine was out of position, he will grab and hold if he’s not playing slot. He can blitz pretty well, and at least one of those flags was BS…but overall you’re dead on lol