When a team like the New York Jets consistently gets as many penalties as they do, it’s a glaring shot of reality about the lack of discipline across the franchise.
In their Week 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football, the New York Jets got 10 penalties called against them. Whether it was a false start, pass interference, or even holding, that yellow flag rained down heavily against a team that was entering another must-win situation.
It was so bad that the Jets had to bench cornerback Buster Skrine since he was one of the main culprits of their meltdown against the Cardinals. The Jets gave up 83 yards to the Cardinals thanks to penalties and well, opens up a glaring situation with the Jets.
This team is easily going through such a collapse early on this year, they are seemingly proving to be one of worst teams in the NFL. Say what you want about the Cleveland Browns, at least they play with passion and aggression despite not even winning a single game so far this season.
When a team gets called for so many penalties, it screams dysfunction and zero respect for a coaching staff. It proves that a lack of discipline and accountability is evident all across the franchise.
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These players that put on this green and white uniform are playing without any fear whatsoever. Sure, Todd Bowles might be known as a quiet and humble kind of head coach, but it’s clear that he’s losing the respect of the locker room.
Bowles needs to take a step back and understand that what he’s doing is clearly not working. He needs to send a stern message across his locker room and start shaking things up.
Whether it’s demoting a player that isn’t executing or a player that continues to underperform, change needs to happen immediately. Especially for a defensive secondary that continues to get burned week in, week out.
Now in addition to their terrible play, the Jets can’t even work as a cohesive unit to stop unnecessary penalties. It’s one thing to lose four straight games but it’s a completely different situation when you’re not even competitive and are undisciplined. Racking up penalties like the Jets did against the Cardinals proves that this team is entering such a phase that it’s to the point of no return into putting them back in the right direction.