The New York Jets and New York Giants both lost yesterday in embarrassing fashion. With more than seven weeks remaining in the season, it’s almost certain that these teams will miss the playoffs. Here’s a recap of what went wrong, as told to Brian Boermeester by Victor Mather, a former Jets offensive lineman.
The main problem is that, even though both teams were loaded, there has been no equivalent to the high-end talent of Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh who went on to win the Super Bowl in the past decade. Both teams are playing two-dimensional, middling offensive lines.
I guess the Jets’ problem is that [head coach] Todd Bowles doesn’t play enough, and he doesn’t pull his best players enough. He is too nice. Like [Washington Redskins head coach] Jay Gruden.
This is not playing big-name guys. The Jets lack an elite receiver with a certain amount of skill. The Giants had Odell Beckham Jr. until a couple of weeks ago, but are now missing his services, which doesn’t seem like much of a problem. The Jets don’t have enough receivers to attack defenses.
If the Patriots came to New York, the Jets would just crumble.
Even the Giants have an excellent linebacker and defensive end, but they never play them. They play Victor Cruz and Dwayne Harris.
The Giants were responsible for throwing Josh McCown, the sixth-best quarterback in the league, off the field. The secondary played too loosely. Two young starters, Ross Cockrell and Eli Apple, became overwhelmed at times. And there are no good running backs or tight ends.
I don’t know how much higher their offenses could go this year. Their games are only really played within two possession, on the ground, even though they are a passing team.
The biggest storyline in the Jets’ game against the Washington Redskins was Brandon Marshall.