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Jets need to wake up and focus on playing complete football

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of their game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won, 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of their game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won, 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets need to stop for a moment and remember what they’re fighting for. They must focus on playing complete football from start to finish.

Complete football. It’s a term that’s synonymous with the very essence of playing professional football. It’s 60 minutes of playing a chess match against an opposing team with hopes of keeping them guessing right before a scoring play occurs. For the New York Jets, they need to truly have a reality check this week in that it all starts with playing complete football.

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From head coach Todd Bowles to safety Calvin Pryor, this is the week to stop the nonsense. There should be no excuses for the pathetic style of football the Jets have been playing the past few weeks. There is nothing great about losing but it stings the most when players nor coaches truly understand what it takes to play complete football.

It’s about playing with heart, accountability, and passion. Too many times we’ve seen players and coaches of the Jets simply show no emotion when they’re getting completely embarrassed in front of the football world.

All the missed tackles, lack of scoring touchdowns, and just emotionless faces all across the team needs to stop. It’s all about being focused and finishing what was started. Playing a tough style of football from the 1st quarter until the final whistle and if they win or lose, they can be proud of the effort everyone put in.

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Don’t let the past few weeks fool you, Bowles is indeed the right guy for the job. It’s not easy coaching in the city that never sleeps but the time to act is this week.

It’s time to move on from the past and focus on the task at hand. The Jets have a lot of talent across the team as it’s time to step up and accept the fact that they need to put up the fight of a lifetime against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6 action on Monday Night Football.

Again, it’s all about playing complete football from start to finish. Playing with intensity and executing to the highest ability by everyone representing this franchise.

Even Bowles chimed in on this very topic. Here is what he said in his overall message to his team, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:

On his message to the team today…

Same as it was last week. We have to finish the fourth quarter. We had some critical plays in the second half that we could’ve made, third-down stops we could’ve made, third-downs we could’ve stopped. We have to finish the fourth quarter. Obviously, we had a punt return go down inside the plus territory. We play hard, we play tough, we play smart most of the game, we just have to find a way to turn the corner.

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Overall, the Jets have what it takes to turn this season around and head in the right direction. Nobody should even mention NFL Playoffs since it’s all about taking this season one game at a time. Playing complete football won’t change anything in regards to the postseason but it will set the blueprint that this team can come back and at least put up a fight against any team standing in their way of victory.

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