What a waste of a Sunday we had watching our Jets get ABSOLUTELY man handled by a team that averaged around 10 points a game so far this year with a quarterback (Matt Barkley) who has been on the team for 11 days, yeah that’s right – 11 DAYS! The Jets took the field Sunday and looked flat, unprepared and for the first time like a team that just gave up, flat and unprepared though – shocker. This loss right here has sealed Todd Bowles fate who wont be fired until seasons end, at this point who cares – we all know he’s out of here this way or another. The Jets defense played with zero passion almost as if after last weeks game against the Miami Dolphins was the straw that broke their backs and the offense – well they continued to be atrocious, going 1-12 on third downs – pretty amazing.
Since 2015 this team under Todd Bowles has been an absolute nightmare, this era of Jets football will be right there with the Rich Kotite days we had to suffer through during the early 90’s. I said this earlier in the year and I will say it again, Todd Bowles gave us a sneak preview into what his tenure was going to be like when his team was unprepared and outplayed against Buffalo week 16 of the 2015 season. All he needed to do was get his team ready to win one game, one game! Which would have allowed them the chance to get into the playoffs and at the point anything is possible, but no the Jets were smacked in the mouth by their former coach and knocked out of the playoff race. We didn’t know then, but that was a warning sign for all of us.
Week 10 Observations
- Oh the offense is an absolute joke and it starts with Jeremy Bates, who this past week expressed how he wanted to be more “aggressive” and explosive with the offense. Give me a break? aggressive? I literally sit and watch these games and call out the play type every drive this team has, I mean If I can predict what’s about to happen I can’t even imagine the field day these defensive coordinators are having when they prepare for the Jets. Josh McCown looked every bit like a quarterback who hasn’t started a single game since the end of last year, essentially sitting out the entire training camp leading up to this season. The offensive line isn’t good at all, they either get embarrassingly beat off the ball or commit a penalty as a result of getting beat off the ball. Pencil this position group at the top of the list with edge rusher and skill position players as a group that needs to be completely renovated. When Sam Darnold comes back after the bye, all I am looking for from him is to stay healthy most importantly and be smarter with his reads resulting in less turnovers. As long as he does that for the remainder of this season while keeping himself safe, I’ll be totally fine with that.
- The defense didn’t show up either and I mean after their all or nothing performance last week that resulted in a gut wrenching loss against the Dolphins, I don’t blame them. I do blame them for their post game comments in support of coach Bowles after they gave that kind of a performance. How in the hell can you talk as if you “love” and will “ride or die” with Todd Bowles and then give that same coach the performance you just did. Give me a break with this unit, they are just an under performing group that carries themselves as if they are one of the top defenses in the league – and they aren’t even close. The Buffalo Bills controlled the ball for 45 minutes for the entire game, 45 minutes! Between the offense delivering another performance that took them out of the game after the first three drives and the defense showing no passion or fight, this game was over right away.
All of this that I just wrote leaves me extremely frustrated as someone who dedicates a good amount of their life to this team. Whether it be writing about them like this on my site, tweeting throughout a majority of my days with fellow fans or watching them all day at my home or going to the stadium – this is all incredibly deflating. There will be some changes coming to this team as this season comes to an end, coaches will be fired and players will be let go. For the first time in a long time I hope this teams management makes the right decisions bringing in football people who can take this team where we so desperately want to be.
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According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News there were multiple starters not participating in practice today. Quarterback Sam Darnold headlines the list as he continues to heal up after suffering a foot strain against Miami last week. Coach Todd Bowles did indeed rule out the QB during his post practice press conference with the media, giving Josh McCown the start this weekend. One positive is Bowles did state Sam Darnold will be the starter as soon as he is healthy again, hopefully coming into week 12 against the New England Patriots after the bye week – I’m really looking forward to see Darnold in that match-up. The other starters who missed practice were wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson, (C) Spencer Long and (DL) Steve McLendon, I do expect these guys to play this week regardless. One person we could see back after missing the last five games is cornerback Trumaine Johnson who spoke with Brian Costello of the NY Post and said he “expects” to be back this week – that’ll be good to see him back out there in the secondary.
