New York Jets Case Study

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The New York Jets are 1-5 after suffering another stinging loss to a playoff-caliber opponent. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Jets in every facet of the game on Monday Night Football. The Jets vaunted defensive line could not stop the Cardinals running attack and the Cardinals passing game was effective enough to keep the Jets defense on their heels all night. It was a penalty-filled game that at times made it tough to watch, but the Cardinals seemed to overcome the penalties and found a way to stick it to the Jets. Here are five takeaways from the game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is on His Last Legs as Jets Starter
The Jets starting quarterback continued his trend of terrible play in the second half this season. He threw another interception in the
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The poor play of the Jets offensive line put constant pressure on Fitzpatrick. The Cardinals front seven was in the Jets backfield all night and Bowles put the blame on Fitzpatrick’s poor performance squarely on the offensive line.

Penalties
There were seven penalties called on the Jets in the first 10 minutes of the game. The officiating crew called penalties on both teams all night, but the Jets were unable to overcome the penalties and it shows hints of a team that was not quite prepared.

Todd Bowles Job
Rumors are starting to surface that Bowles might lose his job, and some speculate that he could lose his job mid-season. Of course, the notion is ridiculous. Bowles is an excellent coach and led a team that was expected to go nowhere last year to a 10-6 record, which shows he worked a minor coaching miracle last year.

Jets Defense Finally Starts Blitzing
The Jets talked about their defense being more aggressive all week, and they did throw blitz packages at Carson Palmer and the Cards offensive line most of the night, but the Jets did not record a sack and Palmer managed to stay cool when the Jets did pressure him. The Jets should have pressured Palmer all night since two members of the Cardinals starting offensive line did not play, including pro bowl lineman Mike

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