Initial Reaction – Bed Time, Jets Lose 9-6 To Rams

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 9-6 loss to the Rams…

The New York Jets hit rock bottom today with a 9-6 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams. There isn’t much to say about this one because not much happened in Bryce Petty’s first career start. The team now mercilessly heads into a bye week before a less than enticing match-up against the New England Patriots.

Defensively, the Jets basically did their job. Los Angeles scored 9 points, although 6 did come in the second half, as the Jets began to struggle defending the run a little more. However, there was still no forced turnovers and it was frustrating to watch Kenny Britt have his way with Darrelle Revis for most of the afternoon. The Jets can play stout defense still from time to time but don’t make enough plays to help compensate for a terrible offense.

On special teams, the Jets lost again. Nick Folk missed an extra point. Lachlan Edwards was consistently average to below average in a game that punting mattered way too much in. The jets return game remains non existent. Jalin Marshall is a terrible punt return who adds no explosiveness and regularly drops the ball. CJ Spiller is a non factor as a kick returner. The Jets never win the field position battle.

Offensively, Bryce Petty was competent in the first half, including a good looking deep ball to Robby Anderson and driving the Jets 99 yards for their only touchdown of the day. He did miss Anderson on a should have been 70 yard touchdown later in the half though. In the second half, he began missing more throws, culminating with a game ending interception. Overall, it was a forgettable 19/32, 163 yard performance that did nothing to show his value long term to this team. Regardless, the Jets are better off sticking with a young quarterback who is mediocre than going back to an old quarterback who is the worst in the NFL and will not be here next year.

There is not much else to say. This is a bad football team, who is going to struggle to win many more games. There may not be a good answer to the quarterback question on this roster, which means Mike Maccagnan’s seat is going to heat up alongside Todd Bowles, who watched his staff have another forgettable day. The Jets coached too conservatively around Petty and again showed questionable clock management.

The good news? It is the bye week.  You get two weeks without Jets football before having to watch them play the best team in the NFL.

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

    With the Jets on their way to a top 5 pick I pose the question should Mike Maccagnan be making the picks after his rough first two drafts. Yes I know we can’t judge drafts this early, but lets be honest it’s not looking great, outside of Leonard Williams. Lee seems fine, but he is an ILB who was a first round pick, big whoop.

    This is the same guy who took a QB in the 2nd round and are terrified to not only not let him play, but won’t even dress him over a guy who had one healthy leg today.

    I think Bowles and Mac will get another year, my mind could change if they go back to Fitz. They got their 7 losses, the season is done. Play those guys you drafted to see how they look. Don’t care if we lose, would rather see Burris get snaps over Revis who could give two shits.

  • GT

    They should play the kids the rest of the season. Playoffs are a lost cause. Unless the owner is putting pressure on Mac and Bowles to win, they need to evaluate these young players for next season.

    They need a QB. That should be an off season obsession for Macagnan. Impossible to win consistently in the league without one. Fitz had a career year in 2015, he got the Jets to negotiate against themselves and scored a one-year windfall. This year, he’s the most overpaid player in the league. Revis has declined markedly. He’s due a big roster bonus in March. Will the Jets pay it? They can’t trade Mo. Mac gave him a big contract, and Mo has had a sub-par season. Who would want him? Richardson is tradeable. He’s the guy they’ll have to move. They should have dealt him before the deadline. A team like Oakland, which needs defensive help and can taste the playoffs for the first time in a decade might have paid a second round draft choice.

  • Joey

    If fitzpatrick would have thrown that deep ball to robby anderson, people would have been screaming how he underthrew him. It was not a good pass, look at the tape. Petty was terrible.

  • glegly

    Know it’s a beating-a-dead-horse topic, but Revis…OMG. Kenny Freaking Britt lit him up like a Christmas tree. Every time it was 3rd and long, the feeling at my house was, “Okay, time for the NYJ to give up the deep pass to Britt.” We might be a few games away from watching the best player in NYJ history stumble around the field like he’s poor Willie Mays when he was on the Mets the last year of his career. Or are we there? Move him to FS now, and let’s see if his ballhawking skills – which were prolific – can help.

  • Shaun

    Mikey Mac has his work cut out heading into the offseason. MAJOR questions up and down the roster.
    1. Quarterback
    2. Offensive Line
    3. Secondary
    4. Linebackers
    5. Special Teams
    6. Coaching Staff

  • cornfed

    But w/out taking many chances in the 2nd half, we didn’t get to see Petty get more confidence throwing deep. Chan needs to hit the books and come up with something good during the bye, but that doesn’t mean the coaching staff in general doesn’t stink. It’s all gloom and doom from here on out, not even a good OL to maybe see Hack do something encouraging, i’d want to see more help up front before they put him out there