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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets looks on in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The New York Jets dropped their sixth game of the season and head into their bye with a ton of doubt. Boy Green breaks it down.

In honor of the late great Dennis Green, we rediscovered that the New York Jets are who we thought they were and we let them off the hook. No more!

The Jets’ most recent loss at Tampa Bay is where the line should be drawn. After toying with our emotions on Nov. 2 with an AFC East beatdown against the Buffalo Bills, Jets fans were left scratching their heads on Sunday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick to Jets fans, “Josh McCown will give you a tour of the pit of misery.”

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The Jets are 4-6 and despite being a game and a half outside of the AFC playoff picture, this team is toast. In a span of 10 days, the Jets had me thinking they’d end their playoff drought and also that they’d end up with a middle-of-the-road first-round pick.

While I’ve already lost my sanity, I can’t speak for all Jets fans. This is more and more feeling like a season that’ll end with a four-to-eight-win season, thus forcing the Jets out of premiere draft positioning.

From everything I’m hearing from Jets sources, this team is going to do something at the quarterback position this offseason. Whether that’s in the NFL Draft or free agency.

One way or another the Jets are going to cough up a significant portion of that $80 million in cap space, or they’ll trade the farm for a top draft pick. Not saying that’s right or wrong, but that conversation seems to be no longer a matter of if, but when.

The Jets are currently in the worst spot possible: purgatory/mediocrity. They aren’t bad enough to be blown out on a consistent basis (the New York Giants) nor are they good enough to be a legitimate playoff contender (Philadelphia Eagles).

In 2015, this team was 10-6 and missed the postseason and ended up with the 20th pick in the first round. More disappointment seems to be on the way for Gang Green in 2017.

But here’s the harsh reality, Josh McCown has played above expectations for the majority of the season. The problem is expectations were so low, it would’ve been hard for McCown not to surpass them.

Some truth was dropped on Twitter from Joe Caporoso.

Stats aren’t everything folks. The 38-year old McCown has been a nice veteran presence, but it’s time for the Jets to get a real answer at quarterback. That happens this upcoming offseason.

This team is more talented than people thought they were, but not talented enough to overcome multiple close losses. Now the Jets face a crossroads during their Week 11 bye. One that has multiple variables to consider, including the future of their head coach Todd Bowles.

I think Bowles overall has done a really marvelous job, but before the Jets can fully do the cleansing process, they must decide whether Bowles should be the captain of that ship. These final six games of the season for the Jets won’t be about the quarterback (Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty), instead it’ll be about the Jets realizing that they always were who we thought and embracing it.

 NEXT: New York Jets: Demario Davis Has Taken Torch (and Then Some) At Linebacker 


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Paul A. Esden, Jr.

People call me Boy Green for my unwavering dedication to all things New York Jets. I work at The Score 1260 in Syracuse and I’m extremely passionate about sports. I aspire to continue my rise through the business and hopefully I’ll end up working for the New York Jets in some capacity.