Initial Reaction – Mediocre New York Jets Compiling Losses

Joe Caporoso with an initial reaction to the New York Jets 31-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

The New York Jets season continued to swirl down the toilet today with a 31-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is a poorly coached, overrated football team who has no business being in the AFC playoff discussion. They have not looked like they belong on the same field with true contenders like Seattle, Kansas City and now Pittsburgh…

Let’s start with Todd Bowles, who has went from a promising rookie year to coaching too conservatively to flat out coaching stupidly. The decision to punt down 11 points on 4th and short from midfield with under 8 minutes left was inexplicably bad. Bowles is continuing to coach like the Jets do not have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, which they do. This is a team who cannot stop anybody, cannot pressure the quarterback and cannot create any big plays. The game planning is subpar. The game management is subpar. This a team who plays scared and not to lose, while rapidly compiling losses.

The Jets defensive line remains one of the league’s most overhyped and overrated units. They have been a non factor the past three weeks against a collection of poor to average offensive lines. It has remained foolish to concentrate so many resources on players with nearly identical skill-sets. You are not getting the most out of Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams by having all of them on the roster together. There is too much redundancy and not enough speed off the edge. This is a unit that is talked about as one of the league’s best but is consistently a non-factor.

Offensively, it is a problem that today will be looked at as a “good” game for Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Look past the 25/38 for 255 yards and one TD box score. The Jets scored 13 points. They have 7 second half points over the past 3 games and it came on a fluke fumble recovery. The Jets completed nothing down the field, missed open receivers and their only touchdown should have been intercepted but was saved by a great play from Brandon Marshall. This is not good quarterbacking and until the Jets set their standards higher, they are going nowhere.

This is an offense that cannot create any explosive plays and is underusing one of their most explosive players, Bilal Powell. Everybody is excited about young receivers like Robby Anderson and Charone Peake but they can’t be used to their skill set because of the quarterback. All this team can complete is screens, back shoulder fades and intermediate crossing routes. It is predictable and easy to defend.

Bad teams mismanage the game and play conservatively. Bad teams have a 70M CB who can’t stay healthy and isn’t productive when healthy. Bad teams concentrate all their talent on a position of limited impact instead of spreading resources around. Bad teams overpay for mediocrity at quarterback, while keeping two others inactive each week.

The Jets are one of the worst teams in football right now until they prove they can win a game they are not supposed to, they do not deserve the benefit of the doubt.

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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