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Week 1 Report Card: Jets @ Bills L 21-12

 


 

Quarterback: C+

Josh McCown: 26/39 187 yards, 0 TD 2 INT, 1 Rush TD

No surprises here, the Jets’ offense looked in over their heads. Give McCown credit for taking care of the ball until the fourth quarter when the offense had to take risks. Questionable play calling, and disconnect on the deep ball doomed the offense from the start. McCown was the ultimate game manager, and was efficient at dinking and dunking against the Bills’ defense, but threw two interceptions late in the game to seal the Jets’ fate.

Running back: D

Bilal Powell: 7 rushes for 22 yards, 5 receptions for 17 yards

Matt Forte: 6 rushes for 16 yards, 3 receptions for 20 yards

The near complete lack of production from the running back position can’t be strictly blamed on Powell and Forte. While the Jets should be relying heavily on their running backs, they were nearly phased out of the game by offensive coordinator John Morton. The offensive line struggled to open holes in the run game as well to put it mildly. Forte had two dropped passes, and looked like an aging running back. Powell didn’t touch the football until the end of the first half.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: C+

Jermaine Kearse: 7 receptions for 59 yards

Robby Anderson: 4 receptions for 22 yards

Will Tye: 3 receptions for 34 yards

Eric Tomlinson: 2 receptions for 25 yards

Ardarius Stewart: 2 receptions for 10 yards

Newly acquired wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was one of the few bright spots from today’s game. Other than Kearse, inexperience and lack of talent was abundant. Curiously, the Jets chose to put Jeremy Kerley on the inactives list. Kerley is arguably their second or third best receiver, and could have made a difference. Tye and Tomlinson each had a big catch, but were shaky at best when it came to blocking. Anderson almost wrestled an interception away from a Bills’ defender on a crucial drive in the fourth quarter, but the officials weren’t impressed.

Offensive Line: D-

The offensive line struggled all game and looked completely out of sync. While Josh McCown was only sacked once, he was constantly under pressure and rarely had time to sit back in the pocket. It’s possible John Morton abandoned the running game due to the fact that the line was getting bull rushed almost every play, and couldn’t open any holes for the running backs. This unit needs some serious work.

Defensive Line: C-

Other than one batted pass, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams were virtually invisible. Williams was taken out of the game multiple times and replaced by Claude Pelon, possibly due to the wrist injury he sustained in the preseason. The defense allowed LeSean McCoy to rush for 110 yards alone, with Mike Tolbert adding 42 yards as well. The defensive line looked suspect, and struggled to contain Tyrod Taylor.

Linebacker: C+

Darron Lee and Josh Martin had decent outings while Demario Davis and Jordan Jenkins struggled. Martin was effective off the edge, generating half a sack and three tackles for a loss. Lee had half a sack, a tackle for a loss, and a pass defense. Davis gave up a big pass play and struggled in coverage, while Jenkins didn’t generate any pass rush. The linebacking core was mediocre today.

Secondary: C

Ascending cornerback Juston Burris had an interception in the end zone to prevent the Bills from scoring on their opening drive. The pass was thrown behind the intended receiver, Charles Clay, but Burris did well to make the catch regardless. Jamal Adams had a couple of big tackles, showing that he’s improving in that area. Other than that, Skrine and Claiborne were manhandled by the Bills’ receivers. The worst moment was Skrine conceding a 47-yard pass to Jordan Matthews.

Special Teams: B

Chandler Catanzaro was 2/2 on field goal attempts nailing both tries from 48-yards and 52-yards. Lachlan Edwards had a solid outing other than one shanked punt. Other than that, he averaged 50 yards a punt with a long of 58 yards. Kick/punt returner Kalif Raymond fumbled twice, but recovered both times. On the positive side, he had a 25-yard punt return that gave the Jets good field position.

