Hope has turned to despair in Florham Park.
Seriously, does anyone think the Jets will walk into Nashville this week and beat the Titans, even with Sam Darnold back at quarterback?
Do you really think it will happen?
No, didn’t think so.
But this is what the Jets are right now. A dead team walking, who will be forced to endure the last month of the season wondering how high of a draft pick they will have this spring and who will be named Todd Bowles successor, when he is let go right after the season ends.
And that’s the shame, because six weeks ago, the Jets were considered contenders, after looking great against the Colts everything went south. A loss to the Vikings and then in Miami put the Jets into a tailspin. Then they lost Darnold for a few weeks.
Josh McCown looked all his 39 years old and there was no chance against the Bills and then the Patriots.
Bowles became a dead coach walking.
Now the Jets shouldn’t just tank over the next four weeks. That would be just too easy for a club looking to be in the top 5 in the draft. If they have any pride, Bowles, who will get another job as a coordinator eventually, will have this team play at 100 percent.
Remember, other than Darnold and maybe Jamal Adams, nobody is safe on this team.
With $80 million in cap space general manager Mike Maccagnan – if he keeps his job – can revamp the roster for a new coach, an offensive minded coach. This will be a very different club next season. All of them on the offensive side are going to be geared to Darnold.
The bottom line is that the Jets had a golden opportunity this year to create some buzz, but blew it. They had the golden pick and a young hungry club, which just gave up on its coach.
Bowles will pay for it with his job, but the Jets also took a step back this season, which is just inexcusable.
It’s something the next coach cannot tolerate or the Jets will be back in the same position next season.
Spinning the wheels and not getting off the ground.
Yes, the same old Jets and another lost season.