A day after the Jets suffered a 34-13 home defeat to the Dolphins, Jets head coach Todd Bowles bluntly stated why his team is 4-10 with two games remaining in the 2016 season.
"Special teams have been disappointing. The defense has been disappointing. The offense has been disappointing," he said. "It's not just one area."
When asked if staff changes could be in store, Bowles declined to discuss the offseason.
"That's something we'll discuss at the end of the season," he said. "Right now, we have two games to play."
Petty Undergoing EvaluationBryce Petty left Saturday's game after a 28-yard completion to WR Robby Anderson on the first play of the fourth quarter. The second-year passer had the wind knocked out of him when Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake came free on their respective edges. The result was two punishing hits that forced Petty in for X-rays following the game.
"The X-rays were negative and the other tests have yet to come back yet," Bowles said. "I don't have any more update on that yet."
Petty, who connected with Anderson for a 40-yard TD on the team's opening possession, finished 20 of 36 for 235 yards and he was sacked three times. He also had three turnovers including two in the first half that came in plus-territory.
"He started the game more confidently obviously leading the first drive," Bowles said. "Other than that, there are still things he needs to work on."
If Petty can't play Saturday vs. the Patriots, then the Jets would either return to Ryan Fitzpatrick or rookie Christian Hackenberg would be in line to make his first NFL start. Bowles said he would address that with his staff as well as other personnel changes.
"We'll see who's healthy and again we'll have those meetings later on this afternoon and we'll discuss everything then," he said. "Everything's possible. We could or we may not. We don't have many guys left. Everybody we have, we're playing with."
Forté in Relief RoleAfter revealing to reporters last week that he's been playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee,* *veteran RB Matt Forte was active in Week 15 and had five touches in his 13 snaps. Bilal Powell was the Jets' best player for a second consecutive week, totaling 162 yards from scrimmage on his 27 touches.
"It's something that he's said he's dealt with and he's had before," said Bowles of Forté. "He's played with (it) before and he said he felt okay to play some and he wanted to play. Knowing Matt and taking him at his word, we wanted to play him a little bit and spell Bilal but not overdo it and play him. But he felt good enough to play and he moved around well."
Rookie ReportWhile rookie CB Juston Burris got beat on Kenny Still's 52-yard TD in the second quarter, the NC State product came right back in the third quarter and collected the first interception of his NFL career. Making the first start of his career, Burris closed well on DeVante Parker and turned the tables on Matt Moore.
"He broke up a pass and got an interception. Obviously he got beat on a deep ball. We were in (cover) zero, so he should have stayed up in press," Bowles said of Burris, who was credited with two PD. "He kind of backed off and got in no man's land and got indecisive and I think that caused him to get beat on the play. But overall I thought he played well."
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On the other side of the ball, fifth-round pick Brandon Shell also started for the first time. At times, the Jets used reserve lineman Dakota Dozier to give Shell some help on the right side.
"He did okay for his first game. He missed some things, but he played tough and he played hard and he did better than we thought he would," Bowles said. "We helped him a little bit and he held his own in there too. So I was pleased with what he did."
Snap CommentaryBowles said he* *would sit down with DL Sheldon Richardson and discuss the latter's pregame video posted on S Rontez Miles' Snapchat account.
"We'll take care of it here. That's not something we condone or something we encourage," he said. "That's unacceptable."