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What were you most disappointed with in the New York Jets 15-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs?
Dalbin Osorio: I think the biggest thing that disappointed me was that this was the first game where it seemed like Todd Bowles did not have the Jets ready to play. This is a team that has exceeded expectations, in large part because Bowles and his staff have done a very good job, but this Sunday they fell flat. This is a team that does not have the talent to overcome mistakes or sleepwalking performances. It falls on the coaches to maximize the talent, and they did not do that. The Jets were never going to be a playoff team this year, but they should beat a Bucs team without their top QB and WR.
Scott Mason: I could list a bunch of things I was disappointed with in regards to Sunday’s Jets loss to the Bucs, but really I just want the three hours of my life I spent watching that game back. As Joe Caporoso so succinctly pointed out in his post game analysis, the Jets are who we thought they were. We’ve seen Demario Davis unexpectedly become vastly improved and Darron Lee begin to come into his own, but for the most part, the players we thought would be good have been good and the ones we thought would be bad have been bad. The loss wasn’t all that disappointing, it was just horrifically bad football that I wish I hadn’t had to sit through. All I want from the Jets going forward is a team that continues to develop some of its young players while giving me enough positive moments to keep me from falling asleep. Sunday’s performance was not a step in that direction, and I can only hope that Todd Bowles and company will spend the bye week figuring out ways to fix that.
Joe Malfa: I was most disappointed by the fact that the Jets came out flat when they had the extra rest — not to mention the fact that they were coming off their best win of the season. It is inexcusable. I was starting to hop back on the Bowles bandwagon this season. I never really got to the point where I wanted him to receive an extension because we were only at the season’s midpoint, though I was starting to come around on him a bit. This dismal start to the second half of the season did not help the cause.
David Aitken: The most disappointing aspect of yesterday was the sheer incompetence of the offense as a whole and particularly the offensive line. We’ve come to accept that this unit isn’t going to be moving bodies in the run game on a reliable basis, but this was maybe their worst outing in pass protection as well. I’m no Josh McCown apologist but a team that cannot run the ball, protect their quarterback or have an obvious “bailout” target at receiver can’t expect any miracles from a 38 year old veteran journeyman quarterback. The closest thing the Jets do have to a must-target player is Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and he was hardly involved until late in the game. That’s a gameplan failure.
Greg Armstrong: As Joe put in his initial reaction, this Jets team is exactly who we thought they were. For all of the dancing and all of the fun surrounding this Jets team for the last week and a half, it was all thrown out of a 20 story building and exploded into a million pieces upon hitting the ground.
In a game against a reeling team that hasn’t looked like wanting any part of football, they came out flat and completely unprepared in a stepping stone game. They rarely took deep shots, consistently threw the ball short of the first down markers and kept trying to run the ball east and west instead of north and south.
For all of the talk about “Bowles being in coach of the year contention” and “sign Bowles to an extension” (which was outlandish) this is the exact game that stops those talks for good. It was an atrocious game on all fronts and a game that brings you back to the reality that this Jets team, while young and hungry, is still a long ways away from being looked at seriously.
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