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