Jets OC John Morton said his team waved the white flag last Sunday against the Broncos, with his team trailing, 23-0, in the fourth quarter.
"Listen, the game was out of hand and I didn't want to let some bad stuff happen," Morton said. "At that time, I don't like to say, 'No mas,' but it was time to get out of there. They kicked our butts, they kicked our butts. Sometimes that happens in the National Football League."
At that point, the Jets also had Bryce Petty at quarterback after he replaced the injured Josh McCown.
The Jets went three-and-out on their last four posessions of the game, running nine rushing plays and three pass plays -- none of which were aimed downfield.
Morton explained that fear of one of his receivers getting injured factored in to his decision, and that he just wanted to "run it and get out of there."
"Listen, we were behind, we didn't have a chance," he said said. "I mean, they're just dropping back in coverage and we're just going to be throwing and forcing balls. I didn't want that. I didn't think that was fair. Call it whatever you want, I just thought that was the right decision."
I know there are some people bothered by this, but I don't get it at all. Jets offensive coordinator John Morton gave an honest and reasonable answer to a question about why he wasn't being more aggressive with his play calling in the fourth quarter.
There were 11 1/2 minutes left, his starting quarterback was out, the day had been a disaster and his team was down 23-0. The Jets couldn't execute basic plays at that point, and now everyone wants Morton to start throwing down the field?
Crazy. He was right, even if his answer is viewed with some sort of mock horror. And by the way, from 11:33 to 2:09, the Jets had nine plays. Four of them were passes. Three were incomplete and on the fourth, Petty had to scramble.
So Morton really didn't wave the white flag until he called three straight basic runs starting with 2:09 remaining. By then, only the delusional thought the Jets still had a chance.