This was definitely an interesting week with the Sam Darnold foot injury creating a ton of buzz among Jets fans, as to whether this is a benching cover up or if he is actually hurt. Needless to say Todd Bowles made me feel a little bit better by stating Sam Darnold is “our quarterback” and will be the starter again once he is back healthy – thank god! Benching Sam for McCown at this point in the season would be the most ridiculous decision ever, but hey this is Todd Bowles we’re talking about – he’s handled this situation a little oddly from the beginning. Give Darnold the two weeks to rest up and get him back in there for our show down against the Patriots coming out of the bye week.
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According to the New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was held out of Wednesday’s practice with a foot sprain, he was seen walking around practice with a walking boot on his right foot. Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports he will be out this Sunday against the Bills and will be reevaluated after next weeks bye to determine his status for their week 12 match-up against the Patriots. This is unfortunate for the rookie quarterback who is coming off his worst game this year against the Dolphins last week, throwing 4 interceptions in a 13-6 loss.
This news isn’t freaking me out like some of the Jets fans I am seeing on social media, the kid has a banged up foot and with a sloppy game against Buffalo coming up behind this offensive line in this stagnant offense – I’m perfectly okay with letting Sam sit and heal up. This 2018 season is all about Sam’s experience and getting him acclimated as an NFL starting quarterback, he can’t do that if he hurts his foot even more this week and misses a significant amount of time. With the bye week coming up next week this allows two weeks for Sam to sit and heal while watching from the sideline this week, he’ll be back ready to go against the Patriots in week 12 – that’s just my opinion though.
For all the fans out there who are clamoring for Todd Bowles to be fired, think about this for a second. So our rookie quarterback is out this week against a bad Bills team that’s coming to town, imagine the Bills come here and beat the Jets without the excuse of having a rookie quarterback playing. Another bad loss this weekend against the Bills will sure as hell be the end of Bowles, because in my opinion I’m still scared that this front office will bring him back for the 2019 season. If that’s the case then I am fairly concerned with how Sam Darnold will continue to progress being around this staff, but we’ll save that talk for another time. Sam is banged up, it happens guys – he’ll be back.
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That’s about it for the Todd Bowles era here in New York, the performance of his team down in Miami yesterday officially was the nail in the coffin. I mean when I watch this guy on the sideline I couldn’t feel less confident in a human being, did anyone see him react to the decision of sending Jason Myers out for a field goal to make it 13-6? The guy was literally screaming looking back and forth as if he was looking for approval from anyone who has a clue. Everyone is fed up with this nonsense that has been going on with this organization for the past 5 years, Christopher Johnson stated at the beginning of the year he needed to see obvious progression – that’s the last thing we’ve seen this year and changes need to be made because of it. We have reached a point in the season where all we need is Sam Darnold to stay healthy and not develop bad habits because this coaching staff has ZERO idea what to do with our potential franchise quarterback. This season is over and the sun has finally set on Todd Bowles as we will sadly have to ride out the remainder of this season with him at the helm.
Week 9 Observations:
- This offense is an absolute joke, it’s such a joke I don’t even know where to begin here. Jeremy Bates!? where in the hell is the creativity to your system, how many times do I have to watch two guys run routes on a play call – TWO guys! Oh and if neither of these guys gets open Darnold is supposed to go where with the football? This is absolutely inexcusable in today’s NFL where teams are going up and down the field with ease, while the Jets dont get a first down until the 3rd quarter!? Chris Herndon, Trenton Cannon, Eli McGuire, Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa need to be featured in this offense all over the freaking place. Get the ball in your best and fastest players hands and lets see what we can do, I mean isn’t that the name of the game? Putting the ball in your play-makers hands giving them the chance to score your team points to ultimately win football games – hello? The fact that I need to sit and watch this offense for another 7 weeks make me physically ill. Keep yourself healthy Sam, please.
