Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) throws a pass against New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (41) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) throws a pass against New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (41) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 12 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Forté and Bilal Powell, Ben Ijalana and the offensive line, Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa, the team's struggles on defense, and the special teams, among others...



Quarterbacks

Bent: If nothing else, yesterday's game underlines how the Jets could actually have been competitive each week if only they had a semi-decent quarterback. Like it or not, that's what Ryan Fitzpatrick was in yesterday's game.

Does that mean I'm prepared to consider retaining Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback into next season? Of course not. After all, the rest of this season shows that Fitzpatrick is not consistent enough to be a semi-decent quarterback on a regular basis.

In fact, semi-decent is probably Fitzpatrick's ceiling right now and the Jets only managed to get that from him by simplifying things for him with a conservative gameplan. His receivers bailed him out with some great catches on plays to extend drives that otherwise would have come to a premature end and he still couldn't avoid that back-breaking mistake to cost them the chance at a win, even if he did manage to delay that until his late fumble.

So, where does this leave the Jets? Everyone has concluded that Fitzpatrick won't be back next year and certainly won't command anywhere near the $12 million he is being paid this year, regardless of where he plays. However, as long as he remains in the line-up, he can perhaps restore some of his value and keep the Jets competitive over the last five games.

Do we want that though? Why give Fitzpatrick a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere by winning a few meaningless games with the Jets? Or would six games of semi-decent play be a large enough sample size to actually get the Jets considering bringing him back?

Running a conservative gameplan in an effort to disguise your quarterback's penchant for a costly turnover is probably not a viable long term plan. However, maybe it can enable you to restore your quarterback's confidence and establish some rhythm to give yourself a platform to gradually start taking more chances. Again, it's not like the Jets have much to gain from that, though.

I was actually okay with the decision to start Fitzpatrick, because Bill Belichick likely would have set some traps for the inexperienced Bryce Petty and if he struggled badly at home in a loss to the Patriots, any optimism for him to show what he's made of over the last five games would be severely dented.

Having said that, Jets quarterbacks have tended to have good success against Belichick's defenses over the past several years. This perhaps renders Fitzpatrick's performance somewhat less impressive. Fitzpatrick has had a quarterback rating of at least 97.7 in all three games against New England since becoming a Jet, Mark Sanchez had a quarterback rating of over 90 in six of nine games and even Geno Smith had two games out of four with a rating of over 80. All three have a career rating below 80.

Petty should get another chance soon and may even be in the line-up when the Jets face New England later in the season so that might be an interesting test for him. Don't be surprised if the Jets stick with Fitzpatrick for a game or two more while they ready him for that though.

Running Backs

Bent: After combining for almost 200 yards in the previous game, Matt Forté and Bilal Powell found the going much tougher yesterday. They combined for just 90 yards on 25 touches as neither managed a run of eight yards or longer.

Forté did not start, but still saw the bulk of the workload. He ended up with 27 yards on 13 carries and I'd mostly attribute that to a lack of running room. However, there did appear to be a couple of short yardage plays where he looked to have plenty of room to get to the marker but tried to make a cut to get a bigger gain and ended up getting stuffed.

His best contribution saw him gain 15 on a dump-off pass early in the fourth quarter. That helped set up the go-ahead touchdown.

Powell had more success in the running game, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, but was not productive in the passing game with just one short catch and a dropped pass. He had a couple of short yardage conversions and also three plays where he battled for tough yardage, coming up just short of the marker on two of them to set up first down conversions on the next play. His wildcat carry near the goal line was the first time a non-quarterback has taken a snap for the Jets all season.

CJ Spiller saw action on 10 snaps. Interesting, Powell was also in the game on each of those plays with Spiller only in the backfield on three of them. He almost made a big play on a deep throw, as he beat his man but then dropped the slightly underthrown pass. There should probably have been a pass interference call on the play, but you don't usually get that call against New England for some reason.

Offensive Line

Bent: Once again, the offensive line really struggled in the running game. There were essentially zero running plays where the running back got cleanly out to the second level and several individual mistakes led to runs being stuffed at or behind the line.

