Finally! This torturous season for Jet fans is finally over as the New England Patriots toyed with the New York Jets 38-3. In a game that the Jets were out coached, out manned and out classed it started off bad and got worse as the game went on. I will never understand why in the name of Paul Rochester did Henry Anderson shove Tom Brady after the Jets stopped the Pats on a 3rd down? The play was over and Anderson’s play continued the drive and they scored a touchdown. In the first quarter Sam Darnold did not look comfortable at all. He finally put together a nice drive but the Jets were stopped on a 4th and goal. As much as the Patriots got pressure on Darnold in the first half, Tom Brady had all day to pass against a confused Jets 3rd string secondary. He especially picked on Rashad Robinson (#30) most of the first half. And this after completely not seeing Rob Gronkowski wide open in the end zone on one play and missing Rex Burkhead with a high pass also wide open.
As it was pointed out, the Jets lead the NFL in three and outs and did not disappoint in the first quarter. Brady opened up the scoring on 17 yard TD pass to James White. The Jets answered with a field goal then the Pats drove 80 yards on 7 plays scoring on an 18 yard pass to Rex Burkhead. In the second quarter after a fumble by Eli McGuire on first down, the Pats scored on a TD pass to Phillip Dorsett. The highlight of this short drive was the pass interference penalty on Henry Anderson to keep the drive going. Some Jet fans will complain that it was a bad call but you have to understand Brady and the Pats are going to get those calls. Anderson had a chance to avoid contact with Brady but a good acting job by the Pats QB helped the refs make the call. Totally reflects the Jets coach with all these untimely penalties all year.
In the second half the Jets continued where they left off. If the defense stopped the Patriots, the offense helped them out. Sam Darnold who had been under duress the whole game showed some small signs why he has a chance to be real good. But Darnold fumbled trying to force a play and the Pats returned the ball for a touchdown. The Patriots overwhelmed the Jets in the 3rd and 4th quarters with Tom Brady (24/33 250 yards 4 TDs) playing like he was 21 instead of his 41 years old. Rumors of his skills diminishing have been overblown. Except for missing a couple of receivers wide open, Tom Brady looked as good as ever. A touchdown pass to Julian Edelman (5 rec.69 yards 1 TD, 2 rushes, 24 yards) and a field goal ended the scoring. The Jets had a chance to continue a couple of drives but could not move the ball on 4th down.
Give Bill Belichick credit. He identified the players he thought the Jets had that might hurt the Pats. He took Robby Anderson, Chris Herndon and Andre Roberts (as a returner) completely out of the game. Jeremy Bates could not and did not make any kind of adjustment to put the Jets offense in a position to succeed. In all fairness to Bates and Todd Bowles, the Jets offensive line does not have enough talent to give Sam Darnold or the running backs a chance. Everyone is talking about the Jets needing a pass rusher. They need offensive linemen more. Mike Maccagnan has not really addressed the offensive line situation in the draft and it shows. If Maccagnan is back this is where he has to upgrade the talent.
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…..Jermaine Johnson was in-active. Believe me, no big loss…..I’m told the Jets will interview Jim Caldwell and Mike McCarthy. Please no Caldwell…..WR Deontay Burnett (5 rec. 73 yards) only catches everything thrown his way. Don’t know why Jermaine Kearse saw more time then him before today…..Now DB Darryl Roberts was inactive for being late to practice. Too little too late Todd. Should have disciplined Mo Wilkerson when you had a chance…..I’m sorry but Elijah McGuire is not a #1 back…..Trenton Cannon (I’m not a fan) made a great tackle on special teams…..Leonard Williams finally got a sack on Brady…..Julian Edelman had 5 receptions but it seemed like he had 20…..Right Tackle Brent Qvale is awful. Can’t even waste a roster spot on him in 2019…..Saw a Parry Nickerson sighting on the field for the first time in weeks!…..Sam Darnold did not play one of his better games. But if you watched closely two of his passes when flushed out of the pocket were nothing less than brilliant…..Whatever you think about Jamal Adams, this guy wants to win. He plays with passion…..Jets should draft offensive linemen and sign free agents DE Dante Fowler Jr. and OLB Dee Ford. Both great pass rushers…..Todd Bowles is a good guy by all accounts so we wish him well…..
