Todd Bowles: We didn’t show up on Sunday

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The Jets offense spent the first nine weeks of the season generally outperforming the low expectations that people set for it heading into the season, but Sunday’s 15-10 loss to the Buccaneers provided a glimpse of what most people had in mind for the team this season.

They didn’t get into the end zone until 28 seconds were left in the game, ran for just 56 yards all day and allowed six sacks to a Bucs defense that had eight for the year heading into the game. That was a sharp turnaround from the victory over the Bills in Week Nine and one that head coach Todd Bowles didn’t spend much time trying to break down after the loss.

“You don’t explain,” Bowles said in his postgame press conference. “It’s week by week. You have to show up every week in this league or you get it handed to you. We didn’t show up today.”

The Jets occasionally had things go their way, but eight penalties for 77 yards helped to ensure that they would be going down to defeat.

Bowles entered the year with speculation about whether he’d keep his job beyond this season, but it quieted down as the team played hard and better than expected in the first half of the year. If the not showing up becomes a chronic issue once the Jets return from their bye, chatter about Bowles’ future could pick up again although it stands as an outlier for the time being.

4 responses to “Todd Bowles: We didn’t show up on Sunday

  1. I spent money to go to that game. I was looking forward to it all week, and left ultimately disappointed. Watching live, you could just tell from the body language of the players they were not into it for some reason. Often times the Defense just stood around between plays, there was no sense of urgency, no sense of energy. I felt like it was over some point late in the third quarter, even though it was a close game, because I watched as Jamal Adams stood there with his hands on his hips, and just stared at the ground. It was really disappointing to see a team that looked so defeated when it was still a six point game.

  2. as a fan of 20+ years now…that was typical jets to a t sadly…7+ years now no playoffs…a joke

  3. “7+ years now no playoffs…a joke”

    Chin up man, you could be a bills fan working on 18 years w/no playoffs.

    Personally I’d rather see the Jets get better. The old New England – New York rivalry just hasn’t been the same the last couple years. Used to be a lot of fun.

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