By far, the New York Jets are one of the most disappointing teams of the 2016 season. After coming off a 10-6 record the previous year, the Jets went into the 2016 campaign with hopes of competing with the New England Patriots for the AFC East Title. But the Jets reverted to their old losing ways and are now in the last place in the division. There have been numerous reports coming out of New York that head coach Todd Bowles should be fired at the end of this season.
You can point to the Jets 41-10 beatdown by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Football as a valid reason that Bowles should be fired, but I believe he deserves another chance. Todd Bowles and the Jets front office made a crucial mistake when they made the decision to draft Christian Hackenberg instead of Dak Prescott as the team’s quarterback of the future.
With the talent on the defensive side of the ball and the playmakers, they have on offense; Prescott would still be in a winning situation if he were selected by the Jets. Instead, they decided to play the waiting game with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who held out for the majority of training camp due to wanting a new contract. The result of that is the Jets having a 3-9 record and a mess at the quarterback position.
In a draft, that is not loaded with potential starting quarterbacks; the Jets desperately need one. However, there are some options through free agency that Bowles and the Jets front office can pursue to bolster the quarterback position. Tony Romo and Jay Cutler are expected to hit the market after the season has ended, you can expect the Jets front office to make a move for either one of those quarterbacks.
Even if the Jets signed Romo or Cutler, they still need a quarterback that is capable of contending with New England for the next 10 to 15 years. If you have paid close attention to the AFC East this season, you notice that the three other teams have winning records for the time being and could be better next season. If Todd Bowles cannot solve the issues at the quarterback position, the Jets will continue to be the laughing stock of the AFC East for the foreseeable future.
I know that fans were expecting a lot from the Jets this season, but they must realize that as long as the team continues to struggle at the quarterback position, they will continue to say “wait until next year” in the “Big Apple.” Todd Bowles must make a power move to solidify their quarterback position, if not “Black Monday” could come early for him next season. But for now, he deserves another chance at righting the ship in New York.
Photos courtesy of New York Post
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