Sunday afternoon, the New York Jets fell apart late and eventually lost to the Tennessee Titans. It wasn’t pretty in the slightest. Thus, head coach Todd Bowles wasn’t happy with his team’s performance. So much so, in fact, that he labeled his team “disgusting.” After all, the Jets were flagged 11 times. Plus, the loss perhaps made his seat even hotter with four weeks left in the season. After starting the season 3-3, the Jets have fallen to 3-9.
Losers of six straight games, the Jets added another woeful performance to the resume — blowing a 16-point lead and losing 26-22. They were outscored 20-6 in the second half.
“I don’t know how many (penalties) we had, but it felt like we had one every play,” Bowles told ESPN’s Rich Cimini following the loss.. “It cost us, and it’s disgusting.”
Losses stay with coaches during ugly games. And Bowles told reporters via a conference call that this loss will remain with him for the rest of his life.
“This game will stick with me for the rest of my life. I’ve been in about three of them. This will go right up there with those games. You’re at your wit’s end for a second and then you back and it’s, ‘How do we get better? How do we improve?’ You go x,y, z and you keep moving,” Bowles added.
The Jets have lost 18 of their last 23 games under Bowles. At this rate, the Jets should probably let him go before season’s end or immediately following the season. CEO Christopher Johnson did talk with his head coach for a long period of time afterwards, but the Jets haven’t fired a coach during the season since the 1970s.
Bowles said he was “pissed off” before putting the blame solely on the players.
“Frustrated. Look in the mirror, just look in the mirror. We won’t be a good football team until we’re a smart football team.”
On Tennessee’s final drive, the Jets were penalized three times. Once for holding, illegal use of hands and a face mask. For those scoring at home, that’s three automatic first downs. However, the players also put the blame on themselves. They weren’t about to let Bowles take the fall for this. Though, that might not matter by the end of the season. Or the end of the week, for that matter.
“Jamal (Adams) said it in here earlier: (The coaches) are taking the fall because they’re higher up, but a lot of times it’s us making the mistakes,” defensive end Leonard Williams said. “We understand this is a business. The outside world will look at the guys up top first, and it crumbles down. That’s how it is.”
The Jets led for 59 minutes and 24 seconds before surrendering the lead on a Marcus Mariota TD pass to Corey Davis.
“We played the same way the whole day, and just dumb mistakes at dumb times cost us ballgames,” Bowles added. “That’s why we’re in the position we’re in.”
Up next, the Jets take on the Buffalo Bills. Back in Week 10, they lost 41-10. But hey, maybe Sam Darnold will be back by Sunday? I guess we’ll see.