The New York Jets fell to 1-3 today with a 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In watching this game, it was clear Seattle had superior talent, an immensely superior quarterback and were a better coached team. The Seahawks are a perennial Super Bowl contender for a reason and this Jets team is nowhere near their level yet. This was a game that never really felt competitive and continued to expose ugly realities about the current state of this New York Jets team…
Offensively, it was the same story we have seen for the overwhelming majority of the first quarter this season. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and was routinely inaccurate, leaving multiple touchdowns on the field by throwing the ball behind open receivers. Through the NFL’s first month, Fitzpatrick is the worst starting quarterback in the NFL and on pace for 40 interceptions. Everything you have to say about the Jets starts from there.
This is not a well coached or well prepared team right now. Offensively, they are flat and not creatively using both Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. The former looks sluggish and cannot be used strictly as an in-between the tackle runner. Defensively, they are sloppy and not well organized on the back end. There has been no progression and improvement from a coaching staff who has seen their honeymoon period come to an end. The game planning must improve. The in game management must improve and that includes taking a closer look at how players are held accountable, namely the quarterback.
Elsewhere, Calvin Pryor is quickly rivaling Darrelle Revis for the biggest disappointment on the Jets defense. He is overmatched in coverage and is no longer playing with the brash confidence he had in 2015. Marcus Gilchrist continues to look like the 2014 version of himself, not the improved player we saw last year. It isn’t being talked about much but David Harris is starting to look his age, as he is regularly missing tackles and a step behind in both the pass and run game.
The Jets defense has joined their offense in regressing from 2015. There are no forced turnovers. There are no sacks. There are no game changing big plays. There are just receivers running wide open all over the formation. This is a soft unit, who teams regularly throw wide receivers against because nobody is flying up to make tackles and nobody is shedding blocks.
There is a slice of the blame pie for everybody in this 1-3 start, so save your “stanning” and excuse making for the quarterback, the coach, the GM or really anybody outside of a handful of players. They have holes on their roster and questionable depth. They are poorly coached and their quarterback is currently terrible.
Is there any silver lining? The Jets aren’t losing to tomato cans. Kansas City and Seattle are going to be playoff teams and in Seattle’s case, a likely Super Bowl contender. The jets are not on these teams level yet. They can probably play with and beat the Dolphins, 49ers and Rams of the world but what does that get you except for a 6-10 or 7-9 season?
The Jets now head into back to back road games where they will be 5-7 point underdogs. They are going to need an upset or two to keep their season on the rails through October.
Photo Credit: Another Ryan Fitzpatrick under throw