They fared better in terms of limiting pressure, although most of that was attributable to Fitzpatrick getting the ball out quickly or New England dropping extra bodies into coverage to try and force him into a mistake. The dam burst completely on the final play though, as Ben Ijalana got burned for a game-clinching strip sack with the Jets trying to drive for the winning score.

Wesley Johnson has given a solid account of himself in relief of Nick Mangold, who seems close to returning. However, there's no question he's been a downgrade and this was easily his roughest game so far. Johnson missed several run blocks, was stood up at the point of attack regularly and was badly beaten on a play where Fitzpatrick was called for intentional grounding. He also committed a holding penalty after getting beaten again in pass protection.

Once Mangold returns, he's unlikely to be at 100% so it's difficult to say how much of an improvement there will be. Right now, it's not looking certain Mangold will be back next year with a $9 million cap number, but if the Jets plan to have Johnson starting in his place, their line will take a hit. There's also the small matter of Johnson's own contract, which expires at the end of the season. The last time the Jets replaced an established starter with a reserve based on a part-season of uninspiringly promising relief work, it was Wayne Hunter replacing Damien Woody and we all know how that went.

James Carpenter is pretty much the only starter who is more than likely to return, although back-ups Brent Qvale, Dakota Dozier and Brandon Shell will still be under contract. Qvale was the only one of the three to see action yesterday, on one snap. Carpenter held up well in pass protection but lost at the point of attack on a few running plays, including one where the run was blown up.

Breno Giacomini had his most efficient game since his return in pass protection, as he was beaten for a pressure just once, although he was driven back by a couple of bull rushes. It was also probably his least effective game as a run blocker, as he had a couple of bad missed blocks. Giacomini was also called for a hold in pass protection, as he had his man controlled but seemed to drag or shove him to the ground. That one seemed a bit harsh and probably wouldn't have been called the other way.

Other than giving up the sack at the end, Ijalana was beaten a few times in pass protection but he's arguably been no worse than Ryan Clady since taking over the left tackle job full time. Clearly the Jets need an upgrade here, although Ijalana has established himself as a useful back-up that will draw some interest in free agency next year. He made a couple of good contributions in the running game, but allowed penetration a couple of times.

Brian Winters was once again the least bad of a bad bunch. He didn't make many impact blocks in the running game, but didn't have many mistakes either. He's another one out of contract at the end of the year who it will be difficult to determine a price for.

Receivers

BentBrandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa each had their best game for several weeks, although for Marshall that's a sign of how far he's fallen because six catches and 67 yards would have been one of his least productive statlines last year. He scored his first touchdown since week five, but could he have had another if he laid out for Fitzpatrick's end zone throw rather than trying to grab it with one outstretched hand?

Enunwa delivered with the first 100-yard game of his career, spectacularly bringing down a jump ball for the go-ahead touchdown and making a few nice diving catches downfield to extend drives. It was an excellent bounce-back game for Enunwa, who had just two catches for 32 yards - on nine targets - in the previous two games.

Fitzpatrick's 40-yard hook-up with Enunwa in the first half was the first time all season he's completed a pass thrown more than 30 yards down the field (although he did have one negated by a penalty in week two). He entered the game 0-for-7 on such throws having gone 3-for-22 last year.

Robby Anderson provided a reminder that he's still a rookie with a momentum-changing fumble near midfield. After doing well to get open going across the field, Anderson tried to make some extra yardage but Malcolm Butler was able to strip the ball away from him. He ended up with just two catches.

Let's be positive about Anderson for a moment though. His rookie campaign (24 catches so far) compares very favorably with every high profile rookie receiver in recent Jets history: Jeremy Kerley ended up with 29 catches as a rookie. Laveranues Coles had 22. Stephen Hill ended up with 21. Devin Smith, Santana Moss and Jerricho Cotchery had just 17 between them.

Another rookie, Jalin Marshall, had two short catches and the officials ignored obvious pass interference on him as he was unable to haul in a third down pass downfield. That was the play before the Jets attempted a long field goal that was blocked.

