The New York Jets managed to drop a 16-point lead against the Tennessee Titans, and make their coach Todd Bowles furious.
“I may not show it here, but, yeah, I’m fuming.” Jets head coach stated at the press conference.
And how couldn’t he, when his boys had a win in their hands, and let it slip away.
Jets were leading 22-19 with 1:46 until the end of the game, when they practically handed a triumph to the Titans with three penalties during their drive. It was almost unbelievable how things developed on the field. Morris Claiborne held his rival, Jenkins was penalized for illegal use of hands, and the most painful one, Trumaine Johnson’s face mask grabbing.
While the first one didn’t do any serious damage to the Jets, latter two cost them 20 yards. The play in which Johnson committed his penalty brought 40 yards to the Titans, as they won 25 and received the additional 15. That is the moment which decided the game. It was evident that the momentum is on the side of the hosts.
The home team took their first lead of the game, exactly 36 before its end. All along, the visitors had the upper edge.
“I don’t know how many [penalties] we had, but it felt like we had one every play,” he said. “It cost us, and it’s disgusting,” Bowles stated during the press conference.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 3, 2018
Maybe for the first time in his stint with the Jets, Bowles put the blame on the players. The 55-year old never pointed a finger towards his players, but he felt the need to share his feelings with the public.
“We played the same way the whole day, and just dumb mistakes at dumb times cost us ballgames,” Bowles said. “That’s why we’re in the position we’re in.”
And really, the Jets did make some questionable plays on the field. They committed 11 penalties, for 96 yards.
The offensive part of the team couldn’t score a touchdown, and they have only three TD’s in the last five contests.
Todd Bowles is under huge pressure, and his job is on the line. According to several sources from the league, it appears that the Jets are seriously considering replacing him. The current record of three wins and nine defeats is something unexpected, even though the Jets have a rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold.
Now, the New York-based franchise isn’t known for firing their coaches during the season, and in the last 48 years, they haven’t done such a thing.
Still, Bowles and CEO Christopher Johnson had a long talk in the locker room after a defeat in Buffalo.
The players stood up and took their share of the guilt. Majority of them admitted making bad decisions on the field, claiming that the fault is all theirs.
“It’s not the coaches, man. That game is on us. We gave it to them. … No disrespect, but it bothers me that we keep hearing [it’s the coaches’ fault]. It’s not their fault.” Jamal Adams told the reporters.
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) December 3, 2018
Leonard Williams also backed up Bowles.
“Jamal [Adams] said it in here earlier: [The coaches] are taking the fall because they’re higher up, but a lot of times it’s us making the mistakes,”
Jets have four games to play until the end of the season, and two wins might save Bowles position. They now travel to Buffalo, to meet the Bills who handed them a tough loss at home on Nov. 11th, 10-41.
After that match, Jets play Texans and Green Bay at home, and close the season in Foxborough against the Patriots.
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