The Jets lost 34-13 and were outscored 21-3 in the second half. Enough said.
It was the second consecutive prime time game that was a complete meltdown, and the sort of performance that in a lost season will certainly raise questions about the future of general manager Mike Maccagan and head coach Todd Bowles.
I understand the frustration, 2016 has been a lost season, but I think Jets fans need to see the bigger picture.
This year has been a sad failure of a season across the board, but let’s not forget that only a season ago Todd Bowles was the coach of a team that won 10 games. Yes, the same team that GM Mike Maccagnan put together.
These guys didn’t become stupid overnight.
The roster has underperformed from top to bottom, but what makes matters worse is the idea that your top players all regressed in significant ways.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall, Muhammad Wilkerson and Darelle Revis all significantly underperformed compared to what they gave the team a season ago.
That’s supposed to be the fault of Todd Bowles? Mike Maccagnan is supposed to assume regression from all of his key pieces from a season ago?
The focus usually comes front and center for the head coach when the proverbial you-know-what is about to hit the fan.
That’s par for the course in the NFL, and of course there are plenty of critiques I have about the job Bowles has done in his second season at the helm as Jets coach.
He’s done a terrible job of making adjustments after the half, his management in games leaves a lot to be desired, and he hasn’t gotten the most out of his team.
All fair, but he won ten games a season ago. That cannot be overlooked.
The worst thing that can happen to the Jets is developing a reputation around the league that your job situation in the front office and on the field is a toxic work environment and an un-winnable place to be.
The Jets should not want to have the same reputation the lowly Cleveland Browns have had for years. Coaches and executives have avoided the Cleveland Browns organization like the plague.
Who could blame them? Two bad seasons, sometimes even one bad season, and they’re looking to blow the entire operation up.
If you are a Jets fan, ask yourself this question, if the team is going to fire it’s head coach and general manager, what is your plan moving forward?
There’s no clear alternative. That’s the problem.
It’s not like Jim Harbaugh or Jon Gruden is walking through that door.
Despite the dumpster fire of a 2016 season, it’s very important to preach patience with both your head coach and general manager.
Let them prove they can handle adversity. Let them prove they can bounce back. Let them prove they can revamp, retool and adjust the roster and get the Jets back to winning ways.
If we’re having this conversation a year from now, all bets are off.
In the meantime, know that in keeping both Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles in place, you avoid the reputation of being the Cleveland Browns.
It’s not much, but it’s the holiday season, and I have to try to give a lowly Jets fan something!
And after this season, trust me, it’s very tough to do.
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