Charone Peake was an unfortunate casualty of Marshall's struggles in the return game, as the Jets had to activate another return man, which meant there was no room on the active list for Peake. That's disappointing because he's the kind of player who should be getting as many reps as possible at this stage of the season.

The Jets actually targeted their tight ends four times with Brandon Bostick and Austin Seferian-Jenkins combining for three short catches. Seferian-Jenkins also contributed a good short yardage block, although Bostick fared less well on a stretch zone play.

Eric Tomlinson continues to impress in limited action as a blocking tight end. I suspect he might be a keeper. The Jets don't seem to miss Kellen Davis.

Defensive Line

Bent: There was a major change this week, as the Jets employed Leonard Williams primarily at defensive end and Muhammad Wilkerson at defensive tackle. It's something the team has gradually been shifting towards over the past few games.

Once again, Wilkerson had a depressingly unproductive game with just a couple of pressures and two run stops. He also jumped offside on third and short - although this was yet another example of the Patriots bending the rules and getting the benefit of a questionable call.

Something I kept noticing was the Wilkerson was constantly dropping off after an initial rush. Things like that are difficult to quantify but, by my count, he was in on 44 pass plays and he only penetrated more than two yards into the backfield on 23 of them. That means almost half the time he was effectively still a yard or two from the line of scrimmage when the pass was thrown.

There's obviously a strategic aspect to this, and most of the time it was a result of Wilkerson being double teamed at the line and dropping off to give everyone else room to work but it still raises questions.

Was that the gameplan or Wilkerson reacting to the fact he wasn't going to get how? If it was the gameplan, did the Jets decide to do this because they didn't feel Wilkerson would have much success getting into the backfield? Is he not getting to the quarterback because of his injuries so the Jets were scheming around that? If it was a reaction, is that smart on his part, or is it laziness? Are the Jets punishing him by forcing him to do more dirty work while others get a chance to post numbers? It would be interesting to know if Wilkerson would have been frustrated at having to drop off rather than getting the chance to "eat" or happy to follow a gameplan that seemed to work.

It's difficult not to question Wilkerson's effort and professionalism based on how the season has gone so far because he looks like a totally different player than the past few years, but let's not completely rule out the other factors that could be at play.

Williams produced well at defensive end with several pressures. He had just two tackles though, with one just short of the marker to force a punt on the first drive.

Sheldon Richardson seems more at home now that he's not playing the rush linebacker role, but his production is still falling short of what we'd have expected from him in the past. He had a couple of quarterback hits and a tackle for loss, but was also driven off the line on one running play. He created good penetration on a couple of plays.

Steve McLendon, Deon Simon and Anthony Johnson played a rotational role off the bench. Simon jumped into the neutral zone once and Johnson was driven off the line on one play.

Linebackers

BentDarron Lee returned to a starting role this week and produced an upgrade over the struggling Julian Stanford. However, he missed a chance to win the game when he was just a split second too late out into the flat on a fourth down pass to James White. That sums him up perfectly right now, as if he could have anticipate that play just a fraction of a second faster, it would have been a huge play and that's how close he is to making a consistent impact.

Lee made some good plays in coverage but was beaten for a couple of first downs and got caught inside a couple of times against the run. He also overpursued badly in space once.

David Harris made some solid plays and ended up tied with Lee as the team's leading tackler as he posted 11 tackles for the second week in a row. He made one bad mistake though, vacating his running lane and allowing the runner to cut back and into the open field for a big gain.

Lorenzo Mauldin had a couple of pressures and made some plays against the run but lost contain on an outside run and missed an open field tackle in space. He was also manhandled at the line and blocked to the ground on one running play.

Jordan Jenkins contributed four tackles and a hit, while Mike Catapano did not record a tackle, but pressured Tom Brady once.

In limited action off the bench, Josh Martin did well beating his man outside a few times to generate pressure. He's a player who Belichick praised during the week, albeit presumably based on his special teams contributions. Perhaps he deserves more time on defense.

