It hasn't been an easy few weeks for the NY Jets. Heck, it hasn't been an easy season for this long-suffering franchise. But if there is anything to take solace in, it's that their archrivals are hurting even more.
The New England Patriots are a dysfunctional mess. That may seem like a foreign concept to many who have watched the Patriots dominate the NFL for the better part of the last two decades, but their time atop the league has clearly come to an end.
Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reported on Wednesday that Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has almost completely lost the support of his teammates.
One source told Callahan that "the locker room is 80-20 out on Mac." Another source reiterated that "the vast majority of players are done with him." This comes after Jones was benched for a third time this season in the Patriots' Week 10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Bill Belichick is firmly on the hot seat. The Patriots have a quarterback controversy with no good solution. Their offense (and really their roster) is devoid of many long-term building blocks.
While things might look bleak for the Jets, what they're going through is nothing compared to the dysfunction that's taking place in New England.
NY Jets fans can take solace in the Patriots' ongoing struggles
Years of poor drafting and roster-building on the part of Belichick and the Patriots have sunk the organization to the NFL's basement. At 2-8 with eight games left to play, the Patriots are on track for their worst finish in over 30 years.
Their years of dominating the AFC East are over. Now, they're firmly the worst team in their division, and one of the worst teams in the entire NFL. That's the reality that Patriots fans face.
The situation with Jones has clearly reached a boiling point, and it seems likely that New England will be searching for a new quarterback again this offseason. As for Belichick, his seat has never been hotter.
The longtime Patriots coach has struggled in the wake of Tom Brady's departure, and his hand-picked quarterback replacement, Jones, evidently hasn't panned out. A poor coaching staff and supporting cast have done him no favors, either.
This is the current state of the New England Patriots organization. An inept offense led by a quarterback who has lost the support of his teammates. A coaching staff seemingly on their way out the door. A roster with very little young talent to build around for the future.
Every team in the AFC East has their own issues. The Miami Dolphins can't beat a team with a winning record. The Buffalo Bills' offense is broken, and they'll be fighting for their playoff lives this Sunday. The Jets' offense is a disaster, and injuries have decimated their roster.
But every one of those teams is thankful they're not the Patriots right now. The tables have turned. The tide has shifted. The Patriots are the laughingstock of the division.