NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets’ season-ending loss Sunday to Buffalo, which cost Gang Green a trip to the playoffs, ranks among the most gun-wrenching defeats in team history, WFAN host Joe Benigno said Monday.
The Jets (10-6) needed either a win over the Bills or a Steelers loss Sunday to clinch a postseason spot for the first time since 2010. Instead, Jets fans saw “on every level, a collective failure” in a 22-17 defeat, Benigno said. Pittsburgh sealed the Jets’ fate by beating the Browns.
“This was as tough a loss, as a guy who’s watched this team now since 1965 — and there’s been many brutal losses — this one is right up there,” he said. “I mean, when you consider how well this team was playing, when you consider how wide open the AFC looks right now — certainly the Patriots look like a very vulnerable team, there’s no great team in that conference — when you consider all that, it couldn’t be worse.
“To me … every aspect of this team deserves criticism. From the coach to the offense to the defense to the special teams, this was a team-wide disaster.”
Benigno’s partner, Evan Roberts, agreed. “From top to bottom, they sucked,” he said.
Roberts criticized the coaches for not getting running back Chris Ivory more involved, Brandon Marshall for a big early dropped pass, the defense for failing to put pressure on Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, cornerback Darrelle Revis for his soft coverage and the special teams for a couple of costly miscues.
But Roberts’ saved his biggest criticism for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was 16-of-37 with three interceptions.
“The quarterback, at least yesterday, it looked like the fairytale ended,” he said. “Ryan Fitzpatrick had a great season, maybe the best season we’ve ever seen from a Jet quarterback. Yesterday, he stunk. And I don’t want to hear about the wind. … This was his moment to not only put the exclamation point on a tremendous season, but he was going to go to the playoffs. It was all right in front of him, and he stunk.”