Defensive Backs

BentDarrelle Revis had another rough game. The Patriots ignored him for most of the game, but went after him a few times on third down and in the red zone. He was beaten for two touchdowns and a couple of first downs. He also showed a disappointing effort on one third down play where a running back caught the ball in the flat and he was in a position to get in on the tackle. Instead, he kind of half-heartedly waved a shoulder at the runner and left Harris to complete the tackle. The runner dragged Harris almost to the marker and the Patriots picked up the first down on 4th-and-short.

In the starting line-up with Marcus Williams still out, Darryl Roberts also struggled, giving up a couple of first downs including one on third down. Roberts' worst play saw him called for pass interference on a deep throw where the pass was disrupted and probably could have been intercepted if he just got his head turned around.



Compounding matters, later on there was a play where he looked back for the ball too early and the receiver got behind him in the end zone and probably should have made the diving catch for a touchdown. At least he was trying to make the adjustment - and to give credit where it's due, he did get his head turned on another end zone throw to break it up. Hopefully he will show better instincts as he continues to develop, but there's plenty of room for improvement.

Roberts almost had another offensive pass interference penalty on a deep throw to Rob Gronkowski, but the officials and announcers both ignored the fact that Gronkowski blatantly pushed him off to create the initial separation from which he was forced to grab Gronkowski's arm.

Buster Skrine gave up a few first downs, including one on third down, and had a missed tackle. He was in on one stop in the flat and had one pressure as a pass rusher. On the coverage breakdown that led to the long completion to set up the winning score, it's difficult to know who was at fault, but this looked very similar to some early season plays where Skrine stayed up to cover the flat and someone ended up wide open down the field.

At safety, Marcus Gilchrist was beaten a few times in coverage, twice for a first down and once on a deep ball that was overthrown. He made a potentially big play when he prevented the back from scoring on the two-point conversion though.

Calvin Pryor came up and made a couple of nice plays in run support and had a pass break-up in coverage. However, he overpursued and missed a tackle in the flat on one play and seemed to be late getting over or slightly out of position in zone coverage a few times.

Finally, Rontez Miles made a play against the run, a good play in coverage and a third down stop, but he was cut to the ground on the edge on the run that allowed the Patriots to run out the clock.

Special teams

Bent: Once again, special teams let the Jets down as Nick Folk had a 54-yard field goal blocked just before half time. Folk had earlier made a 51-yarder, his longest of the season. The field goal was blocked because Tanner Purdum was driven back after the snap, with the officials once again ignoring the fact that the nearest guy to Purdum didn't appear to have his whole body outside the long snapper's shoulders as the ball was snapped. Qvale and Johnson were also flat-backed on the left side of the line, which didn't help.

With Jalin Marshall seemingly permanently out of a job as the return man, Jeremy Ross had an underwhelming performance in his place. He didn't get past the 25 on any of his kickoff returns and gained 10 yards on his only punt return. He made a great play to dive on the ball and rescue a possession after a punt deflected off Skrine deep in Jets' territory for a potentially costly muff, though.

Ross was involved in a controversial moment when the officials decided not to penalize the Patriots for the most blatant fair catch interference violation you could expect to see. Had they decided that Ross didn't indicate clearly enough that he was making a fair catch (he did) then they should have flagged the Jets for an invalid fair catch signal, so it's difficult to know what they saw there.

Punter Lac Edwards had another underwhelming game, averaging a 42 yards per punt net on his first three kicks. His last punt was a 27-yard net but the return was negated by a penalty so that at least meant the Patriots had to go 83 yards on the game-winning drive. Juston Burris drew that flag.

There was one illegal block in the back penalty called on the Jets but it wasn't clear whether it was Tomlinson or Miles who was flagged, as both seemed to be guilty on the same play and no number was announced.

Martin made another special teams tackle, but has dropped from first to sixth in the NFL in terms of special teams tackles over the past few weeks. Bostick also had an important stop in the open field.

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland is going back to school, just not as a student. 

The 27-year-old plans to teach a financial literacy course at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, during the spring semester, according to the New York Post.

The class Copeland will teach is called "Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy" and he will teach it alongside Brian Peterson, who has a doctorate in education. 

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The Jets will head into the offseason with more salary cap space than almost every other team in the NFL. They've vowed to be aggressive. They have an obvious need for offensive play-makers.

