It is clear that the NY Jets are not headed in the direction of what their preseason #10 power ranking suggested. Coming off a concussion protocol, Andrew luck diced through the Jets porous defenses to go 22/28, 278 yards and 4 TD’s enroute to a 41-10 trouncing of the hapless home team at MetLife.
If the defense weren’t bad enough, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense could not keep pace, as he went 5/12 for 81 yards and an interception that was the perfect ending to his season. No he did not get injured, he was simply replaced by Bryce Petty again. This time it was not due to injury but incompetence, the move that many Jets fans have been clamoring for all year since Ryan’s 6 interception game. Petty showed some signs of good and bad, going 11/25 for 135 yards, 2 interceptions and one nice touchdown toss downfield to his favorite target, Robbie Anderson. He still showed that he has a lot of work to do on many different plays, but after the game Todd Bowles finally announced that it will be Petty who will finish out the season, not Fitzpatrick.
This move is still not a clear indication that the Jets are tanking. However, the players effort level, focus, and intensity were not swayed even by Bowles’ rare show of emotion on the sidelines. One has to question whether they truly do not care if they lose anymore. Having been mathematically eliminated from any chance to get to a Super Bowl, many would say that winning any more games only hurts their chances at a higher draft pick and guaranteeing they can get someone like Jabrill Peppers who can help the Jets in multiple ways, which is exactly what they need. Since there is no clear NFL ready college quarterback available, Jets fans are hoping that Petty can improve enough in the next 4 games in order to make the draft process and next year’s rebuild easier.
But with the NY Jets nothing is ever easy, so time will tell how the players will pan out, and if Bowles’ job is at stake, or if this is exactly what the organization has decided to do.