McDonald: After Another Loss, The Jets Real Season Starts In Two Weeks

Yes, this was the story of the Jets season.

Almost, but just not enough in the Texans 29-22 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium today.  

And in the NFL, there are no trophies for valiant efforts, instead this is what gets coaches fired, which is what Todd Bowles is going to learn in a few weeks.

But today, it was the same old, Jets and same old story, which doesn’t make for sexy copy, but the truth hurts.

And Bowles is sounding like a broken record.

“It’s frustrating to lose the ballgame,” Bowles said. “We could have finished it a bunch of different ways, weather it was on offense or defense. We didn’t finish it.”

Plug that quote into the nine other loses Bowles endured this season. He sounds the same.

More importantly, this is the sound of a guy who knows his employment will be terminated shortly before 2019 becomes a reality. Even if the Jets win the next two games, they will eclipse the records of the last two seasons. That’s not enough. Not with a franchise quarterback on the roster. And remember they still have to win the next two games.

No, this season is over and the Jets will be looking for someone to take over for Bowles, a nice man, who seems better suited for the coordinator role he had in Arizona.

And that’s when the real work starts. Since the Buffalo game a month ago, this season was a done deal. The Jets were just a dead team walking and waiting for the true season to start on Dec. 30.

Because that’s when the real work will have to start. It will start for the Johnson brothers, who will have to make the decision on Bowles (Yeah, he’s toast) and general manager Mike Maccagnan (The jury is still out) and will have to then come up with the tough job of filling those roles.

Before you get your hopes up, remember, their record here isn’t that great recently in hiring coaches and executives. Rex Ryan proved to be more of a blowhard than an NFL coach and Eric Mangini was also a member of the not ready for prime-time coaches.

Let’s not even get into GMs, either. Before Maccagnan, you had John Izdik, who was even worse than what we have currently. So if Maccagnan goes, there’s no guarantee the next guy will be any better.

This is what the Jet fans have to look forward to in the coming months. Their record is poor with coordinators coming in as coaches and finding a good GM is like finding Nemo in Florham Park. It’s not an easy task.

And you will hear the big names floated around. Mike McCarthy will be the biggest name out there and Ron Rivera may get let go in Carolina, but like every other Jet pursuit, there will be other teams offering more. The Jets will need a culture change.

Don’t get me wrong, with Sam Darnold on the team, the Jets still can have a bright future, but right now it chaos and things need to be rectified soon.

Or this story will happen again next year.

The clock starts on Dec. 30. That’s when the true Jets season starts. Will they finally hire the right coach for this club and put the right decision maker in the front office?

Or will it be more of the same?

We will soon find out.

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About the Author

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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