The New York Jets laid down to die in MetLife Stadium this afternoon, as Matt Barkley (!) and the Buffalo Bills, who had managed 20 points over the past 3 weeks, ran it up in a 41-10 victory. Any shreds of delusion around this failed Jets regime, that is now 23-35 over 58 games, have firmly been put to bed. The Jets are no better than they were 4 years ago when they laid down to die against the Buffalo in Detroit and received a similar whooping. The myth is over, no matter how much media posturing continues to take place.
There are not many stats worth rehashing in this game. An alleged “great, top ten” Jets defense allowed Barkley and his offense to run up 41 points. They recorded zero sacks and zero turnovers. Leonard Williams, franchise cornerstone and generational talent, recorded 2 tackles. Ascending superstar, Darron Lee, recorded 5 whisper quiet tackles as the Bills repeatedly ran the ball down the Jets throat. Marcus Maye, 70 million dollar man Trumaine Johnson and human embodiment of toasted bread Buster Skrine sleepwalked around the field as the likes of Zay Jones and Robert Foster carved up the secondary. Culture changer Jamal Adams played well and celebrated heartily in the second half as the Bills ran up the score. Somewhere, Wesley Snipes is demanding the Jets stop using “New Jack City” as a nickname.
Offensively, Jeremy Bates dialed up a game plan with the imagination of a barely literate kindergartener and excellent mentor but mediocre quarterback Josh McCown compiled 135 yards on 34 pass attempts with 0 touchdowns and 2 ugly interceptions. Isaiah Crowell piled up 19 yards on 7 carries. Poor Quincy Enunwa was thrown screen passes and only screen passes en route to 18 yards. Jermaine Kearse used the Jets increased tempo to rack up a gaudy 16 yards for 4 targets with yet another drop.
As concisely as possible: The Jets are a poorly coached team who is not buying what Todd Bowles and his D list staff are selling. They have a poorly constructed roster that is devoid of talent in critical positions and their best players are useful pieces but wildly overrated by fans. A “great” defense with three recent first round picks and another recent second round pick doesn’t get humiliated like that today by a street free agent at quarterback. There are no All-Pros on this team. There are no culture changers on this team. Winning changes culture, not tough sounding quotes.
Todd Bowles (and Jeremy Bates) should be fired tomorrow. Mike Maccagnan should be fired in January and anybody who tells you otherwise is chugging his media seeded Kool-Aid. Nobody, not even us Jets fans, deserve a team this bad and embarrassing to watch.