The Jets played like they wanted Todd Bowles gone
The Jets are supposed to be building something this season. At least that’s what we’ve been told. It wasn’t as much about wins and losses as it was about having a plan and showing promise. Ambivalence was supposed to be replaced with attitude, and being competitive in every game was to be a given. That was the plan.
We saw none of that in the Jets on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. Instead we saw an epic embarrassment; a 41-10 loss to the Bills, who started a quarterback who has been with the team only for two weeks.
“We definitely won the line of scrimmage and that set the tempo for the rest of the day,” said Bills quarterback Matt Barkley, who passed for 232 yards, two touchdowns and was sacked just once. “I felt like I had great protection the whole night.”
These weren’t the Same Old Jets. They were worse. And while the responsibility for this putrid performance stops at the desk of head coach Todd Bowles, it’s the players who ultimately disgraced the uniform on this day.
Bowles’ job is clearly on the line, and based on what his team put on the field, it’s hard to make a case for his return. But as the players head into their bye week, they should spend much of it deciding whether they want to be taken seriously as players and as a team.
“We definitely need to take time and evaluate everything,” defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. “Most of all look in the mirror as a players and coaches, look in the mirror and see what we can improve on.”
The players say they want Bowles to remain as their head coach. But if they really believe he is the man to lead them to success, they sure didn’t play like it against the Bills. The worst thing a team can do to a coach is look like it isn’t prepared mentally and physically. But that’s what the Jets looked like in what had to be one of the worst first halves in franchise history.
They gave up a 47-yard pass completion on the first play of the game and a 28-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy on the second. They were fooled on a fake punt and dropped passes and a potential interception.
It got worse in the second quarter. The Bills kicked a 54-yard field goal and then offensive lineman Dion Dawkins reported as an eligible receiver and ended a 9-play 64-yard drive by catching a touchdown pass. Somehow the 6-foot-5, 320-pounder went unnoticed as he slipped into the end zone and caught the first TD pass of his career, a 7-yard toss from Barkley.
“We wanted a certain look and we got that look,” said Barkley, who signed with the Bills on Oct. 30 and made his first start since 2016 with the Bears. “He just popped open. He looked like a tight end out there.”
By then it was 24-0 and eventually 31-3 at halftime. If the Jets had any heart, they would have come out strong in the third quarter; play for pride; play for their coach. Instead, there were plenty of other ugly moments — like three holding penalties on one play and a 30-yard punt that gave the Bills the ball at the Buffalo 40.
“Once they started to jump on us, they didn’t let up and we didn’t get back into the game,” Williams said.
At 3-7, the Jets must win their final six games to have any chance of making the playoffs. Right now, they must work on being competitive and not let this season regress to the point where a new coach has to start from absolute scratch.
“This is not the right time to start bickering and dividing the locker room,” Williams said. “We just have to stay together and just keep fighting.”
Same Old Jets? Worse.
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