The Jets are horrible. And a year after having an offense that managed to hold its own thanks to a breakout season by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Jets are at rock bottom — a 1-5 record with the league’s worst offense, averaging just 15.8 points a game after their latest Monday Night debacle.
Wondering why the Jets front office was slow to reach an extension with Fitzpatrick, who threw 31 touchdown passes last season, far and away a career high? You shouldn’t be now.
Because Fitz has been awful, two touchdowns and 10 ints over his last four games as the New York nose dive continues. And a four-game free fall reopens a door nobody in New York wants to walk through: Going to Geno Smith.
But Todd Bowles went to Geno in relief last night — and he did what Geno does: Complete a few short throws, burn a timeout when he didn’t notice the play clock running out, then get picked by the Honey Badger.
And then postgame, Geno went Geno — pulling out his “competitor card,” seemingly forgetting that he’s Geno Smith and thinking that it’s actually his time now:
How bad do the Jets have it? How tough is Todd Bowles job right now? Because a year after winning 10 games, he’ll be lucky if he can win half of that. Because he’s got a run game that’s disappeared, a defense that can’t stop anyone, two quarterbacks that nobody wants, and the options behind Fitz and Geno are third-stringer Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg.
Could you imagine if you were coaching for your professional life and your choices were Pick-chucking Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Freaking Smith?
I can’t think of a worse professional option. I’d rather run across the 405 at night than try to win with that QB depth chart. But at last Geno handled himself the professional cool we’ve come to expect from him, throwing his hat and a cup of ice on the field when Fitzpatrick split the numbers of yet another defender. Nothing says team and I lead from the front like that. Well other than getting your face broken by a teammate when you were the starter.
Adam Schefter reported that owner Woody Johnson was frustrated and upset by the team’s slow start. And that was before last night’s train wreck. Because if Woody was pissed BEFORE that game, somebody better check to see if the guy is still breathing.
That’s was Varsity vs. JV last night. That was big brother picking on little brother. That was a Jets offense that had no business being on the field versus a Arizona attack that’s finding its footing behind David Johnson.
A year ago everything seemed to go right, and now it’s all going wrong in New York. Their stars are aging out… The offensive line is falling apart and Eric Decker’s absence makes it easier to shutdown Brandon Marshall. And the defense, thought to be the strength of the team, can’t get off the field.
Circle the date: October 30th. Because the Jets are going to Cleveland and Hue Jackson has to be licking his chops. If this was high school, the Browns would make this their homecoming game, as that’s the only winnable game on their schedule. As for the Jets, it’s miracle this crew even won a game.