After watching film of the Jets’ 41-10 thrashing at the hands of Indianapolis on Tuesday morning, coach Todd Bowles decided effort wasn’t the issue.
“We got effort, we just didn’t play with much intelligence last night,” Bowles said about mistakes he labeled as “boneheaded” by the team. “How you address it? It is what it is. When you get in this business, you coach and play for your job and cheap jerseys every day; win, lose or draw. That’s no different now.”
At this point, even if that was true, Bowles is going to have a hard time finding someone to believe him. The fans who attended Monday night’s game were treated to two of the most efficient touchdown drives we’ve seen out of Andrew Luck all season on the first two drives. There were no Jets defenders near Dwayne Allen on either of his first two touchdowns.
The only Jets jerseys players working to the whistle seemed to be the three who were hit with personal foul penalties in the first half for shoving Colts players out of bounds or after the play.
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But right now, this isn’t about what I think or what any Jets (3-9) fan thinks. Those minds seem to be made up already. Bowles has the yeoman’s task of convincing his players to play for him down the stretch in a series of meaningless games while they take a look at a second-year quarterback.
The 32-year-old cornerback was benched in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars after allowing a touchdown to star receiver Allen Robinson at London’s Wembley Stadium. He was deemed expendable with Davis and Robinson back in the lineup and slot corner Darius Butler due back soon.
Acquired in a September 2015 trade with the Oakland Raiders, Moore was part of an inside-linebacker rotation with Josh McNary and rookie Antonio Morrison opposite veteran D’Qwell Jackson. He was a liability in coverage, too often leaving the middle of the field open for big plays.
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The Indianapolis Colts hadn’t had a 100-yard rusher in almost four years. On Sunday, that insane streak ended in appropriately absurd form.
Frank Gore’s 20th carry of Sunday night’s game against the Texans resulted in a two-yard gain to put him at an even 100. It was the Colts’ first individual 100-yard rushing game since Week 15 of the 2012 season, a span of 55 games. The most annoyingly repeated stat since 2014’s “DID YOU KNOW THE CHIEFS DIDN’T HAVE A WIDE RECEIVER WITH A TOUCHDOWN THIS SEASON?” was caput.
Until it wasn’t. Later in that same drive, after a false start penalty and sack, Andrew Luck took a third-and-20 snap and handed it to wholesale NFL jerseys and poor Frank Gore, who was swarmed over for a loss of one yard. Back to 99 yards for the night!
The Colts are shutting down Kendall Langford.
Indianapolis officially placed the veteran defensive lineman on injured reserve on Saturday after coach Chuck Pagano suggested in Week 7 that Langford would not return this season. The 30-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury since then. Langford had played in 135 consecutive games at the time, the most by any active defensive lineman.
Langford is still eligible to return this season, if the Colts make a deep playoff run.
After tallying seven sacks in his first season in Indy in 2015, Langford failed to register a sack in seven starts this year.
In a corresponding move, the Colts promoted cornerback Christopher Milton to the active roster.