Initial Reaction – Jets Are Not Good

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans

The New York Jets continued their mid-season swoon today in Houston with a 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans. Right now, the Jets are a bad football team who have lost 4 of their previous 5 games, regressing hard to the mean with a 5-5 record. Everybody has their scapegoat but the Jets issues are sadly more complex than a one person problem…

Offensively, the Jets played a sluggish first half and never managed to get a running game going. Chris Ivory only had 36 yards on 8 carries. Stevan Ridley had 4 carries for a grand total of 0 yards. They woke up a little bit in the second half but had two opportunities for a game tying drive both end in Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions. Over the past two weeks, the Jets quarterback has been mediocre registering 34/73 on passing attempts (46 completion percentage), 3 TDs and 4 INTs.

The offensive line was beat up on all day, as JJ Watt had a monster afternoon. Nick Mangold left in the first half with a hand injury, leaving Wesley Johnson to struggle along with both of the team’s tackles who looked completely overwhelmed all afternoon. The team did a poor job of doubling Watt and didn’t seem properly prepared to block him scheme-wise.

Fitzpatrick wasn’t helped by his receivers. Devin Smith had a brutal drop of a should be touchdown. Brandon Marshall dropped yet another down field pass, continuing a disappointing 5 week stretch of play. The drops and poor quarterback play are not mutually exclusive. Outside of Eric Decker, the Jets receivers and quarterback both have not played well and both deserve their share of criticism.

Defensively, it was an average effort from a unit who should be much better against a backup quarterback leading a crappy offense. The Jets had one sack and one forced turnover (both courtesy of Marcus Williams). They allowed back to back touchdowns after the score was evened up at 10 in the 3rd quarter, as Demario Davis was beat on a trick play and Williams was beat by DeAndre Hopkins. In the first half, Hopkins scorched Darrelle Revis for a 61 yard touchdown. We haven’t seen Revis beat like that since 2010 when Randy Moss ran by him.

They did a poor job adjusting to Houston’s Wildcat wrinkle (seriously) and should have been quicker to give Revis help with Hopkins. There is no question this team wasn’t just out executed today but also out coached. The growing pains have continued for Todd Bowles and his staff in his rookie year after a hot start out of the gate.

This is the time of the season that many fans want everybody to go: Fire The Coach. Fire The Offensive Coordinator. Bench The Quarterback. Start Tanking for the NFL Draft. The draft picks are all busts. They’d win games if they had a kick returner.

Unfortunately, the Jets are basically trending to be the 8-8 or 7-9 team many of us picked them to be. They were 4-12 last year and are starting a quarterback who has never led a team to more than 8 wins in over a decade as a NFL player. The mediocrity of the AFC and fast start opened up more potential but basically they are regressing to the mean of a team who is below average at offensive line, tight end, linebacker and no better than average at quarterback. This team isn’t good enough to win with injuries and when their top tier players aren’t playing like top tier players.

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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