In yet another loss in Week 8 to the Chicago Bears, this doesn’t exactly fall on the players but more so on the terrible planning and coaching that have defined the New York Jets so far this season.
When it comes to the New York Jets, one would think it’s a lack of talent on the team that has prevented them from being a powerhouse in the AFC East. Others will think it’s all the injuries that have hit the roster, most of which to their established stars that have hindered this team on the gridiron.
In the grand scheme of things, these do have a part of why the Jets are 3-5, but even when the team was healthy, they still lacked the basic fundamentals of execution. They lacked common football acumen and overall discipline to not cause useless penalties or make boneheaded plays when it mattered most.
This all stems from terrible game planning and coaching that continues to define the Jets for what they are. A young team filled with good talent that can be developed towards being great but don’t have the right coaches, leadership, or mental preparation to take it to the next level.
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Until the Jets get a more talented and experienced coaching staff in place, they will continue to be on the outside looking in. Too many times this season players have looked shocked and surprised at what the opposition is throwing their way. Even at times when simple in-game adjustments could be made to at least have a shot at leaving a game victorious, head coach Todd Bowles continues to look confused and unaware on what to change.
Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, on the first year in his new role, clearly shows he’s not the right guy for the job. How many times will the same rushing play on 1st down be called? Why doesn’t he try to come up with more creative offensive plays featuring tight ends knowing the wide receiver corps is banged up? Why is his playcalling so predictable week in, week out?
After two straight losses and a second consecutive season at 3-5 in the midseason mark, Bowles and the rest of his coaching staff should be worried about their job security since the overall progress and development of this young team has stopped weeks ago. All these players don’t know what to expect against other teams come game time and the coaching staff has no idea on what to do in the heat of the moment to put them in a position to adjust and find success.
It’s a harsh reality for the Jets that they are building the right foundation but might not have the right coaches in place to push the envelope towards being a playoff contender. If these next few weeks continue to rack up losses, the Jets might make the same moves the Cleveland Browns just made this week in cleaning house due to another forgettable losing season. Clearly, those currently in place now are not getting the job done and haven’t over the past few years. It’s time to start making the right moves or start moving on.