The New York Jets’ season is falling apart and a 34-13 blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins on Friday marked the team’s fourth straight setback. The offense was once again ineffective in this Week 12 showdown as newly appointed starting quarterback Tim Boyle proved only to be marginally better than the man he replaced in Zach Wilson. Boyle’s’ Hail Mary turned 99-yard pick-six right before the half put the team behind by two scores and they were never able to get back into the ballgame.
At 4-7, New York has plummeted out of the AFC playoff race and questions over head coach Robert Saleh’s job security are beginning to surface. With Friday’s loss, he is now 15-30 through his three-year stint with the organization and would be barreling towards his third straight last place finish if it weren’t for the struggling Patriots. With another matchup against the Dolphins on the horizon, as well as games against playoff contenders in the Texans and Browns coming up, things could get even bleaker for the Jets as the season winds down.
The Jets have inarguably one of the most talented rosters in the league, but the struggles at quarterback has defined Saleh’s tenure in East Rutherford, NJ. He’s been tied at the hip to former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson, who has been one of the bigger QB draft busts in recent memory. The organization was seemingly primed to unlock its Super Bowl potential with the trade for Aaron Rodgers last offseason, but those dreams immediately went out the window with the veteran tearing his Achilles on the opening drive of the season. That forced Wilson back into the starter role and after several weeks of struggles, Saleh finally relented by benching him last week.
The head coach could certainly point to Rodgers’ injury as a way to justify being kept around for another year. But if things continue to get worse down the stretch, the Jets brass may have no choice but to make a move this offseason.