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Buffalo Bills beat New York Jets: Week 1 coaching grades

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets looks on during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets looks on during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In a 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets entire coaching staff was outcoached.

From the top down, every phase of the game between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills went to the Bills coaching staff. They were prepared for everything the Jets could have handed them.

The Bills’ offensive line outdid the Jets‘ defensive line, and the Bills routinely beat the Jets coverages. When it comes to the offense, the Jets run game was stifled. Additionally, the Bills kept the Jets passing attack in front of them all game long.

The Bills showed the art of bend but don’t break. It appears they perfected it, while the Jets broke on a few occasions. The dink-and-dunk approach was clearly not the right approach to this game. They attempted to use the short passing game to cover up the lack of a running attack, but they couldn’t.

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They used Bilal Powell far too infrequently, and that cost them. Additionally, it became clear that starting Josh McCown was a mistake. It’s too late to turn back from that decision.

The Jets just can’t attack down the field with McCown. They need one of their young gunslingers, with much better arms, to attack defenses down the field. The coaches just don’t think they’re ready for the limelight.

The Jets coaches have to deal with building the new team on the fly and building this new culture with young talent that will tend to make more mistakes. However, that’s not an excuse for their poor game plan.

The coaches didn’t put their team in the best possible position to win, and it began in Week 3 of the preseason when they named McCown the starter. Now, they have to scale back the game plan, and until they are willing to make the necessary change, it will turn out like this.

Generallym the grade that will be on this won’t be seen much, but it’s a must for this week.

Week 1 Coaching Grade: F

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