The New York Jets embarrassed themselves and their fans Monday night losing 38-3 to the Buffalo Bills in a game that wasn’t even that close. This was a waste of three hours of my life, hours that I can’t get back. I could have watched the New York Islanders win again, watched the fall finale of Gotham or even WWE RAW but instead I was stuck watching a Jets team that was ill-prepared to play and unwilling to fight.
The one thing you can always say about a Rex Ryan coached team is that, win or lose, the effort will be there and the team will play to the final whistle. Last night, the Jets quit on Rex Ryan. The Bills controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage, they laughed at the Jets, pushed them around before, during and after the whistle and the Jets did nothing about it. They accepted their fate. I could say the same thing about the post-game press conference. Rex accepted his fate. He assured us he would be the coach for the last five weeks and that he was “still the coach”, but the fire is gone. As time passes Rex Ryan will be remembered fondly by Jets fans for bringing this team back to relevance and coming so close to getting this franchise back to the Super Bowl. Right now, though, he is a beaten man playing out the string just like the rest of the players.
Michael Vick was terrible before he mercifully succumbed to a leg injury suffered making a tackle after he threw an interception. That’s the same way that Geno Smith went out against Buffalo a month ago, fittingly enough. Vick was terribly inaccurate, missing Eric Decker on a sure touchdown before the half, and throwing three potential interceptions before the one that eventually ended his night. Vick finished 7/19 for 76 yards and that interception. Vick was hit sacked seven times, but some of those were his fault as he stepped into pressure. The offensive line was terrible. They allowed seven sacks and nine quarterback hits. They were beaten on the outside by Jerry Hughes and especially Mario Williams, who both finished with two sacks and three quarterback hits apiece. Breno Giacomini and D’Brickashaw Ferguson were turnstiles and Colon and Aboushi were no better on the inside.
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) breaks a tackle by New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) during the second half at Ford Field. Bills beat the Jets 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Woods abused the Jets secondary to the tune of nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. He had a beautiful one-handed 27 yard catch, a tough touchdown catch on a 3rd and goal play and basically made every play that Buffalo needed. The Jets tried to force the Bills to beat them underneath and, although they controlled Sammy Watkins (three catches for 35 yards), they could not control Woods and get off the field when they really needed to. The defense wasn’t terrible and kept the Jets in the game until the Bills drove 90 yards at the end of the 1st half.
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They got a big sack by Douzable and Coples to put the Bills in a 2nd and goal from the 19 but then they lost Scott Chandler down the middle for the touchdown and finally broke after the Bills recovered the blocked punt for the touchdown. On the Bills last touchdown drive they shoved the ball down a listless Jets defense’s throat. The culmination of the drive, a 30 yard run right up the middle by Dixon, was a clear sign they had quit and one of the most embarrassing moments of the night.
Despite doing well statistically, Ryan Quigley was partially responsible for 14 Buffalo points when he shanked his first punt of the game setting up the Bills at the Jets 44 and then later when his punt was blocked and recovered for a touchdown. Percy Harvin tried too hard to make a play and kept returning kickoffs deep in the end zone but he never got back to the 20 on any of them, including being pinned inside the 10 on his last return.
To see this once proud franchise that prided itself on defense, running the football, controlling the clock and being the more physical team completely lose its identity and quit on their head coach and themselves made me sick. This team needs a new head coach, a new voice in the locker room, because the players have tuned Ryan out. It’s a sad truth but a truth nonetheless.