Initial Reaction – The New York Jets Tire Fire

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts

The New York Jets embarrassed themselves for the second time this season on Monday Night Football, losing to the Indianapolis Colts 41-10. This was a gutless, no show in front of an empty stadium, fully completing the circle back to where this team was two years ago. There is nothing positive to say about what transpired tonight, so let’s rip everybody! 

This was the type of game that gets coaching staffs fired, from top to bottom. The team was unprepared, undisciplined, lethargic and 1,400 other negative adjectives I can’t think of right now. There is no defense for the level of effort they put forth and while it may seem hyperbolic after only 28 games, Todd Bowles put himself directly on the hot seat with that type of game on national television. It almost looks like the team quit on him for continuing to start Ryan Fitzpatrick, Darrelle Revis and Muhammad Wilkerson with zero accountability.

Yes, the Jets fearless leaders all picked up where they left off, the rest of this season. Fitzpatrick blindly throwing into coverage without a care in the world…Revis getting cooked up and down the field by every receiver imaginable and Wilkerson getting stonewalled by a mediocre offensive line until he started flexing on them with some tackles on the second stringers down 41-10. How does a team not show up? Well, they see their veteran leaders skip the offseason, show up out of shape and regularly miss meetings and workouts…

Elsewhere, Mike Maccagnan has a roster that carries a 30 year old third string running back, four tight ends, no edge rushers, no depth and began the season with four quarterbacks. He paid Darrelle Revis and Muhammad Wilkerson contracts that may end up rivaling Mike Tannenbaum’s Santonio Holmes contract in infamy. This roster has no speed, no middle class and added limited to no talent this offseason. Tonight, they had their last two second round picks inactive, their 2016 fourth and fifth round picks on the bench and their 2015 4th round QB looking dreadful in relief duty. Yes, Bryce Petty should play going forward. He desperately needs as many reps as possible but it is not encouraging he went 11/25 with 2 INTs in 2 quarters against a prevent defense.

The Jets gave more touches to CJ Spiller than Bilal Powell tonight. They gave 10 more targets to Robby Anderson than Quincy Enunwa. This is a mess of awful football, player development and long term planning. The Jets deserved the empty building they got tonight and they deserve an empty stadium in two weeks, save for the 10,000 or so Dolphins fans who may show up.

This was a team of lethargic, mismanaged, poorly constructed quitters tonight, who deserved the embarrassing ass whipping they received.

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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