Coaching: D-

Head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator John Morton played extremely conservative most of the game, and made some confusing decisions. If it weren’t for Bowles electing to go for it on 4th & Goal to get the Jets’ lone touchdown, this would have been an F grade. Down 7 to 6 with 30 second left in the half and three timeouts, Bowles decided to take a knee instead of attempting to get into field goal range to take the lead. Then, in the fourth quarter, Bowles elected to punt on fourth down with only a few minutes left on the clock down 21-12. John Morton’s play calling was too conservative, and didn’t give the offense much of a chance. If the decision making was better, this could have been a closer game despite the Jets being outplayed in most areas.

Overall Grade: D+

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Those are some seriously generous grades, 

Bowles is at best a F. But really an F-. Completely brain dead game plan on both sides of the ball, no second half adjustments, no feel for the game or situational awareness at all. Sad thing is that this is the type of team Bowles wants to field. The offense looked exactly like last years just different names.  It is almost impossible to win a game with what they did on offense today. It was exactly the same offense Hack ran in his first start, and we thought it was just to give Hack a chance. No, its our offense. Literally. The conspiracy theorist in me almost thinks Bowles sabotaged Hack after that performance so he could start the veteran loser. And McClown looked exactly like Fitz 2.0. D at best. No one can tell me that Petty would not look at least as good. Sad thing is that we will be even easier to defend next week.

 

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The only thing worse than these players' bad grades is the knowledge that they're also very generous.

Darron Lee didn't seem to have a decent outing. 

Burris is like our current version of Kerry Rhodes in a sense. He picks off a pass now and then, but never because he's doing a good job sticking with his man in coverage. It's either an errant pass underthrown or thrown behind the receiver by a couple of yards (where Burris was, after getting beat by his man) or the ball hits the receiver in the hands first before popping up into his waiting arms.

Claiborne was a worthwhile risk, but so far he looks nothing like a top 10 pick (which, on top of the injuries, is surely why Dallas gave up on him). I've sat on thick-padded recliners with less cushion than he gave (hiyoooo).

It's just their first games, but so far both of our safeties were pretty bad in coverage. 

If we played against a team with a serious pass attack, as we'll see soon enough, this would have been ugly. OK uglier.

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Hey, they didn't phone it in by halftime. They played hard and were competitive till early 4th quarter 

Let's  not forget that this  team is limited in both talent and experience. You can't turn water into wine.

Winning up in Buffalo today would have been a major defeat, long term wise.

On to next week  and the slaughter that is Oakland.

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I have to rewatch the game but the o-line held up well in pass blocking and PFF agrees putting up only 7 pressures allowed on McCown. His inability to take advantage of the time he was given was depressing to watch. 

I feel like our corners played fine and Burris in particular didn't give up anything. The Bills game planned to attack Maye and Adams or Lee and Davis. 

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2 hours ago, JetNation said:

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Week 1 Report Card: Jets @ Bills L 21-12

 


 

Quarterback: C+

Josh McCown: 26/39 187 yards, 0 TD 2 INT, 1 Rush TD

No surprises here, the Jets’ offense looked in over their heads. Give McCown credit for taking care of the ball until the fourth quarter when the offense had to take risks. Questionable play calling, and disconnect on the deep ball doomed the offense from the start. McCown was the ultimate game manager, and was efficient at dinking and dunking against the Bills’ defense, but threw two interceptions late in the game to seal the Jets’ fate.

