A source described Jets owner Woody Johnson this way to The Post after Panthers 30, Jets 20:I'm sure Woody isn't all that thrilled after any loss, but if I was going to be "not happy" after any one loss dating back to the bye, it would have been loss to the Bills in Buffalo rather than this loss to one of the league's best teams. The DeAngelo Williams play, the punt-block and the pick-six were all unfortunate and painful in their own way, but by almost every measure, the Panthers are just a much better team and sooner or later plays like that are going to happen when two mismatched teams play. If anything, the Jets have to be commended for holding it to 16-13 well into the fourth quarter.
Just like last night's season finale of Homeland, you had to see how this Panthers game was going to end from miles away. But we understand why such a loss is disheartening and takes away any carrot that the Jets players might have been vainly chasing. Even so, now with the benefit of hindsight it was that Bills loss that really did in the team's second half relevance.
Why did the Jets lose that game? Geno Smith had four turnovers in the game and Da'Norris Searcy's pick-six pushed Geno to the bench in favor of Matt Simms.
Geno Smith by the way has tallied five pick-sixes and is is now tied for third (along with 11 others) all time among the total number of pick-sixes in one season. I'm not looking to make anyone a scapegoat, but to explain that in the current pass-driven NFL, if the quarterback spot can't play well, then pretty much everything else is going to suffer. Geno won't win any awards for his play Sunday, but it was markedly better against a good team ... no small feat.
Woody might not be happy with the result of yesterday's game, but if winning against the Panthers was the fool's errand that the team's owner set forth for Rex Ryan to keep his job as Serby seems to suggest, then maybe this team has bigger problems than just who the coach is or isn't.