By Brad Carroll
Fans of the New York Jets can be forgiven for forgetting how bad the team they root for really is. After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a shocker two weeks ago, there was a bye week and then a postponement from Sunday to Monday night for their game against the Buffalo Bills, which included a site change as well, from Buffalo to Detroit. So, it was a long time between losses for the Jets and their fans.
Monday night was a stark reminder to everyone the Jets are a terrible football team. The Jets were embarrassed in a neutral-site game, losing 38-3 to the mediocre Buffalo Bills. It was so bad coach Rex Ryan had to turn to Geno Smith to spark the offense. Talk about desperate.
The Jets dropped to 2-9 on the season and were officially eliminated from the playoff race, which everyone knew was the case several weeks ago. This embarrassing season hit its low point against the Bills, as everything failed the Jets, from the offense to the defense to special teams and coaching. Throw in any negative adjective you can think of and that would apply perfectly to this performance by the Jets.
The only good thing that can come from this loss is the improved chances for the Jets moving into better position to get a blue chip quarterback in the NFL draft. The Jets are tied with the Titans and Buccaneers at 2-9 and trail the Jaguars and Raiders at 1-10.
Before we try and erase this Jets disaster against Buffalo from our minds forever, here is a look at those responsible for the horrible defeat, as we hand out Game Falls. There are no Game Balls.
Michael Vick: The good news to come out of Vick's terrible performance was anyone who thought he could be the team's quarterback next season should have had their mind changed, hopefully including whomever will be making personnel decisions for the Jets this offseason. Vick was so bad against Buffalo the Jets had to do the unthinkable and bring in Geno Smith to save the day. Vick completed just 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards and an interception. He missed a wide-open Eric Decker on what would have been an easy 69-yard touchdown connection. Vick looked completely lost at times, including once instance where he took a delay of game penalty and then had to take a timeout to avoid a second straight flag. Vick was so bad it's anyone's guess as to who will start next week.
Percy Harvin: The wide receiver could have punched his own ticket out of town after this game, catching just one pass for two yards. Harvin was targeted five times and had no impact against Buffalo. Some of it can be blamed on Vick's performance, but Harvin didn't help out at all. He averaged just 16.6 yards on five kick returns as well.
Darrin Walls: He couldn't cover anybody, including on a long pass to Robert Woods where Walls didn't even know where to look or if he was even playing cornerback anymore. He was that lost in coverage. The Jets have a huge void of talent in the defensive backfield, but Walls was the worst of them all Monday night. Woods, by the way, has nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. The entire Jets defense could be given Game Falls for this performance.
Jaiquawn Jarrett: It was a long way from his career day against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Jarrett came crashing back to Earth against Buffalo. Jarrett had just one tackle in the game and made one of the biggest blunders, getting beat by Boobie Dixon on the punting team, leading to a blocked punt in the end zone and a touchdown for Buffalo. The Bills increased their lead to 24-3 and the game was over midway through the third quarter.
Ryan Quigley: His first punt traveled just 27 yards, giving the Bills great field position at the Jets' 44. Nine plays later, the Bills were up 7-0. Later, in the third quarter, Quigley's punt attempt was blocked, and Buffalo's Manny Lawson fell on the loose ball in the end zone for the game-clinching score. Quigley couldn't even locate the ball quick enough to bat it out of the end zone.
Breno Giacomini: It was a terrible performance by the Jets offensive line, but Giacomini was the biggest culprit, getting beaten badly by Mario Williams all night. Williams collected two sacks, both of which he easily dispatched of Giacomini to get to the quarterback. Overall, the Jets allowed seven sacks and nine quarterback hits. They couldn't run block either. It was another horrible game for the offensive line as a whole and Giacomini specifically.
Rex Ryan: The Jets were not a "zillion times better" than they were the last time they played the Bills, as Ryan said this week. They might have been even worse, which is saying something considering the Bills beat the Jets 43-23 in Week 8. We've given Ryan a pass this season because he was doomed from the start by the poor personnel decisions of general manager John Idzik, but the head coach didn't have his team ready to play Monday night. It was another failure coming off a bye week as well. There is little to no chance of Ryan coming back as head coach next season and not even his biggest supporters can say differently now.
John Idzik: This is his mess and hopefully owner Woody Johnson finds someone else in the offseason to fix it. Idzik has been a complete failure in every way as general manager, from free agency to the draft. If you watched the Odell Beckham Jr. catch from Sunday night, it should make you sick as a Jets fan that Idzik completely whiffed in the draft on adding a wide receiver. This past draft could end up being the deepest and best wide receiver class of all time, and Idzik completely failed to add any of the many impact pass-catchers. He's a horrible personnel man and doesn't deserve to hold the position of general manager. Johnson must fire Idzik.