Running back: D

Bilal Powell: 7 rushes for 22 yards, 5 receptions for 17 yards

Matt Forte: 6 rushes for 16 yards, 3 receptions for 20 yards

The near complete lack of production from the running back position can’t be strictly blamed on Powell and Forte. While the Jets should be relying heavily on their running backs, they were nearly phased out of the game by offensive coordinator John Morton. The offensive line struggled to open holes in the run game as well to put it mildly. Forte had two dropped passes, and looked like an aging running back. Powell didn’t touch the football until the end of the first half.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: C+

Jermaine Kearse: 7 receptions for 59 yards

Robby Anderson: 4 receptions for 22 yards

Will Tye: 3 receptions for 34 yards

Eric Tomlinson: 2 receptions for 25 yards

Ardarius Stewart: 2 receptions for 10 yards

Newly acquired wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was one of the few bright spots from today’s game. Other than Kearse, inexperience and lack of talent was abundant. Curiously, the Jets chose to put Jeremy Kerley on the inactives list. Kerley is arguably their second or third best receiver, and could have made a difference. Tye and Tomlinson each had a big catch, but were shaky at best when it came to blocking. Anderson almost wrestled an interception away from a Bills’ defender on a crucial drive in the fourth quarter, but the officials weren’t impressed.

Offensive Line: D-

The offensive line struggled all game and looked completely out of sync. While Josh McCown was only sacked once, he was constantly under pressure and rarely had time to sit back in the pocket. It’s possible John Morton abandoned the running game due to the fact that the line was getting bull rushed almost every play, and couldn’t open any holes for the running backs. This unit needs some serious work.

Defensive Line: C-

Other than one batted pass, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams were virtually invisible. Williams was taken out of the game multiple times and replaced by Claude Pelon, possibly due to the wrist injury he sustained in the preseason. The defense allowed LeSean McCoy to rush for 110 yards alone, with Mike Tolbert adding 42 yards as well. The defensive line looked suspect, and struggled to contain Tyrod Taylor.

Linebacker: C+

Darron Lee and Josh Martin had decent outings while Demario Davis and Jordan Jenkins struggled. Martin was effective off the edge, generating half a sack and three tackles for a loss. Lee had half a sack, a tackle for a loss, and a pass defense. Davis gave up a big pass play and struggled in coverage, while Jenkins didn’t generate any pass rush. The linebacking core was mediocre today.

Secondary: C

Ascending cornerback Juston Burris had an interception in the end zone to prevent the Bills from scoring on their opening drive. The pass was thrown behind the intended receiver, Charles Clay, but Burris did well to make the catch regardless. Jamal Adams had a couple of big tackles, showing that he’s improving in that area. Other than that, Skrine and Claiborne were manhandled by the Bills’ receivers. The worst moment was Skrine conceding a 47-yard pass to Jordan Matthews.

Special Teams: B

Chandler Catanzaro was 2/2 on field goal attempts nailing both tries from 48-yards and 52-yards. Lachlan Edwards had a solid outing other than one shanked punt. Other than that, he averaged 50 yards a punt with a long of 58 yards. Kick/punt returner Kalif Raymond fumbled twice, but recovered both times. On the positive side, he had a 25-yard punt return that gave the Jets good field position.

Coaching: D-

Head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator John Morton played extremely conservative most of the game, and made some confusing decisions. If it weren’t for Bowles electing to go for it on 4th & Goal to get the Jets’ lone touchdown, this would have been an F grade. Down 7 to 6 with 30 second left in the half and three timeouts, Bowles decided to take a knee instead of attempting to get into field goal range to take the lead. Then, in the fourth quarter, Bowles elected to punt on fourth down with only a few minutes left on the clock down 21-12. John Morton’s play calling was too conservative, and didn’t give the offense much of a chance. If the decision making was better, this could have been a closer game despite the Jets being outplayed in most areas.

Overall Grade: D+

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I don't think the coaching was D. When he went for the two I questioned it but it was late in the 3rd quarter and an aggressive move which didn't work out. I give the overall coaching a B-. The game plan was ok and the team was in the game on the road. And the secondary I think was better than C. I give them also a B-. As for the O-line this is not an area you don't try to improve or put money into. The reason the Cowboys are good is skill position players, sure but it started with their improvement in the offensive line personnel. I think the O will play better in Oakland. But not sure about the D in a tougher game. 

