I know Saturday night did not look all that good as the Jets got throttled in the second half by the Dolphins, ultimately losing 34-13. That is what happens when you have a 4-9 team going in and they are playing out the string trying to figure out what they have in second year signal caller Bryce Petty.
With that being said, Jets fans need to calm down and relax. Yes, this season turned out to be a disaster. They are a 4-10 football team with two weeks to go in the regular season.
But let’s take a look at the bigger picture and what has transpired in the the last three-plus months. The clock struck midnight on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and has not even closely resembled the 31-touchdown signal caller from 2015. The offensive line has struggled and the replacement for D’Brickashaw Ferguson at left tackle proved to be nothing of the sort. The defensive unit was expected to be a top five unit and they have not come close to that. Instead of dominating headlines with dominant defensive performances, they dominated the headlines with stories of missed meetings, players being benched and missed birthday celebrations. In other words, this season has seemed to turn into everything else other than just football.
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When should the Jets transition to Bryce Petty at quarterback? Why are they still playing Ryan Fitzpatrick?
Should they move Darrelle Revis to safety?
Why hasn’t Richardson, Wilkerson and Williams worked along the defensive line to make it a dominant group?
Has head coach Todd Bowles lost the locker room?
Now, you can throw in Sheldon Richardson’s Snapchat, which Todd Bowles called unacceptable.
I get it, the Jets were embarrassed Saturday night, again on national TV by the Dolphins, one of their oldest rivals. Throw the Dolphins game in with the Colts and Cardinals games this season, when the Jets haven't exactly shown that their product is readily watchable.
Giants co-owner John Mara said it best, “It’s having the patience to stay with them when things aren’t going so well, and also to have an organization that produces talent that allows [those coaches] to win.”
On Jan. 2, Black Monday will hit the coaching fraternity in the National Football League. It is the day when pink slips are handed out and coaching staffs are weighed and measured by the record they have tabulated during their tenure.
I am not going to defend every coaching decision that Todd Bowles has made in his nearly two years at the helm. After the loss on Saturday night, he said himself that all the blame falls on him. It does, but this season should not be the last that he leads the green and white.
Two short seasons is not enough to determine that Bowles is not the right man for the job, especially when GM Mike Maccagnan has tried to rebuild this roster and keep the team relevant. It worked last season as the Jets were playing for a playoff spot in Week 17 in Orchard Park. It has failed miserably in 2016. I think the only highlights so far this season from the Jets are Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa and Bilal Powell. That is it. Everyone else has basically been average or flat out bad.
How can you possibly expect a coach to win when he has started three different quarterbacks over the course of a season? You can’t and you shouldn’t expect much.
To judge Bowles as a coach based on this season would be a mistake, just as you can’t judge him based on his first year.
I do know this: He has to improve as a coach, just as the roster needs to be improved. After all, talent wins more often than not and you can’t exactly look at this Jets roster and feel they are one of the most gifted teams in the NFL.
Look at the teams that have been the most successful in the NFL over time. The Giants and the Steelers are perfect examples. They remain patient and stay the course. An organization that is in a constant state of change and direction does not bring about success, it brings about failure.
The Jets need to stay the course and Todd Bowles should continue to be the coach of this team next season.