After being blown out at home by the Bills, the Jets need to send a message to their fanbase by firing Todd Bowles and moving on.
Todd Bowles is in his fourth years as the Jets head coach. It must be his last.
New York was blown out of its own building on Sunday afternoon by the impossibly-bad Buffalo Bills, 41-10 at MetLife Stadium. The Bills, who hadn’t scored 30 points all season, had that total by halftime of what was the biggest laugher of the early slate.
For Bowles, it’s a game, and optics, he can’t recover from. For owner Woody Johnson, it’s also time to save face and pull the plug on this nonsense, something he should have done a year ago.
Bowles took over in 2015 and immediately took Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co. to a 10-6 record. Since then, though, it’s been all downhill. In the 2+ years since, the Jets are a rancid 13-29, with no playoff appearances and barely a whiff of one.
While firing Bowles now isn’t going to turn around the team’s fortunes this season, it provides the fans with reason to believe the team still cares. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates could be promoted to the interim tag, and after the season concludes, Johnson can clean house including the entire coaching staff and general manager Mike Maccagnan, who hasn’t put much talent on the field for Bowles to work with.
Considering New York took Sam Darnold with the third-overall pick in April’s draft, the team should be looking for a young, offensive mind to bring him along. It’s been a struggle for Darnold thus far, throwing 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.
With six games remaining on the slate, the Jets are 3-7 and playing out the string. This wouldn’t be the first time that a coach was fired late in the year, and it certainly won’t be the last instance.
Ultimately, some losses weigh more than others, and being blown out of your own building against a team that has a grand total of 33 points over its four-game losing streak is a football death sentence.
If the Jets are going to get off the deck at some juncture, it starts with removing Bowles and supporting Darnold.