And they have absolutely no excuse to do whatever it takes to make sure they land free agent running back Le'Veon Bell.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath Before the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath Before the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It was set to be a good Week 11 matchup between two top teams in the American Football League. But, on this date 50 years ago, a game between the Jets and Raiders would change professional football forever. 

On Nov. 17, 1968, the Jets took a late 32-29 lead over the Raiders with 1:05 left to go in the fourth quarter. The game was being aired on NBC, and after cutting to a commercial following the score, the game never came back on. 

Instead, the movie "Heidi" ran at its 7 o'clock start time despite the game not being over. And, of course, the game ended in dramatic fashion with the Raiders scoring two touchdowns in the final nine seconds to win 43-32.

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SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

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Halfway through the season, Bart Scott and Ray Lucas give their midseason grades for the Jets. Some grades are better than others.

As the Jets enter their bye week, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott break down their midseason report cards for New York this season. And they aren't pretty...

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Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the latest episode of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon face the reality that Jonas' fear of a loss to the Bills came true in the worst possible way. The guys look at the potentially very short future of the tenure of Todd Bowles, wonder if Mike Maccagnan deserves the blame as well, and hand out some hardware - that's right - the bye week means a mid-season award show on The Jet Stream!

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

An online sportsbook already pegs the Jets as favorites to land Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell in free agency. And several other NFL sources reportedly believe he's headed to the Meadowlands, too.

One Steelers source told Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, "I think it's a foregone conclusion" that Bell dons green and white next season, and several other people around the league believe the same.

Of the 10 NFL personnel sources Freeman spoke to, six believe Bell will be a Jet next season after he sit out the 2018 season with Pittsburgh.

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Sam Darnold sits down with Jeane Coakley to chat rookie life in New York, on Jets Nation: Midseason Report, Thursday at 6:30p on SNY.

Sam Darnold sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to chat rookie life in New York, including watching NBA games courtside with Josh McCown.

"I would not have been able to play professional basketball," the Jets quarterback said. "Those guys are freak athletes that can also shoot the ball and can handle it, so it's pretty incredible to watch them play up close."

See the full interview on "Jets Nation: Midseason Report," Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on SNY.

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Le'Veon Bell refused to report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. on Tuesday and is officially ineligible to play the 2018 season.

This could be good news for the Jets. 

The 26-year-old running back will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and the Jets will likely be in the market to upgrade their backfield. 

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jamal Adams told Bleacher Report during the offseason that the 2017 Jets lacked energy in the locker room and seemed as if "everybody wanted to do the bare minimum."

Now halfway into the 2018 season, the safety says it's same old, same old.

"Honestly, I can sit here and sugarcoat everything, but things have not changed," Adams said Tuesday on WFAN's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show. "Obviously we're still losing and I'm not saying that we have guys like that in the locker room. But at the same time it's not changing, it hasn't changed and we've been losing. At the end of the day we're going to get it fixed, and the sun will shine."

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September 16, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Marquis Flowers (59) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Lions 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
September 16, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Marquis Flowers (59) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Lions 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Jets are bringing in former Lions OLB Marquis Flowers for a workout on Tuesday, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

New York could use all the help it can get on defense -- with Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills serving as the latest bit of evidence.

Flowers, who was taken by the Bengals in the sixth round in the 2014 NFL Draft, has played in five games with the Lions this season, including their season-opening loss to the Jets on Sept. 10. He tallied one solo tackle and one assist for Detroit before the team cut him on Oct. 10.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Todd Bowles is on the hot seat with the Jets. Mike Maccagnan is not.

That may not seem fair, considering they came to New York together in 2015 and have had equal hands in this Jets mess ever since, but that's the way it appears to be, according to several sources familiar with the Jets' thinking. Bowles seems to be on the fast track to being fired after the season while Maccagnan's job doesn't appear to be in danger at all.

