Is It Only a Matter of Time or Can Todd Bowles Save His Job?
Going into Sunday's game in Buffalo, the Jets had lost six straight games. Granted a few of those were without third overall pick Sam Darnold at quarterback. The rookie was sidelined with a foot injury for four weeks; three games and the bye.
With Darnold out there again on Sunday against the Bills, New York staged a fourth quarter comeback to knock off Buffalo. The Jets and Bills have identical 4-8 records now with Darnold winning the first head-to-head matchup with fellow 2018 top 10 NFL Draft pick Josh Allen.
If Jets head coach Todd Bowles is fired at the end of the season, it will be a divorce everyone has seen coming. Bowles is in his fourth season with Gang Green and he's failed to make the playoffs in each of them. A 10-6 record in year one, Bowles has followed that up with back to back 5-11 seasons. With Darnold now healthy, is there enough momentum to be gained for Bowles to save his job?
Not only do I think Bowles has no chance to return next season with the Jets, I would give the franchise a full reboot; new coaching staff and perhaps, more importantly, new front office. The Jets are likely to have another top 10 pick in 2019 and they will have as much salary cap space as necessary to make a real splash in free agency. Making the correct choices among head coaches, impactful top 10 picks and how to spend that abundance of money should be the decisions of a new general manager. In spite of suggesting a full reboot, I don't think the Jets are too far off from winning the AFC East.