The New York Jets lost a chaotic, sloppy, disjointed game in Miami today, 27-23. This divisional loss should end any discussion of a potential run into relevant games this December as the Jets have put themselves in too big of a hole at 3-6 to do anything but play for pride and next season. Similar to most of their losses, there is plenty of blame to be spread around…
Everything works back from the Jets having the worst starting quarterback in the NFL by a wide margin. Ryan Fitzpatrick added to his league leading interception total with two more, including a laughable one in the redzone and another that directly set up Miami points. There is really nothing left to say except that he should be benched and made inactive for the rest of the season. The Jets are like a swimmer starting every game with an anvil tied around their ankle with Fitzpatrick under center. Bryce Petty may not be the long term answer but let’s at least find out in a real game situation and beyond that, he literally cannot be worse than Fitzpatrick. It is mathematically impossible.
The Jets left points all over the field. Fitzpatrick missed Robby Anderson, who played a terrific game, for an easy touchdown in the first quarter. He misfired to Quincy Enunwa later in the first half, sparking an outburst from Brandon Marshall on the sideline. They continued to play putrid redzone offense, which has been a mix of awful quarterback play and occasional questionable play calling. The Jets underused Matt Forte on a day where he was regularly gashing the Dolphins defense, finishing with 92 yards on only 12 carries.
Defensively, the Jets were an undisciplined mess. They escorted the Dolphins up and down the field with a multitude of personal fouls, while going another game without forcing any turnovers or creating any game changing plays. It was a particularly rough game for Julian Stanford, who was mismatched in space and missed tackles all over the field. Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were both benched for the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, this is the second time this has happened with Wilkerson in two years. When Wilkerson was back on the field, he made no impact, continuing a disappointing 2016 campaign.
The icing on the cake was the Jets special teams giving away the game winning touchdown to the Dolphins on a kick return. Miami received a second chance on the return after Antonio Allen was offsides on the previous kick (2012 draft class dumpster fire represent!). It is only fitting that all three phases of the game should fail the Jets in a back breaking loss.
Todd Bowles’ poor season continued. The Jets are not a well disciplined team, as evidenced by the countless personal fouls today. They also remain too conservative and disorganized on the sideline. Stop kicking chip shot field goals. Stop showing limited urgency when trailing in the fourth quarter. Stop backing players who are failing at their job.
The Jets are not a well coached team. They are also not anywhere near as talented or deep as many make them out to be. Players in their starting lineup or playing major reps today included Wes Johnson, Julian Stanford, Daryl Roberts, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brandon Bostick, Mike Catapano and Jordan Jenkins….you top that off with the worst quarterback in the NFL and whee is all this talent? The Jets are below average at QB, OL, TE, LB and CB.
Ultimately, Jets fans should not get too worked up about the loss today. What did you really expect? This was a 4 point loss thanks to a 4th quarter kick return. This was a toss up between two mediocre teams headed to somewhere between 6-10 and 8-8. This season isn’t heading anywhere. Yes, the Jets can beat other bad teams here and there but they are also going to lose to them here and there. Recalibrate your expectations to this team. Last season is dead.
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