And the reason is simple: Maccagnan's job is to build for the long term, and his long-stated plan has been to compete for a playoff berth in 2019. All his moves -- including moving up in the draft to land the Jets their franchise quarterback -- have been with that goal in mind. And part of that plan was to capitalize on the $100 million-plus in salary cap space he created for them to use next offseason.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A day after the Jets were crushed by the Bills, head coach Todd Bowles was as even keeled as usual during his roughly eight-minute conversation with reporters on Monday.

Bowles, whose job status is tenuous, said he has not yet spoken with Jets owner Christopher Johnson about his future.

Johnson declined comment on Bowles after Sunday's game.

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Rex Ryan on 'Get Up' (via @raymanjr, ESPN)
Rex Ryan on 'Get Up' (via @raymanjr, ESPN)

Rex Ryan is not pulling any punches when it comes to his former team. 

A day after the Jets' 41-10 loss at home to the Matt Barkley-led Bills, the former Gang Green head coach appeared on ESPN's 'Get Up' and called it "one of the most humiliating defeats' in team history. And that is coming from the man who coached the Buttfumble game. 

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Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets were humiliated by the Bills on Sunday, with calls coming after for the team to fire head coach Todd Bowles. 

Click below to see how the back pages in New York reacted...

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A year ago, Jets owner Christopher Johnson made it clear he won't judge Todd Bowles on wins and losses alone. He said his evaluation would be about "progression" and whether or not he saw it would "be obvious to all."

It certainly was obvious on Sunday afternoon when the Buffalo Bills humiliated Bowles' Jets 41-10. New York looked unprepared, disinterested and incredibly incompetent.

And if Johnson wasn't considering firing Bowles before that, he certainly has to be now.

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Firing Bowles best for Jets? 00:01:26
On Jets Post-Game Live, Bart Scott and Willie Colon discuss if firing Todd Bowles would be beneficial for the Jets or create more problems.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson declined comment on the job status of head coach Todd Bowles after Sunday's humiliation at the hands of the Bills.

And shortly after, Bowles spoke about the 41-10 loss that sealed the Jets' fate this season and may have sealed his fate as someone who's on the way out the door. 

"We stunk it up as coaches. We stunk it up as players," Bowles said. "Everybody played bad. Everybody coached bad."

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SNY's Week 10 Jets Report Card 00:02:04
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets lost to the Bills on Sunday, 41-10.

The Jets crew hands out grades after New York's humiliating 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Buster Skrine were among the players who defended head coach Todd Bowles after Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

"T-Bowles is not the problem," Adams told reporters. "I'm gonna ride with T-Bowles until the end. It doesn't matter. I don't care what the fans say. It's T-Bowles. I'm gonna support my coach."

Sunday's loss, an embarrassment in which the Jets were outgained 451-199, committed two turnovers and trailed 31-3 at halftime, was New York's fourth straight loss and dropped the Jets to 3-7 heading into their bye week. 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown reacts during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown reacts during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets head to the bye week with a 3-7 record after a humiliating 41-10 loss to the Bills. Let's review three of the best and worst performances from Sunday's game.

Losers

QB Josh McCown

In his first start since last December, McCown was disappointingly erratic. He went just 17-for-34 with two interceptions, as he had five passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. Most of his 134 yards came in garbage time, as he averaged just four yards per attempt. Moreover, the majority of those yards came after the catch as the Jets ran an uninspiring horizontal passing offense.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Buster Skrine, Elijah McGuire, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold
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Jets unhappy after Bills loss 00:00:55
Todd Bowles, Jamal Adams and other Jets players voice their disappointment after their blowout loss to the Buffalo Bill

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A week ago the Jets threw away their playoff hopes with a loss in Miami, but at least they showed some fight in that game.

This week, against the horrible Buffalo Bills, the Jets didn't show up at all.

In what has to be one of the worst losses in a franchise history filled with terrible losses, the Jets absolutely embarrassed themselves in their 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday. They were down 31-0 in the first half to a team that had totaled 20 points in its last three games. They were outgained 186 yards to 1 - one! - in the first quarter and 313-68 by halftime.

Tags: Elijah McGuire, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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If these truly are the final games of the Todd Bowles era, the Jets have an enormous, franchise-defining decision to make. If they expect to be a contender in 2019, if they expect Sam Darnold to be their long-awaited franchise savior, the next coach they hire absolutely can't miss.