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What The Jets Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
No one expected a playoff berth, but the season was a total failure -- from the front office to the coaching staff to the players. The mandate from ownership was to show progress, but the Jets went backward. Their roster was poorly constructed, not nearly strong enough to withstand the growing pains of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. When the Jets played competitively, they had no clue how to finish games, blowing late leads with dumb penalties and poor execution -- and that falls on coaching. They were 1-5 in games decided by eight or fewer points. Just brutal…..Todd Bowles, only the sixth NFL coach since 2000 to suffer three straight seasons of double-digit losses, is expected to be fired. It won’t be easy to find the right replacement because the pool of candidates is thin. Mike McCarthy would be a terrific choice because of his track record and offensive background. The question is, do the Jets have enough savvy to land a big fish? Their last hire with head-coaching experience was Bill Parcells in 1997. If they don’t hire McCarthy -- it might be tough to sell him on New York -- the talent drops off significantly from there. Unless Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh changes his mind or John Harbaugh unexpectedly shakes free from the Ravens, the Jets probably will hire a coordinator again. Ideally, they should hire an offensive-minded coach who can develop Darnold and rebuild the offense. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of this decision….. Maccagnan has made a lot of mistakes, but give him credit for nailing his two most recent first-round picks, Adams and Darnold. A GM can’t live in the top five -- it can be hazardous to his employment -- but Maccagnan will get another swing. Unfortunately, the Jets' needs don’t match with the value at the top of the draft. In other words, it’ll be tough to find an offensive playmaker or blue-chip offensive lineman. Unless there’s a way to get Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, they will be motivated to trade down, hoping to recoup the draft capital it cost them to trade up for Darnold. Doing so would be a coup because the Jets have multiple needs.
Brian Costello, NY Post
A dismal Jets season came to a fitting end Sunday with a 38-3 defeat to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
The Jets were non-competitive in their final game under coach Todd Bowles, who will be fired after four seasons on the job. The Patriots controlled the game from start to finish, handing the Jets their ninth loss in their past 10 games. The Jets finished the season 4-12, their worst record since 2014. They have lost 11 games or more three years in a row for the first time since 1975-77.
The Patriots (11-5) jumped took the lead when Tom Brady hit running back James White for a 17-yard touchdown with 5:16 left in the first quarter. The Patriots moved the ball easily against a depleted Jets secondary.
Starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson was benched after showing up late for meetings and practice this week. The Jets’ other starting cornerback, Morris Claiborne, was put on injured reserve Saturday with shoulder and ankle injuries. That left Rashard Robinson and Buster Skrine as the starting cornerbacks with Derrick Jones playing in the nickel. Starting safety Darryl Roberts also was benched for being late this week.
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Five possible coaching candidates:
Dan Campbell, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach, Campbell has the leadership traits to thrive, according to NFL insiders. He’d be the quintessential CEO coach to set a vision for Gang Green: A tough leader who would give his offensive and defensive play-callers autonomy to run their schemes.
“When he walks in the room,” one respected front office executive said, “You feel his presence.”
Campbell has 10 years of playing experience and eight years coaching in the league. His 12-game stint as the Dolphins interim head coach in 2015 will be invaluable. Campbell went 5-7 as a 39-year-old in charge.
Matt Campbell, Iowa State head coach,It’s a leap of faith to go with a 39-year-old college coach with no NFL experience, but Campbell has drawn rave reviews from every NFL personnel man that I’ve talked to recently. He’s a rising star in the eyes of league talent evaluators.