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Brian Costello from the NY Post 

Coaching

Todd Bowles inexplicably punted with four minutes left in the game, trailing by two scores. It was a terrible decision by a coach who looked like he was coaching scared. The Jets had to do one thing defensively — stop McCoy — but the defense looked ill-prepared and repeatedly gave up contain. Offensive coordinator John Morton had some nice calls, but was not aggressive at all.

Grade: F

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1 hour ago, kdels62 said:

I have to rewatch the game but the o-line held up well in pass blocking and PFF agrees putting up only 7 pressures allowed on McCown. His inability to take advantage of the time he was given was depressing to watch. 

I feel like our corners played fine and Burris in particular didn't give up anything. The Bills game planned to attack Maye and Adams or Lee and Davis. 

Yeah i thought the DBs in general were fine and Ealy and Martin were nice surprises. Everything else defense was a sh*t show.

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15 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

Brian Costello from the NY Post 

Coaching

Todd Bowles inexplicably punted with four minutes left in the game, trailing by two scores. It was a terrible decision by a coach who looked like he was coaching scared. The Jets had to do one thing defensively — stop McCoy — but the defense looked ill-prepared and repeatedly gave up contain. Offensive coordinator John Morton had some nice calls, but was not aggressive at all.

Grade: F

Not looking scared, but really scared. What ever happens the rest of  this season he sealed his fate today. Once again Bowles doesn't get you need to roll the dice with this dearth of talent. Pulling in the horns with 3 timeouts at halftime was close to as bad. 

Defense wasn't great, but understand; they get no help from the offense. The defensive effort today would not beat a good NFL team, but it was probably good enough to beat the Bills if the offense showed up at all. And the running yards against are inflated because the Bills smartly ran the ball all 4th quarter with a 2 score lead. 

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We all knew the offense would be horrible. A receiver that's only been with the team for a week had the most catches. Our 38 year old career long scrub QB scored the only TD. I'm trying to figure out why Powell didn't even get a touch until almost halftime. 

Im most disappointed in our D. Our gap defense was non-existent. It seemed like McCoy had his choice of cutback lanes every time he touched the ball. Darron Lee has to step up and show that he belongs in this league. He and everyone else was out of position on almost every play. They not only missed a bunch of tackles, they were constantly not even taking good angles on every tackle.

Adams played fairly well, but he also still looked like a rookie. He overcommitted and missed a bunch of tackles. 

I thought Bowles was a defensive guy. Why is Buster Skrine - a guy who will undoubtedly not even be here come February 1, getting a start over Burris, who should have had a pic 6? 

 

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7 minutes ago, Bugg said:

Not looking scared, but really scared. What ever happens the rest of  this season he sealed his fate today. Once again Bowles doesn't get you need to roll the dice with this dearth of talent. Pulling in the horns with 3 timeouts at halftime was close to as bad. 

Defense wasn't great, but understand; they get no help from the offense. The defensive effort today would not beat a good NFL team, but it was probably good enough to beat the Bills if the offense showed up at all. And the running yards against are inflated because the Bills smartly ran the ball all 4th quarter with a 2 score lead. 

Pretty sure Bills had over 100 yards rushing end of rhe first half.

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2 minutes ago, HessStation said:

Pretty sure Bills had over 100 yards rushing end of rhe first half.

And it was still a game then. People get crazy about rushing yards, and like today it's more often an outcome of one team winning and leading late in the game rather than why the team won. It's mistaking an outcome with causation. 

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9 hours ago, kdels62 said:

I have to rewatch the game but the o-line held up well in pass blocking and PFF agrees putting up only 7 pressures allowed on McCown. His inability to take advantage of the time he was given was depressing to watch. 

I feel like our corners played fine and Burris in particular didn't give up anything. The Bills game planned to attack Maye and Adams or Lee and Davis. 

Yeah, that's because he was dumping the balll off before he got killed. How many passes longer than 10 yrds did he throw (not YAC)? Right. The offensive line was collapsing on play after play. And the run game was non-existent for a reason. There was nowhere to run.