So whom could they hire to replace Bowles? Here's a look at 12 candidates that figure to be on their list:

Tags: Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot strain) will be inactive against the Bills on Sunday afternoon.

Darnold's status had been in doubt all week, and it was revealed Thursday that Josh McCown would get the start. However, head coach Todd Bowles had not ruled Darnold out as the potential backup.

However, the Jets' hand was tipped a bit on Saturday when SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that QB Davis Webb was going to be activated from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game...

Tags: Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Danny Abriano
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Jets QB Josh McCown (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
Jets QB Josh McCown (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Jets (3-6) vs. Buffalo Bills (2-7) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It'll be a chilly day, with temperatures topping out in the mid-40s and moderate winds. It should be sunny, though.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Jets pretty much took any real meaning out of this game by losing to the Dolphins a week ago. A win only gets them back to 4-6 heading into their bye week, and they'd still need a miracle against a tough schedule after Thanksgiving to even sniff a shot at the playoffs. So all a win does is make them feel a little happier heading into their week off. But a loss? Whoa, would that turn things in a bad way against the Jets. This is an awful Bills team that even the Jets should crush, especially with veteran Josh McCown taking over at quarterback for a suddenly shaky Sam Darnold. If they lose this game, they could be headed to a season worse than last year, and there may be nothing that could save Todd Bowles' job.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

On the latest episode of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz is joined by NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger and ESPN's Rich Cimini to discuss the injury to Sam Darnold, who watched practice in a walking boot on Tuesday. They break down the strained foot of the rookie quarterback, the progress of his on-field development, and the state of the Jets moving forward as the season starts to splinter for Todd Bowles.

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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) looks for an open man during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) looks for an open man during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles wouldn't completely rule out rookie QB Sam Darnold against the Bills. But their latest roster move says otherwise.

The Jets will activate QB Davis Webb from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. And while the Jets haven't officially confirmed it yet, Webb is expected to be the team's backup. 

Darnold was listed as doubtful on the Jets' injury report after being diagnosed with a foot strain earlier this week. Bowles told the media on Thursday that veteran QB Josh McCown will get the start for the Jets, with Darnold not expected to be 100 percent.

Tags: Davis Webb, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold
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Bowles talks McCown 00:00:39
Todd Bowles talks about Josh McCown starting in place of Sam Darnold this Sunday vs the Bills

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets had no intentions of sitting Sam Darnold, no matter how much he's struggled over the last few weeks. They were going to let him play through his growing pains, to find his own way out, no matter what it did to their season.

Maybe that's the right way to do it. No doubt most NFL quarterbacks would argue that it is.

But given how lost he's looked on the field for the last three weeks, it couldn't hurt for Darnold to watch a little from the sidelines. So maybe this strained foot he suffered will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 4, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley (5) on the field before a game against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Nov 4, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley (5) on the field before a game against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Bills announced QB Matt Barkley will start against the Jets on Sunday.

The 28-year-old former USC product was signed by the Bills on Oct. 30 as insurance and has not played a down in the NFL since 2016.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen
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Sam Darnold will not start 00:00:44
Todd Bowles announced Sam Darnold won't be the starter Sunday vs. the Bills, however, he could serve as the backup to Josh McCown

QB Sam Darnold (foot) was officially ruled doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills, but there should be no concern for his 39-year-old backup stepping into his place. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles has no worried about Josh McCown filling in. 

"He looks like a spring chicken right now," Bowles told reporters on Friday. 

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold
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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Jets S Jamal Adams jokingly blamed Tuesday's 'liking' of a tweet that linked him to signing a future mega-deal with the Cowboys on an innocent case of "Twitter fingers."

That's what he told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Thursday, correcting his social media slip-up with a declaration of his love for the Jets.

"I would love to be a Jet for life… and finish my career here," Adams told the Daily News. "God willing, that's definitely the plan…. That would be a dream come true. There's not that many guys that have played this game who have stuck with one team. That would be an honor. I would love to."

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