Gas2No99 Posted December 25, 2016 Share Posted December 25, 2016 Jets’ 41-3 loss to Cheaters brings back memories of Rich Kotite Era GARY "pencil Dick" MYERS FOXBOROUGH – Woody Johnson spared himself the humiliation and aggravation and missed his first game of this dismal season. Todd Bowles should have stayed home, too. Johnson had family obligations for the holidays. Bowles was cleared by his doctors at 5:30 a.m. Saturday after he said “kidney stones, gallbladder, gall stones, got stuck in the pipe, lot of pain,” put him in the hospital Friday. He boarded a plane and was on the sidelines for the Jets’ 41-3 loss to the Cheaters. Bowles appeared to be in tremendous pain after the game, but whether that’s because he has yet to pass the stones or the humiliation he incurred watching his team hit rock bottom – it can’t get any worse, right? – is hard to say. Jets Nation is in even more pain than Bowles. How much more can a fan base endure? Jet fans deserve so much better than this slop. It will be up to Johnson to decide how to assign accountability. It doesn’t appear Bowles is going to lose his job – he does not deserve a third year — but Johnson has proven to be unpredictable and the last person to have his ear could make the biggest impression, especially if Bowles loses to Rex Ryan next week. GM Mike Maccagnan has accumulated too many players who lack talent, motivation, energy and pride and that was even before they were decimated by injury. They were so pitiful that even the heartless Bill Belichick, who hates the Jets, showed compassion and removed Tom Brady late in the third quarter with a 34-0 lead. The Jets were completely non-competitive. Muhammad Wilkerson, one of the Jets’ primary underachievers, tried to fire up his teammates before the game with a clichéd “Let’s Win This For Coach” speech. Either the players tuned out Wilkerson since he has been invisible since signing his $86 million contract, or playing hard for their coach, who cared enough about them to rush to Foxborough for what was clearly going to be a butt-kicking, just didn’t register. Bryce Petty didn't last long, getting knocked out of the game early with a dislocated left shoulder. (BILLIE WEISS/GETTY IMAGES) “I spoke to the team before we went out before the game,” Wilkerson said. “He made a business decision to come here and coach the team. I’m pretty sure he didn’t have to. I felt like we should play for each other like we always do, but just play a little harder for coach. We didn’t really know what his illness was. I just tried to give guys motivation to play harder.” The impact of Wilkerson’s talk: Zero. The Jets were down 10-0 at the end of the first quarter and 27-0 at the half. There’s been so many low points in Jets history. This is the worst it’s been since — now brace yourself Jets Nation – the Rich Kotite days. He was 4-28 in two seasons including 1-15 in 1996. The Jets’ performance against the Cheaters was classic "Kotitian" – at one point in the second half they had four completions and four turnovers for the game. The Jets finished with eight completions – none by starter Bryce Petty, who dislocated his non-throwing shoulder trying to recover a fumble – and five turnovers. Losing fractures teams and it’s fractured in at least two spots. Brandon Marshall considers himself the wise old man of the team. Sheldon Richardson is just a knucklehead with a resume to prove it. Marshall tried to sum up the hopelessness of Saturday’s game. “Embarrassing,” Marshall said. “Just embarrassing.” Todd Bowles should have stayed in the hospital instead of torturing himself with this team. (CHARLES KRUPA/AP) Richardson, when told of Marshall’s comment, said, “He should be embarrassed.” Bowles has built quite a brotherhood and team-first attitude. Marshall and Richardson argued in the locker room after a loss in Kansas City earlier this season and apparently have not made peace. Richardson said he respects Marshall personally, not professionally. In the last three losses, the 4-11 Jets have been outscored by the Colts (41-10), Dolphins (34-13) and Cheaters (41-3) by a combined 116-26. “It’s been a struggle this year for us,” Darrelle Revis said. “I struggled this year, but at the same time, as a team overall, we have, too. It goes across the board. Everybody is accountable.” Revis is a prime candidate to either absorb a huge pay cut down to the $6 million he has guaranteed – his base salary is $13 million — or the Jets could just cut him. Does he think he will be back? “We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t know what management is going to do.” Charone Peake has a ball thrown out of his reach. (MADDIE MEYER/GETTY IMAGES) There is no end in sight to the Jets misery. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who lost his job to both Geno Smith and then Petty, had to come in relief for the third time since his benching following Smith’s torn ACL, Petty getting bent in half by Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake last week and then Petty going down in the second quarter against the Cheaters. Petty was 0-for-3 with an INT when he was injured. Fitz was Fitz: 8-for-21 with two INTs. It seems likely that Christian Hackenberg will finally get a uniform and dress for his first game next week in the long-awaited final game of the season. Why not just start Hackenberg to get him a feel for the speed of the game? Bowles has made this a redshirt year for the rookie while Dak Prescott, drafted two rounds later, is an MVP candidate. The Jets don’t feel Hackenberg is ready to play, but how can that be? He’s been around since May. Is he that far behind, is he so bad that he can’t get on the field for a meaningless game? Petty had his chance. He is too brittle. He is also not very good. He is not the future. The Jets need to find out if Hackenberg has any chance to be the quarterback in 2017. If he doesn’t, that’s a terrible indictment of Maccagnan’s ability to pick QBs. It looks like Petty, taken in the fourth round in 2015, is a wasted pick. If Hackenberg can’t get on the field next week, how can we look at him as anything but a wasted pick? There’s speculation Maccagnan could use the Jets’ first-round pick, which right now is fifth overall, on a quarterback. I don’t think he should be allowed to keep taking QBs every year until he gets it right. But that’s up to Johnson, who was smart enough to stay away Saturday. Bowles should have done the same. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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