Campbell would be a terrific CEO and face of the franchise. He’s a detail-oriented leader who has proven to be able to work well with others at Toledo and Iowa State. His ability to identify the right players and develop them will serve him well in the NFL.
“He’s got a really good understanding of personnel: what he wants in a player and how they fit into the scheme,” one scout said. “He’s really good with that. He’s won with guys that he’s gone out and developed. He’s won at both spots (Toledo and Iowa State). He’s got a great presence to him when he speaks. He’s got a natural command.”
Matt Rhule, Baylor head coach, Rhule’s ability to turn around two college programs and exposure to the NFL make him an intriguing candidate. The Colts interviewed Rhule last season before ultimately landing Frank Reich. Rhule, a former college linebacker, has coached on both sides of the ball. He turned around Temple’s program (back-to-back 10-win seasons for the only time in school history) before going to Baylor in the wake of the sexual assault scandal under Art Briles.
Rhule endured a one-win season before Baylor made the largest improvement among all Power 5 conference clubs this season. Baylor’s win in the Texas Bowl last week capped a 7-6 campaign for the energetic coach. NFL talent evaluators also love that Rhule spent a season on Tom Coughlin’s Giants staff in 2012 as an assistant offensive line coach.
“He runs a pro-style system with enough college variation to it that he could adapt,” one NFL talent evaluator said. “When he was at Temple, he had some teams that would run basic power football, but they would also run some variations of spread with it.” A second scout praised Rhule’s ability to move from Baylor’s traditional spread scheme to one with more run-based elements.
Vic Fangio, Bears Defensive Coordinator,Maybe the 60-year-old Fangio will turn out to the defensive version of Bruce Arians, a respected coordinator who was passed over for head coaching jobs time and time again before he finally got his shot… and ran with it. Regardless, interviewing Fangio would be one of the smartest decisions that the Jets could make during this process. Why? It’s simple. How often do you have an opportunity to bring smart football minds into your building to honestly assess your roster?
What better way to get more honest information on Darnold and the rest of the offensive personnel than to ask Fangio, who stymied the Jets in Week 8 (without Khalil Mack, by the way)?
Fangio has been one of the most respected defensive minds for the better part of four decades. For all the chatter about the Jets interest in Jim Harbaugh, smart folks around the league know that Fangio’s defenses with the Niners were what really made those teams go. The second smartest decision that the Bears made this offseason after hiring Matt Nagy? Keeping Fangio, who has been the architect of one of the stingiest defenses in the league this season.
Mike McCarthy, Former Packers head coach,McCarthy is highly regarded in league circles despite his ouster earlier this month, but league insiders don’t believe he’s going to the Jets for myriad reasons. First, there’s the Maccagnan Factor.
“It would be interesting to see the dynamic between Mike McCarthy and Mike Maccagnan,” one general manager said. “That doesn’t seem like a match made in heaven to me.”
Then, there’s the money issue. McCarthy would command around $7 million per year. (He’d get paid that much from the Packers if he sat out in 2019). Woody Johnson typically pays coaches $4-5 million per year. Would the Jets really pony up $7 million per year for McCarthy?
“Woody Johnson is not going to pay that much,” another GM said. Perhaps McCarthy would coach on 50 cents on the dollar to mold Darnold. Or perhaps he knows what he’s worth and moves on to Arizona or Tampa. McCarthy played an integral role in helping fix Aaron Rodgers’ mechanics early in his career before the relationship soured due to an increasingly difficult-to-manage superstar quarterback, according to league sources.His .618 regular-season winning percentage is impressive, but how the heck did he only get to one Super Bowl in 13 seasons with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Rodgers and Brett Favre? “He’s a good football coach,” said a third GM. “The thing about someone like him is… When you get some coaches that have been in one place for a long while – and they want to jump right back into it—you don’t know which version you’re getting. Are you getting the Andy Reid version, who still has the fire in the belly and wants to get it done? You don’t know.”
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