Rex Ryan figured he might as well go for it on fourth down in Kansas City. What else could go wrong? Well, the answers this season have been “anything” and “everything,” and that was the case again.
For all the bad that happened as the Jets fell to 1-8 Sunday in Kansas City, the worst came inside the final two minutes. They packed it in.
Alex Smith threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns, Jamaal Charles ran for another score and the Kansas City Chiefs won 24-10 on Sunday, sending the New York Jets to their eighth straight loss.
Michael Vick owes a lot to Andy Reid for giving him a second chance in the NFL. The veteran quarterback isn’t thrilled that his first start with the New York Jets comes against his former coach.
On Saturday, the Jets said cornerback Darrin Walls won’t travel with the team to Kansas City. Phillip Adams could start in his place.
As much as Reid is sympathetic to Vick’s cause, this could be one difficult day for the Jets’ new starting quarterback.
The flicks of the wrist that rocket footballs downfield 50-plus yards with ease. The pretty spirals. The video game-like elusiveness. That’s Michael Vick at his best.
Geno Smith could go from being benched to being inactive for the Jets. The demoted QB has a shoulder injury that makes his availability uncertain for Sunday’s game at Kansas City.
Michael Vick walked into the New York Jets’ locker room as a starting quarterback for the first time in just over a year. So, as a couple dozen reporters gathered around him, Vick was well aware of the magnitude of the moment.
When Michael Vick replaced Geno Smith in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Bills, the crowd at MetLife Stadium was relieved. So, to, was the offense, according to Metro New York.
This Sunday’s game in Kansas City means nothing to me. Michael Vick can throw five touchdown passes and the Jets can put forth their best effort of the season on both sides of the ball and it won’t mean jack.
Jets fans probably feel like Roy Hobbs in “The Natural,” forced to listen to psychobabble about how losing is a disease. But we stand by our teams no matter how dire it gets.
How do we even put postmortems on this flat-lined franchise? Is it off with Rex Ryan’s vocational head? Or do we blame the GM who didn’t see fit to spend $20 million in cap space?
The answer to that question is of course yes, but New York fans are probably wondering just how much more suffering is awaiting them.
Smith admitted he was frustrated to learn he was no longer the Jets’ starting quarterback. But he wasn’t surprised. He also didn’t have much of a reaction: “I just went on with my day.”