There isn’t much more that can be said about the Jets defeat on Thursday. The team simply looked like two polar opposites during each half, and bundled with too many mistakes was a recipe for disaster. There is little to no blame that can go on rookie QB Sam Darnold here, as this was his third career game, in ten days nonetheless, and second in primetime. Arguably the most hellish start to a season in terms of scheduling the Jets have had in a very long time, and yet the team is still one win away from being back to .500.
That isn’t to say that nobody but the schedule is responsible for the Jets second loss in a row, as this one fell mostly on the offensive gameplan and OC Jeremy Bates, who had Darnold throwing screen plays to Quincy Enunwa on each and every third down situation. No type of creativity, no type of adaptation to the gameflow, just a slow, painful death, that is what it felt like to watch the last 30 minutes of Thursday night.
But from what I see, Todd Bowles should not be the man leading this team into its bright future. During his time as the Jets head coach, he’s lead teams that were past their prime to pleasant results, with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown being the quarterbacks for those years. Bowles does not have experience with a team full of young talent, and it seems like he cannot get the most out of them on a weekly basis. That week one massacre seems so long ago now, and was likely a result of one team being prepared for the spotlight, and the other being the Detroit Lions. With a less-than-ideal schedule coming up, with opponents like Jacksonville, Denver, and the inevitable two games against the Patriots, it is even possible to see Bowles be relieved of his duties before the season is over.
Rumors are already flying about, with SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reporting that Bowles’ job is not safe. With an overall record of 21-30, the Jets have not made a single postseason appearance during Bowles’ four year stint as head coach. The team is not devoid of talent, contrary to popular belief, but in order to exert their maximum potential, they need a man who can rally them through the darker days. A young, energetic, passionate head coach, the polar opposite of what Bowles brings. If LA Rams HC Sean McVay was not already employed, the Jets would be begging for his services, because he fits all of the characteristics that were mentioned. Every year, there are honorable nominations for a new coach, and finding one that can fuel a fire under a young, promising team may not be the hardest task to achieve.
I just simply believe the clock has run out on Coach Bowles. This organization is going in a completely opposite direction of where his leadership can bring them. Bowles has long been criticized for his lack of energy on the sidelines, but although that may not have been an important detail with a group led by QBs in the late 30s and early 40s, now is the time to revamp the leadership, which starts at the top.