Wide receiver Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets recently had some interesting comments about last week’s performance. Are they cryptic or just his usual passion coming out?
Maybe it means nothing. Perhaps star wide receiver Brandon Marshall was generally speaking when he commented on last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the New York Jets, here is what he had to say about it and what awaits in Week 4:
” This is a character building game next week, the real team should emerge, whatever one that is”.
Whatever team Marshall is referring to, they’re clearly more than one team in his mind and Sunday is a test for this team against the Seattle Seahawks. They easily have one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks’ defense smells blood in the water, especially after the Jets committed eight turnovers on offense last week.
It brings up an interesting question, will this team have faith in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick through the season if one of the teams Marshall is referring to emerges at home vs Seattle?
Head coach Todd Bowles has been adamant since being with the Jets that Fitzpatrick is the starter, but if he continues to be wildly inconsistent, that can all change. If Fitzpatrick continues to cost the Jets football games, does Bowles have it in him to pull Fitzpatrick before playoff reality fades?
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The Jets might have looked like they were beaten in every phase of the game, but if you watched that Week 3 matchup, that wasn’t the case.
The Jets’ defense battled, they did bend but not break in the second half holding the Chiefs scoreless.
Ultimately, the offense came up with nothing thanks to the lack of execution in the red zone.
Will the defense take comments from Marshall personally if the Jets play good defense this Sunday and the offense misses the mark yet again?
Eventually, the money the Jets paid Fitzpatrick can’t be the only thing keeping him on the field, winning football games has to be top priority.
When something isn’t working, the best coaches in the game make adjustments at the right time. I would say it’s too early, but with the Jets having Seattle at home this Sunday and then travelling in back to back road games against Pittsburgh and Arizona, they could be 1-4 really quick.
This schedule cannot sustain another five (5) game losing streak like last season, I guess Brandon is right…the real team should emerge this week.