The New York Jets have now lost four straight games, dropping their record to 3-9. There are losses in football and there is what transpired last night…
The severity of the Jets embarrassment on national television has finally seemed to snap them into making moves they should have made 3-4 weeks ago. First off, Bryce Petty will be the starting quarterback for the final four games. Second, the Jets began veteran house cleaning today by releasing CJ Spiller and Jeremy Ross. These are baby steps but the Jets need to keep pushing with moves to begin gutting a losing culture that has not netted a playoff appearance since 2010.
Ryan Fitzpatrick should be inactive for the rest of the season. Any and every practice rep should be going to Petty and Christian Hackenberg, who should be dressing for every game. Whether you are optimistic or not about their long term chances here (this writer isn’t), give them every proper opportunity this final month.
Darrelle Revis should be inactive for the rest of the season. Send a message that showing up out of shape and giving minimal effort for nearly a full calendar year will not be tolerated going forward. Every rep he was playing should go to Juston Burris or Dexter McDougle. Revis should be cut in the offseason. Muhammad Wilkerson should be inactive for the rest of the season. Send him a message to for 2017, when he will still be part of this team. Shut him down now for a lackadaisical, lost season. Nick Mangold is banged up and should be shut down as well. The Jets will need to consider the necessity of keeping a 33 year old center for 9 million dollars next season. Let him go into the offseason healthy and listen to any potential trade offers for him.
If Sheldon Richardson is going to play with the effort level he did last night, continue to cut his reps. He is likely to be traded this offseason anyway, so don’t let him tank his value. On the defensive line, let Deon Simon and Anthony Johnson see increased playing time. On the offensive line, let Brandon Shell and Dakota Dozier work into playing time. Breno Giacomini is a goner, so why bother continuing to play him?
At receiver, funnel targets to Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith, who should get a chance to be active. Manufacture touches for these guys and see who can handle it and who can’t. There is no use in throwing 12 passes per game to Brandon Marshall, who is somebody the Jets should have on the trade block next season.
Go young everywhere. At least most of these guys will play with energy and urgency. Right now the Jets just aren’t bad, they are hard to support. Who enjoys watching overpaid players, like Revis and Fitzpatrick, loaf around the field?
Next week’s game might be the worst one played in the NFL this season before the Jets finish with their three divisional opponents and enter an offseason where everybody is on notice.
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