Sarcastic Brandon Marshall on Jets’ 1-3 start: ‘So our year’s over, huh?’
Brandon Marshall was presented with a statistic Monday that illustrates how the New York Jets’ 1-3 start makes them long shots to make the playoffs. Suffice to say, the wide receiver isn’t buying it.
Marshall reacted with a sarcastic quip when informed only 14 percent of teams who start the season 1-3 qualify for the postseason under the current playoff format.
“Fourteen?” he said, via NJ Advanced Media’s Darryl Slater. “Wow. So our year’s over, huh?”
The Jets beat the Buffalo Bills — a non-playoff team last season — in Week 2. Their three losses, however, came against teams that qualified for the playoffs last season: The Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
Marshall believes that to right the ship the Jets simply have to show they can play with playoff-caliber competition, “but we haven’t shown that we can beat them yet.”
The most glaring issue plaguing the Jets is the horrific play of Ryan Fitzpatrick. While reports indicate Todd Bowles isn’t considering benching Fitzpatrick at this point — much to Geno Smith’s chagrin, presumably — the quarterback’s play has been abysmal.
The 33-year-old signal caller has posted a woeful 57.6 rating, having completed only 55.8 percent of his passes this season with four touchdowns and a mind-boggling ten interceptions, a nightmarish start highlighted by a six-pick stinker in the loss to the Chiefs.
Fitzpatrick has rightfully acknowledged he has to play better, and Marshall believes the solution to the Jets’ struggles is a pretty simple one.
“Stars have got to be stars. Got to make plays. It starts with guys like myself and the other playmakers on this team,” he said.
Marshall added leadership will be the key to turning around the season.
“It’s not always easy,” he said. “It’s not sweet. You want tension. You want conflict. It shows that the guys care. If you didn’t have that, it’s going to be a problem. When things aren’t working, you’ve got to be able to sit down and communicate, and work things out. It’s not always going to be easy conversations.”
If those conversations haven’t started yet, it would be a good idea for Marshall to initiate them. Quickly.