The New York Jets have been one of the NFL's biggest disappointments this season and were embarrassed on Monday night by the Colts. Coach Todd Bowles announced that second-year QB Bryce Petty would be his starter the rest of 2016.
The Jets fell to 3-9 with the 41-10 home loss to a mediocre Colts team on Monday as New York, a 1-point favorite on NFL picks, simply decided not to cover Indianapolis tight end Dwayne Allen, who caught three touchdown passes from Andrew Luck. Allen was the first Colts tight end with three TD catches in a game since Dallas Clark in 2009.
And really that's what the game was all about: the Colts have a franchise quarterback and the Jets don't. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick again got the start on Monday for New York and again was terrible. Bowles, who might be fired after just his second season, replaced Fitzpatrick (5 for 12, 81 yards, one interception) with Petty to start the second half. Petty went 11 for 25 for 135 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Afterward, Bowles said he always planned to start Petty over the final month of the season. He was a fourth-round pick last year out of Baylor.
"We could have won 45-0, (Bryce) was going to start the last four games," Bowles said. night's blowout loss. "That's the slot we had penciled for him, that's a good time to take a look at him."
Frankly, Bowles should have done this a few games ago, but at least the Jets now have a month to take a look at Petty, who will get a chance to convince team brass he can be their starter in 2017. The team also took Penn State's Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 draft but he's basically being redshirted. Fitzpatrick will not be back in 2017.
New York's remaining opponents are the San Francisco 49ers (1-11), Miami Dolphins (7-5), New England Patriots (10-2) and the Buffalo Bills (6-6). The Jets opened as 1-point underdogs on NFL odds for this Sunday's game at San Francisco, which has lost 11 in a row. That tells you how sorry the Jets are too that they aren't even favored.