Initial Reaction – New York Jets Dumpster Fire

Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets 31-0 dumpster fire loss to the San Diego Chargers

The New York Jets put on a pathetic display of football today in San Diego, losing 31-0. Statistically, this game is borderline incomprehensible, as their two quarterbacks combined to go 13/32 for 60 yards, their defense allowed 439 total yards, including 162 rushing (to San Diego’s 4th string running back!) and didn’t cross the 50 yard line until garbage time in the 4th quarter. On to the disaster scene…

You can try to blame one person and argue until you are blue in the face about it. The reality is this, the Jets are a poorly coached team, who are short on personnel in multiple areas, have a question mark at quarterback and are in the middle of the roughest part of their schedule. This is a toxic formula that came to a head today against a very good team in San Diego.

The Jets no showed today. They had zero chance from the outset, quickly falling behind 7-0 and immediately handing the ball back after they FINALLY created turnover. From there, it was 14-0 and the rout was on.

Rex Ryan kept blitzing and blitzing on third down and kept getting beat over and over again. One day, he will stop leaving his players on an island when it repeatedly isn’t working but he’ll probably be a defensive coordinator somewhere else by that day. His defense laid down about halfway through the second quarter, allowing the Chargers 4th string running back to shred them apart. He said in the press conference he has never been in this spot before but that’s a lie. Go look back through the Jets schedule since the final month of 2011, there is PLENTY of performances like this on his resume, with multiple different GMs, quarterbacks, defensive and offensive coordinators.

Offensively, Geno Smith never really had a chance today. The Jets offensive line was thoroughly dominated, racking up more penalties than plays with productive pass protection. In particular, both of their guards are proving to be solidly below average NFL starters right now. WIthout Eric Decker, nobody elevated their play in the passing game. Jeff Cumberland remains a ghost. David Nelson looked hurt. Jeremy Keremy and Greg Salas didn’t create anything. The only thing Chris Johnson brought was a killer lost fumble and apparently Bilal Powell has been banished off the roster for who knows what reason? Putting in Mike Vick made zero difference. If you thought he was a cure all for the Jets problems, you are sadly mistaken.

The special teams are average. The all around effort level was questionable at best. The injuries are piling up. Guys who usually are average or above average starters laid an egg today (Antonio Allen at safety, Feguson/Mangold on the offensive line, Harris at linebacker). It was a mess from top to bottom.

The roster construction and work of John Idzik will remain under appropriate scrutiny. He isn’t getting fired in season or after the season…I hate to ruin the dreams of those who regularly demand it. However, the Jets lack of depth at receiver, corner and guard has consistently manifested itself as a problem this season. Many of his picks are still developing and thus subject to inconsistent play or have limited involvement, not allowing the draft to calm the masses. The torches will be out for everyone, including him, which means every mistake will be magnified and any positive will be ignored.

It is likely to get worse before it gets better with upcoming games against Denver and in New England on a short week. MetLife Stadium could be UGLY this week, which is a shame for so early in the season but a cold reality. The Jets needed to get 2 out of 3 from Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit but lost three one score games and set themselves up for this.

Rant it out people, it is understandable…

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 EVP of Content at Whistle Sports