NY Jets: My reaction to Week 3 blowout loss at Indianapolis Colts

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Lesson of the day, the NY Jets are not that good of a football team. Who would’ve known?

Sometimes you make a bold prediction and it pays off. Other times you make a bold prediction and completely fall flat on your face. I’m taking this week on the chin because I really loved the NY Jets‘ chances at Indianapolis and I picked them to outright win it.

We’re all hurting right now. Let’s grieve together, shall we?

Sunday’s game was definitely a tough pill to swallow. Not only did the Jets get completely wiped off the board, but Sam Darnold was a major reason for it. His ceiling is about as high as any young quarterback in this league, but this week’s game was not indicative of that.

Two pick-sixes and a safety on 17-for-29 throwing, 168 passing yards, and a passer rating of 47.0 is going to sting for a while.

I just got done telling you all that Darnold was not the problem in New York and I still stand by that, but games like these don’t exactly make that statement look too intelligent.

Still, I’m standing by Darnold. The guy can carry this team through thick and thin. Last year was a perfect example of it.

If he can get mono, have no offensive line to protect him, no weapons to speak of, no run game to speak of, a basket case of a head coach, and a barely-functioning front office and organization and STILL go 7-6, that’s a guy who has proven he can win under most circumstances, even if those circumstances are dire.

The Jets came into this Colts game winners of four of their last five and five of their last seven against them as well as winners of four of their last six in Indianapolis. The fact that this wasn’t even close is proof positive that the direction this team is heading is not a good one.

Sam Darnold’s future with the NY Jets continues to look murkier.

It’s not looking great for Darnold right now. I think his coaching staff is seriously hindering his potential. His head coach probably needs to go sooner rather than later.

I sort of like the idea of Gregg Williams taking over as head coach because a similar situation happened in Cleveland during Baker Mayfield’s rookie season and that team finished very strong.

Sam definitely misses Jamison Crowder, Robby Anderson, and Le’Veon Bell — that’s on the front office for letting Anderson go even though he’s another headache.

Things are looking about as bad as you can imagine for this Jets team right now, but I still believe Darnold is the quarterback that can turn this franchise around (any franchise around, really). He just needs more pieces.

The front office now needs to step up and make some tough decisions. There are a lot of talented players on this roster, but the culture is a losing culture.

Changing out head coaches mid-season is not the best route in my opinion, but when desperate times arise, those decisions need to be made. This team is not in a good place and they need a big shift in direction.

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I’ll take this loss on the chin. I thought for sure Darnold would revive this dying Jets team in major upset fashion, but evidently, that wasn’t the case.