- What else does this defense need to do this season, granted they aren’t one of the best defenses in the league but they have kept this team in every game except against the Jacksonville Jaguars. You know what is out of control? Is the Jets offense gave up more points then the actual defense! That is unreal. I mean If I was busting my butt on the defensive side of the ball and had to continue to watch the offense go out there and lose us game I’d be absolutely livid. When you start hearing your best player and team leader in Jamal Adams saying things like “enough is enough” and “I’m sick of losing” that’s when you have to start worrying about this coach losing his team. I don’t give a damn what culture this coach has been building, it results in losses and clearly needs to change. I’ve said this time and time again this year, get this defense a legit edge rusher and secondary depth in the offseason and they will continue to take steps in the right direction.
- I couldn’t feel worse for a player then how I feel for Sam Darnold, give the kid a freaking break! Between catching snaps over his head and at his feet, its effecting the reads he gets on a defense because he’s too worried about where the snap is going to be – so his timing is all sorts of off. His receivers are either not hustling, yeah I’m looking at you Jermaine Kearse the way you’re running your routes I can man you up and I couldn’t be more serious about that or they’re being completely locked down because they just aren’t that good. People are saying the Jets should sit him, I think that idea is BS – keep him out there as long as he is not getting pummeled. He’ll work through this and gain some experience he will not get from sitting on the sideline. He will be able to exhale as this season progresses because the games will start to mean less and less, Darnold will welcome a new system next year along with better offensive talent around him.
The Jets are in somewhat of a good spot moving forward here, not necessarily this year – at all. But the 100+ million in cap space, the high draft pick, Sam Darnold and the ability to bring in a new offensive minded coach will all be positive moves for this franchise – just look at LA and Chicago. As frustrating as this year has become after such a promising start in Detroit, just continue to ride it out and know the end of this coaching regimes era is right on the door step.
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According to the New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire and safety Rontez Miles have been activated to the 53 man roster from the short term IR. In order for these moves to be made the Jets waived safety Ibraheim Campbell and running back De’Angelo Henderson, I expect one of these guys to revert back to the practice squad – probably Henderson as he’s been there for the majority of the season already.
These moves aren’t going to automatically turn around our season but they will definitely bring a boost to a roster that has been dealing with their share of injuries so far. Elijah will be welcomed into the backfield as he, Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon will get their chances to pick up the slack after Bilal Powell’s season ending neck injury. I am really looking forward to seeing what McGuire and Cannon can do with the ball when they are given their chances. You have to envision Rontez Miles being inserted back into a full time role on all special teams units and will rotate in on defense when the Jets show certain looks or if a player needs a spell. I am a big fan of both these players who will finally debut this week and look to help this team string along some wins for the remainder of the season.
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According to the New York Jets there were some notable names at today’s practice who were back on a limited basis, did not practice at all or were a full participant. It looks as if (C) Spencer Long will be ready to come back this week after missing last weeks games against the game Bears as he was dealing with a finger and ankle issue. As long as his finger is healed up and it won’t effect his snaps out of the shotgun then I am happy for his return. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson who has missed the last several weeks due to a quad injury returned to practice last week and participated today on a limited basis, I’m becoming more and more confident we will be seeing Johnson soon – hopefully this week. As for receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson they both were in helmets and pads but did not practice, Anderson wasn’t at practice at all yesterday while Enunwa was in there with full gear. Their status for Sunday’s game is definitely in question, I am holding out hope that at least one of these guys can come back and help this offense find a rhythm. The Jets are a banged up football team right now coming into two very winnable games before their bye week. If the Jets can simultaneously get healthy and win two games in a row before the bye I will have the most confidence in this team then I’ve had at any point so far this season.
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Another Sunday another bad loss from the Jets against a Bears team that was banged up as well, but the Jets decided to continue to play undisciplined football leading to about 85 yards of offense through the first three quarters. I mean I’m already exhausted from thinking of what needs to be done for this team moving forward. Listen I get it players are hurt and we have a rookie QB, it sounds like a broken record at this point. But I really dont know how many losses I can go through watching a team that constantly shoots themselves in the foot from boneheaded plays to penalties that kill drives. The Jets defense kept this team in the game for far much longer then they deserved to be in, kind of similar to last week against the Vikings. Of course until the Jets pull a nice touchdown drive out of their butts the defense follows it up by getting shredded by the Bears offense leading to another score. This Jets team is not good, they have limited talent and a coaching staff that is running out of time one week at a time.