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12 hours ago, JetNation said:

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Week 1 Report Card: Jets @ Bills L 21-12

 


 

Quarterback: C+

Josh McCown: 26/39 187 yards, 0 TD 2 INT, 1 Rush TD

No surprises here, the Jets’ offense looked in over their heads. Give McCown credit for taking care of the ball until the fourth quarter when the offense had to take risks. Questionable play calling, and disconnect on the deep ball doomed the offense from the start. McCown was the ultimate game manager, and was efficient at dinking and dunking against the Bills’ defense, but threw two interceptions late in the game to seal the Jets’ fate.

Running back: D

Bilal Powell: 7 rushes for 22 yards, 5 receptions for 17 yards

Matt Forte: 6 rushes for 16 yards, 3 receptions for 20 yards

The near complete lack of production from the running back position can’t be strictly blamed on Powell and Forte. While the Jets should be relying heavily on their running backs, they were nearly phased out of the game by offensive coordinator John Morton. The offensive line struggled to open holes in the run game as well to put it mildly. Forte had two dropped passes, and looked like an aging running back. Powell didn’t touch the football until the end of the first half.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: C+

Jermaine Kearse: 7 receptions for 59 yards

Robby Anderson: 4 receptions for 22 yards

Will Tye: 3 receptions for 34 yards

Eric Tomlinson: 2 receptions for 25 yards

Ardarius Stewart: 2 receptions for 10 yards

Newly acquired wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was one of the few bright spots from today’s game. Other than Kearse, inexperience and lack of talent was abundant. Curiously, the Jets chose to put Jeremy Kerley on the inactives list. Kerley is arguably their second or third best receiver, and could have made a difference. Tye and Tomlinson each had a big catch, but were shaky at best when it came to blocking. Anderson almost wrestled an interception away from a Bills’ defender on a crucial drive in the fourth quarter, but the officials weren’t impressed.

Offensive Line: D-

The offensive line struggled all game and looked completely out of sync. While Josh McCown was only sacked once, he was constantly under pressure and rarely had time to sit back in the pocket. It’s possible John Morton abandoned the running game due to the fact that the line was getting bull rushed almost every play, and couldn’t open any holes for the running backs. This unit needs some serious work.

Defensive Line: C-

Other than one batted pass, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams were virtually invisible. Williams was taken out of the game multiple times and replaced by Claude Pelon, possibly due to the wrist injury he sustained in the preseason. The defense allowed LeSean McCoy to rush for 110 yards alone, with Mike Tolbert adding 42 yards as well. The defensive line looked suspect, and struggled to contain Tyrod Taylor.

Linebacker: C+

Darron Lee and Josh Martin had decent outings while Demario Davis and Jordan Jenkins struggled. Martin was effective off the edge, generating half a sack and three tackles for a loss. Lee had half a sack, a tackle for a loss, and a pass defense. Davis gave up a big pass play and struggled in coverage, while Jenkins didn’t generate any pass rush. The linebacking core was mediocre today.

Secondary: C

Ascending cornerback Juston Burris had an interception in the end zone to prevent the Bills from scoring on their opening drive. The pass was thrown behind the intended receiver, Charles Clay, but Burris did well to make the catch regardless. Jamal Adams had a couple of big tackles, showing that he’s improving in that area. Other than that, Skrine and Claiborne were manhandled by the Bills’ receivers. The worst moment was Skrine conceding a 47-yard pass to Jordan Matthews.

Special Teams: B

Chandler Catanzaro was 2/2 on field goal attempts nailing both tries from 48-yards and 52-yards. Lachlan Edwards had a solid outing other than one shanked punt. Other than that, he averaged 50 yards a punt with a long of 58 yards. Kick/punt returner Kalif Raymond fumbled twice, but recovered both times. On the positive side, he had a 25-yard punt return that gave the Jets good field position.

