That is how loopy life has grow to be across the Jets.
Todd Bowles couldn’t even announce Friday that child quarterback Sam Darnold might be again beginning at Buffalo on Sunday — though Darnold has practiced totally this week and 39-year-old Josh McCown had been restricted till Friday.
Bowles stated he and his workers will make the choice Sunday. Bowles and the Jets proceed to play foolish video games, believing it provides them some type of Invoice Belichick-like aggressive benefit.
Here’s what provides you a bonus: Taking part in higher. Profitable. Altering the tradition. Perhaps that method you don’t have to vary the coach each few years.
There’s a management vacuum on the Jets because the gamers make the identical undisciplined errors seemingly each week. They’ll change the coach, they usually can add some expertise within the offseason, however simply as essential and mandatory is an enchancment within the organizational tradition to really repair errors.
The dysfunction exhibits itself in some ways, however you possibly can all the time depend on one factor — will probably be inexperienced. On Friday, underperforming linebacker Darron Lee was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse coverage.
This tradition of accepting dropping and accepting errors week in and week out should change.
If you happen to had been within the Jets’ locker room Friday, you’ll suppose this 3-9 staff had been headed to the playoffs as an alternative of mired in one other misplaced season, as gamers laughed and joked with each other flanked by two big blow-up Santa Clauses.
This isn’t about naming a brand new coach or giving common supervisor Mike Maccagnan extra energy. It’s about making the Jets extra accountable as a corporation.
Enhance the communication. Maintain gamers accountable for errors on and off the sphere. This can be a sport that preaches communication as a part of its holy grail — communication, toughness and intuition.
Right here’s a query for Jets followers: What has this staff performed to earn your belief?
This can be a staff that may’t belief itself on the sphere, discovering new methods to lose week after week. The Tremendous Bowl is a fable to this group.
Once I requested Bowles what the most important factor the group can enhance upon sooner or later is — not what he may enhance upon, however what the group may enhance upon — his mouth moved and these robotic phrases got here out: “No one is glad with 3-9. We are able to coach higher. We are able to play higher. Clearly we are able to do a whole lot of issues higher as a bunch and a corporation. In order that’s what we’re making an attempt to do.”
A solution with no specifics, no consideration to element, no steering. That’s your Jets head coach, motivator of males.
There was one factor I heard Friday that gave me a smidgen of hope for the long run, and it was stated by defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Requested in regards to the killer penalties towards the Titans, he stated: “We had the lead the entire recreation. We actually misplaced on small particulars after which penalties. You see how a lot penalties can price you a recreation. It sucks to have the ability to play fairly effectively and nonetheless lose a recreation due to penalties. I feel the blokes notice it. The coaches notice it. We did an enormous emphasis on arduous depend, all that kind of stuff in follow this week. We’re engaged on it.’’
Requested what might be performed so the Jets should not in the identical dropping place subsequent December, Williams answered: “I feel the most important factor is that we discover the small particulars, like penalties, have an effect on us, and we begin to work more durable on it like afterward within the season once we discover it. It’s one thing we’ve been speaking about for the reason that starting of the season, however because it’s not affecting you but, you don’t actually discover it. As soon as we begin noticing it, that’s when guys are like, ‘Man, let’s repair that.’ I really feel once we put emphasis like that at first of the 12 months, will probably be a bit bit completely different.’’
The gamers ought to have had that mentality from Day 1 of coaching camp. Clearly it wasn’t drilled into them.
This dropping group can’t fall into the identical lure. 12 months after misplaced 12 months.