Week 8 Observations:
- Uhm well the offense was terrible, there is no other way to really say it. Jeremy Bates leaves me more and more confused on a weekly basis, the vanilla offense and predictable play calls are exhausting to watch at this point. When the Jets offense takes the field I literally feel physical pain, my stomach drops and begin to feel anxiety. The Jets decided to not feature TE Chris Herndon at all in the offense other than his third touchdown in as many weeks, the only touchdown scored by the Jets yesterday. The running attack was non-existent and so predictable that the Bears could have called their defensive game with their eyes closed. The Jets so desperately need an innovative offensive minded head coach that can come in here and implement his offense that will put some of these guys and obviously new players in positions to succeed. But that wont happen until the Jets decide to let coach Todd Bowles walk at the end of the season, hopefully.
- The defense did what the defense usually does, they keep us in the game for about three and a half quarters until they need to make a legitimate stop or they are just too gassed to continue to play at the high level they start off playing at. Once they got into a rhythm against Mitch Trubisky and applied some pressure on him they were getting off the field on third downs but then were right back on the field because like I said above, the offense was terrible. If this defense can obtain a few more talented pieces and play with an offense that puts up points there is no telling just how good the Jets can finally become. This unit will continue to keep games close until they can’t and at this point I’m not sure Bowles can retain his job without his defense actually winning games for this team as well.
All this losing is becoming tiring and frustrating all at the same time, I sit and watch these Jets games and become amazed at the inept things this team continues to do to loose. I never like to get caught up in firing a coach, especially at this point in the season because it makes the season even harder then it already is. But with a young rookie quarterback this franchise needs to be aggressive in its search for an offensive minded head coach to pair with Sam Darnold. The NFL game is changing as we all know, just watch the Chiefs and Rams – the Jets need to bring in a coach and players that will eventually get them into the same conversations as the two teams just mentioned.
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According to the NY Jets injury report It looks like (S) Marcus Maye, (CB) Buster Skrine and (LB) Kevin Pierre-Louis were all limited at practice and are TBD for this Sundays match-up against the Bears. (C) Spencer Long, (WR’s) Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa as well as (CB) Trumaine Johnson all did not practice today – with Todd Bowles later reiterating that Quincy will not play this Sunday making it two weeks in a row for him. I do not envision Johnson and Long playing this weekend making this the third straight game for Trumaine Johnson and Spencer Longs first missed game of the year. I do anticipate Robby Anderson playing this Sunday even though he was held from practice today. If I had to guess Trumaine Johnson should be back next week against the Dolphins making this week kind of like a “get back in shape” week, as for Spencer Long we’ll have to wait and see how serious his lower leg injury is. The Jets are definitely a banged up team this year especially after losing Bilal Powell for the season this week – it’s time for players at certain positions (Trenton Cannon and Elijah McGuire) to step up and fill some shoes while guys get healthy.
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According to Field Yates, WR Brice Butler had a visit with the Jets yesterday. It looks as if the Jets are still exploring the receiver market even with the signing of Rishard Matthews this week. I don’t blame the Jets for exploring more options as Quincy Enunwa will be out this week again and Robby Anderson dealing with a tweaked ankle. Brice Butler would be another low key signing that could help the offense stay afloat until Quincy is back in the mix. We should all fully anticipate another receiver being brought in via a signing or a trade, something to keep an eye on over the next few days.
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According to Adam Schefter, the Jets are signing WR Rishard Matthews – who was at the Jets facilities last week for a workout. The terms of his deal aren’t known yet but I’d have to imagine this a one year deal. This move needed to happen considering the shape the Jets receiving core is in, Quincy Enunwa will be out another week or two with his high ankle sprain and we released Terrelle Pryor last weekend. Matthews will come in and immediately be a part of this offense, as he should be – once Q returns I still believe Matthews should be involved in some type of role moving forward. It is important to keep the talent around Sam Darnold the best it could be for the remainder of this season, then we can go shopping for different play makers to plug in to round out this unit. All in all I am happy the Jets made this move and brought Matthews in.
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