Unlike the previous week, the Jets offense looked stale in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday.
Consistency is what the players didn't see from the unit after the game. As the Jets tried to find a rhythm, something would halt them in their tracks. Josh McCown says it's on the veterans like him because they didn't pull the team together.
"Myself and the other veterans have to pull these [young] guys along, help us find consistency and be better," McCown told Jets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "Because every unit, at some point this year, has played and shown that they can play with the best in the league. But we have to do that for four quarters week in and week out and we didn't do that today. We have to take these next two weeks to get healthy, look in the mirror and figure out ways to do that and be better, so we can make a run down the stretch."
Converting on third downs was tough for the Jets all game long as they finished 3-for-15 in that category. Penalties also dug them into an early hole, and they couldn't battle back from it.
"We were behind the stick a lot," McCown added. "Whether it was self-inflicted penalties or just not executing well on first and second down. You play a game with thrid-and-seven plus a lot and it's going to go that way. It's hard and that's the league. you have to give yourself better chances."
McCown finished 23-for-39 for 262 yards, one interception, and one late touchdown to WR Robby Anderson that was too little too late with seconds left in the fourth.
The run game was an advantage for the Jets against the Bills a week ago. They rushed for 194 total yards, but were held to a mere 56 total yards on Sunday. With Matt Forte out, it was up to Bilal Powell to pick up the slack. However, he only amassed 30 yards on 10 attempts, and that includes a 21-yard carry.
Elijah McGuire, who saw eight carries for 22 yards, agreed with McCown that penalties threw off the Jets' offensive game plan from the start.
"Getting penalties early in the game liek that gets us away from our game plan," McGuire said. "We took a different route and tried to make something happen. We have to cut down on the penalties as the season goes on, so we can get back to what we're used to."
Anderson, who has now scored in four consecutive games, says the Jets need to let the other team make the mistakes instead of hurting themselves.
"It's tough," Anderson said. "It's just us hurting ourselves. A lot of our mistakes isn't really like a blown coverage or them stopping us. It's just us stopping ourselves. We have to cross that bridge and we have to solve that issue."