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Jets grades: F's for offense, defense and coaching

Special teams gets a C- on forgettable day for Jets. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles walks off after

Jets head coach Todd Bowles walks off after 41-10 loss to the Bills.  Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman


The Jets continue to be a brutally predictable and ineffective offense. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said it’s on him to call plays that gets his receivers open, and said he would be more aggressive with taking shots down the field. The Jets’ first four series resulted in three-and-outs. They went nearly 23 minutes before registering their first first down. The Jets also did something very difficult – and it wasn’t something that should make them feel proud. They had three holding penalties . . . on one play! Unreal. Josh McCown replaced the injured Sam Darnold at quarterback, and showed the rust from not playing in a regular-season game since last December. He threw two picks and was able to lead only one touchdown drive.


The Jets’ defense definitely regressed in this game, and it was against a team that has struggled mightily to score points. Not on this day, though. The Jets gave up four touchdowns in the first half and five overall to a team that had scored just three TDs in its last six games. Afterward, players talked about being embarrassed and said their pride was hurt. This was Matt Barkley, who was signed last week, and Robert Foster, who was just promoted form the practice team, that took it to the Jets. The defense allowed 451 yards of offense. The Bills had gained more than 300 yards just twice this season.


This was the only unit that did anything positive for the Jets. Kicker Jason Myers booted a 55-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Andre Roberts had some decent returns. He finished with 147 yards on six punt and kickoff returns. But the Jets’ special teams group did give up a first down on a fake-punt that led to the Bills’ second score of the game.


It was a miserable day for Todd Bowles, Bates and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. Bowles, of course, deserves the most heat. His team wasn't ready to play, despite everyone saying how prepared they were and what a good week of practice it was. The Bills opened the game with two big plays and the Jets wilted. The Jets weren’t as aggressive in their play calling as the Bills. The Bills attacked and the Jets crumbled. To be down 31-0 at home in the first half to the Bills is a major indictment on the entire coaching staff.


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