The Jets lost yesterday, which means it is once again our sad duty to give out an anti-game ball.
When it comes to the anti-game ball, there are two things we attempt to do each week. Whenever possible, we try to avoid giving it to the quarterback or to repeat recipients.
That simply is not possible this week. In fact, the only debate is which of the two rules should be broken. Josh McCown turned in an anti-game ball worthy performance, but I am going to let him off the hook only because one unit was worse. It is the same unit that got the anti-game ball just two weeks ago.
This was as bad of an offensive line performance as you will see in the NFL this season. The Bucs entered this game with 8 sacks on the season. They got 6 sacks in this game alone and hit McCown 14 times. Were there points when blockers who weren’t offensive linemen blew assignments? Yes. Were some of the protection issues McCown’s fault? Sure, but the offensive line was consistently beaten and blowing assignments.
The Jets couldn’t block at the point of attack to run the football. They couldn’t protect the quarterback either. It’s tough to produce on offense in that situation.
The offensive line gets my anti-game ball this week. Who gets yours?