The New York Jets lost a game on Sunday in which their opponent, the Miami Dolphins, did not score an offensive touchdown and only picked up seven first downs.
Losing a game when your opponent only picks up seven first downs on the day? Trust me, that’s really hard to do.
The Jets failed to generate any offense against a team that was destroyed defensively for three straight weeks.
The matchup against the Miami Dolphins defense should have been made-to-order.
Instead, it was the Jets making the Dolphins defense look like the vaunted “No Name Defense” of the 1970’s.
Sunday was the sort of effort that makes you question a whole lot about the direction of the franchise.
The Jets are now a 3-6 team, and the idea of meaningful football in late November and December has gone by the wayside.
Now make no mistake, I did not expect the Jets, with a rookie quarterback, to be a team that was in contention down the stretch of this season.
The talent on this roster is not good enough, and when you’re starting a rookie quarterback there are going to be growing – and throwing - pains.
The problem I have is that it’s pretty obvious to me that rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is not being put in the proper position to succeed.
Did Darnold play well against the Dolphins on Sunday?
Absolutely not. He threw four interceptions and could not find a groove all game.
However, when your play calling is predictable, you don’t have elite-level playmakers, and you have an injured center that is incapable of snapping the football properly, what can you honestly expect?
For the Jets on Sunday to only muster up six points is an embarrassment and a disgrace.
The Jets should not consider the idea of benching Sam Darnold. This season is about Sam Darnold taking his lumps, learning on the job, and getting better for years to come.
The minute you decided to start Sam Darnold in Week 1, you made it clear that the franchise is his.
The Jets have reached a point where it is obvious they don’t have the right coach long term.
Todd Bowles is a good man, but the record and the look of the football team over the last three seasons tell the story.
In a league where offensive innovation has become more important than ever, the Jets need a head coach who will maximize the talents of their young quarterback.
The NFL is a copycat league, and when it comes to coaching hires the league is headed in an offensive direction.
Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Mitchell Trubisky are examples of young quarterbacks who have benefited tremendously by working with a top-flight offensive coach.
Sunday’s putrid offensive effort was yet another example of why a change of direction in the offseason is becoming more and more of a necessity.
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• Tampa Bay -3
• Green Bay -9.5
• NY Jets -7.5
• Jaguars +2.5
• Bengals +5