Too many mistakes and penalties hurt the New York Jets on Sunday, as they blew a fourth quarter lead and lost 26-22 to the Tennessee Titans.
Sunday marked New York's sixth straight loss, dropping them to 3-9 on the season. Head coach Todd Bowles, who's usually easy going and soft-spoken, wasted no time blasting his players after this loss, though.
"I don't know how many [penalties] we had, but it felt like we had one every play," Bowles said after the game, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. "It cost us, and it's disgusting."
As Cimini noted, Bowles often defends his players and usually takes responsibility for such losses. But in this case, the fourth-year head coach couldn't help but point the finger at his players.
"Pissed off. Frustrated. Look in the mirror, just look in the mirror," Bowles said. "We won't be a good football team until we're a smart football team."
The Jets held led 16-0 in the second quarter, playing reasonably well on both sides of the ball. They took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, only to see the Titans completely take over the game.
New York allowed a pair of field goals before Marcus Mariota found Corey Davis in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 36 seconds left. The Jets' 11 penalties led to their ultimate undoing in the Music City.
The careless penalties included a facemask that nullified a Mariota lost fumble on the Titans' eventual game-winning drive. The Jets, who've made too many mistakes like this for many years now, clearly have not learned.
What This Means
The Jets, as Cimini pointed out, will surely be firing Bowles after another horrible season. New York is headed for its third straight non-winning season, and the rebuilding team probably needs a new voice going forward.