Not many teams can say that, the New York Jets can.
After losing on Sunday to the Los Angeles Rams and seeing their record fall to 3-7 on the year, it’s obvious that 2016 has simply become a lost cause.
It’s a bitter pill to swallow to realize that your football season is over in mid-November, but that’s the reality.
It’s a season where just about everything has gone wrong.
It’s very easy to blame the regression of Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his play has certainly hurt the Jets in 2016, but their problems go well beyond the play of the quarterback.
The Jets were expected to have one of the best defenses in football. It was expected to be the strength of the football team.
The defense has turned out to be a major liability.
The Jets were counting on Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson to get after the quarterback, but instead they’ve been nothing but a problem for coach Todd Bowles.
The fact that both of these players were benched in a must-win game a few weeks ago against the Dolphins because of the fact that they were missing team meetings is totally unacceptable.
To make matters worse, the performance for Wilkerson has been very disappointing.
The Jets rewarded Wilkerson with a substantial contract extension in the offseason and their reward has been missed meetings, lackluster play and uneaten birthday cake.
Yes, the Jets staff brought in birthday cake for Muhammad Wilkerson and he didn’t show up.
The demise of the Jets pass rush has been a bitter disappointment, but there may no bigger disappointment than the play of star cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis was brought back to the Jets and has been paid to be a star lock-down corner, but instead he looks like a player who is way past his prime.
Week after week, Darrelle Revis gets torched by opposing wide receivers and doesn’t exactly look like a player who should be getting $39 million guaranteed.
The Jets did not pay big money for a player who told the Daily News on Sunday “I’m old.”
Poor quarterback play and an underachieving and underwhelming defense will lead you to a meaningless December of football.
I get it Jets fans, it’s going to be very difficult to get into these final six games of the season unless you’re all-in on playing the role of spoiler.
It’s meaningless football, but in meaningless games, it’s time for the Jets to learn what they have in second-year quarterback Bryce Petty.
Petty made his first start against the Rams and didn’t exactly light the world on fire in a 9-6 loss, but it’s important for the Jets to see what they have in the youngster.
Is he a part of the future or not?
That’s what the rest of this season needs to be for Todd Bowles and company.
The coaching staff deserves blame for the mess of a 2016 season as well. The Jets have been an undisciplined football team, they haven’t made quality halftime adjustments and that’s on the head coach.
Even though the honeymoon is clearly over for Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan, they are both going to be back for the 2017 season.
The rest of this year needs to be about finding out what players will be joining them.
Not the game plan you expected at the start of the season, but when life gives you lemons, sometimes you gotta make lemonade.
Sorry Jets fans, I know, that lemonade is going to be awfully bitter.
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