Jets Must Preach Patience With Quarterback & Demand Accountability From Head Coach
by John Jastremski
Sep 26, 2018 | 760 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If I would have told you back in mid-August that the Jets, with a rookie starting at quarterback, would have a record of 1-2, you wouldn’t have been the least bit surprised.

In fact, you probably would have expected it.

They were not a team with playoff expectations, nor one of the more talented rosters in the sport.

The season expectations for some fans dramatically changed right after Week 1.

The Jets could not have looked better in routing the Detroit Lions on the road in front of a primetime audience.

Sam Darnold looked terrific in his rookie debut and the Jets defense was forcing turnovers left and right.

It was a beautiful start to the season, but unfortunately it took the expectations of some fans and put them completely out of whack.

I couldn’t believe listening to some talking heads on local radio (not named JJ!) and fans suggesting the 2018 Jets could be a playoff team.

After one game? Talk about jumping the gun!

It was unfair and unreasonable to put such expectations on a Jets team that still has significant holes and is not ready to win in 2018.

The back-to-back losses to the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns shouldn’t have come as a surprise. But the way they lost to the Browns made the outcome much worse.

The Jets were poorly coached on Thursday. No if’s, and's or but's.

They built a 14-point lead and knocked Browns starter Tyrod Taylor out of the game. It should have been a game ready made to order, until it wasn’t.

The Jets were not prepared for what Browns own rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was going to bring to the game, and his presence changed the entire complexion.

The Jets defense, which frustrated Tyrod Taylor, had no answers for Baker Mayfield.

In addition, the Jets committed the sort of self-inflicted wounds that are far too common on a poorly coached football team.

On several occasions, the Jets committed penalties that extended Cleveland drives. In one such case, the Jets were penalized on what appeared to be a stop on a two-point conversion.

Instead of preserving the lead, the Jets gave the Browns another opportunity. They capitalized, seized momentum and won the game in the fourth quarter.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles has seen his team penalized quite a bit over the last few years, and has vowed to fix the problem.

But actions speak louder than words, coach.

If I am supposed to believe that you are the right man for the job long term, it’s time for your team to look a lot crisper.

On the flip side, we all know the Jets have their future franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold. It’s pretty obvious how talented he is, but if you are a Jets fan you must be patient.

There will be a few more rough days like the one Darnold experienced last Thursday. That’s life in the NFL for a rookie.

You’ll ride the rollercoaster.

Sam Darnold needs to get those growing pains out of the way and the Jets will be a better franchise for it.

As Jets fans you need to give your quarterback the benefit of the doubt, as for your head coach not so much.

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