Initial Reaction – That’s A Wrap Rex, Part Two!

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to another dumpster fire loss for the New York Jets

Unfortunately, I can basically just copy and paste my initial reaction article to the New York Jets game against the Buffalo Bills back in week 8. The Jets had a pathetic no show tonight against, losing 38-3. They were trounced from the opening snap to the final whistle, looking listless and unprepared. Rex Ryan is now 1-5 after a bye week, 2-13 after his last 15 wins, 14-19 against the AFC East, 16-30 in his last 46 games with 12 (12!) losses by 20 points or more, including three to these Bills. I thought he may make a final push to keep his job but I was wrong, Rex is done. He is what he is: Mike Smith with a worse record and a better personality. Tonight’s effort merited him being fired tomorrow, he won’t be but the performance merited it. 

Does John Idzik get fired too? He very well may. The team is 2-9 and laying down. Nobody should feel safe or secure in the organization. Idzik shoulders more blame than he should from many but nobody should lose sleep over this entire organization being cleaned out from top to bottom. This includes Terry Bradway. This includes Jeff Bauer. This includes Marty Mornhinweg and his horrific “game-plan” from tonight. This includes David Lee and this offense which still uses The Wildcat. This includes everybody. This team had 15 days to prepare against a team who was buried in snow all week and lost by 35 points.

Mike Vick replicated his San Diego performance. He looked disinterested and lackadaisical, putting a big dent in his chances to be a 2015 stater anywhere. Beyond that, he left with an injury making it very likely we could see Geno Smith next week on Monday Night Football. Yes, this team is somehow in primetime again next week.

We saw Jaiquawn Jarrett bull rushed to allow a blocked punt. No attempt to establish a running game on first down. A delay of game, followed by a timeout needing to be taken, false starts, 12 men on the field and offsides. We saw Vick slightly miss Eric Decker long but Decker still drop a catchable home run pass. We saw the Jets run defense give up in the second half as Anthony Dixon waltzed to a 30 yard touchdown. We saw Rex playing Antonio Allen, who may have been the worst defensive back in the NFL in week 1-8, at safety over Calvin Pryor and continuing to play Dawan Landry and Kyle Wilson, one of whom can’t move and the other who can’t cover a backup TE without picking up a holding call.

It was an ugly disaster, it looked like Rex and the team spent a bit too much of their bye week patting themselves on the back for pulling within 6 games of .500 at the time.

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