Coaching: D-

Head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator John Morton played extremely conservative most of the game, and made some confusing decisions. If it weren’t for Bowles electing to go for it on 4th & Goal to get the Jets’ lone touchdown, this would have been an F grade. Down 7 to 6 with 30 second left in the half and three timeouts, Bowles decided to take a knee instead of attempting to get into field goal range to take the lead. Then, in the fourth quarter, Bowles elected to punt on fourth down with only a few minutes left on the clock down 21-12. John Morton’s play calling was too conservative, and didn’t give the offense much of a chance. If the decision making was better, this could have been a closer game despite the Jets being outplayed in most areas.

Overall Grade: D+

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Skrine flat out stinks.  Come to think of it, so does Todd

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12 hours ago, johnnysd said:

Those are some seriously generous grades, 

Bowles is at best a F. But really an F-. Completely brain dead game plan on both sides of the ball, no second half adjustments, no feel for the game or situational awareness at all. Sad thing is that this is the type of team Bowles wants to field. The offense looked exactly like last years just different names.  It is almost impossible to win a game with what they did on offense today. It was exactly the same offense Hack ran in his first start, and we thought it was just to give Hack a chance. No, its our offense. Literally. The conspiracy theorist in me almost thinks Bowles sabotaged Hack after that performance so he could start the veteran loser. And McClown looked exactly like Fitz 2.0. D at best. No one can tell me that Petty would not look at least as good. Sad thing is that we will be even easier to defend next week.

 

"at best an "F'."  Hilarious!

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11 hours ago, Sperm Edwards said:

The only thing worse than these players' bad grades is the knowledge that they're also very generous.

Darron Lee didn't seem to have a decent outing. 

Burris is like our current version of Kerry Rhodes in a sense. He picks off a pass now and then, but never because he's doing a good job sticking with his man in coverage. It's either an errant pass underthrown or thrown behind the receiver by a couple of yards (where Burris was, after getting beat by his man) or the ball hits the receiver in the hands first before popping up into his waiting arms.

Claiborne was a worthwhile risk, but so far he looks nothing like a top 10 pick (which, on top of the injuries, is surely why Dallas gave up on him). I've sat on thick-padded recliners with less cushion than he gave (hiyoooo).

It's just their first games, but so far both of our safeties were pretty bad in coverage. 

If we played against a team with a serious pass attack, as we'll see soon enough, this would have been ugly. OK uglier.

Burris was waiting for a bus and that ball came to him.  

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1 hour ago, slats said:

If the QB is going to throw for less than 4.8 ypa, with no TD's and 2 ints, I'd prefer it to be Petty or Hackenberg. What's the point of having McCown out there? 

 

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3 hours ago, Long Island Leprechaun said:

Yeah, that's because he was dumping the balll off before he got killed. How many passes longer than 10 yrds did he throw (not YAC)? Right. The offensive line was collapsing on play after play. And the run game was non-existent for a reason. There was nowhere to run.

Yeah I didn't rewatch the game when I posted that and now I have. You are dead wrong. McCown had a pocket for much of the game. It's possible our receivers didn't get open but the o-line gave him plenty of time on all but a few snaps. If the gameplan was never throw it long and always take the dump then McCown executed it perfectly.

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2 hours ago, slats said:

If the QB is going to throw for less than 4.8 ypa, with no TD's and 2 ints, I'd prefer it to be Petty or Hackenberg. What's the point of having McCown out there? 

Yeah it is pretty interesting that the uber conservative offense we ran for Hack in preseason game 1 (which he did well with) is actually the same offense we used in game 1. Never underestimate Bowles stubborness when it comes to veteran QBs or his seeming hatred of Petty. Bowles will cling to McClown like someone stranded in the ocean to his life preserver. And like that person, Bowles is seemingly alone in his pursuit of mediocrty from a veteran QB

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