That thud you heard on Monday night was the New York Jets hitting rock bottom.
Despite a neutral field advantage and 15 days of rest, the Jets were blown out by the Bills, 38-3, at Ford Field in Detroit.
Yes, those same Bills who were rocked by last week’s historic snowstorm thoroughly and effortlessly embarrassed their lifeless division rivals, completing the season sweep of Gang Green.
After the game, ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini noted that the locker room was “numb,” with players expressing little emotion. And then Cimini spotted defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who was “on the verge of tears.”
Richardson, the 13th overall pick in 2013, spoke openly and honestly.
“I’ve never lost nine games,” he said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “That’s not me at all. I didn’t get drafted to lose games, period. If it don’t hurt nobody like it hurts me, they shouldn’t be on the team.”
“They outplayed us in every aspect of the game and it ain’t nobody’s fault but the players. … They kicked our tails from pillar to post.”
Richardson, one of the few bright spots on the Jets’ talent-devoid roster, knows these type of blowouts lead to wholesale changes.
“I don’t want this organization broke up in no type of way … but that’s what happens when you have seasons like this,” he said. “They clean house. I don’t want it. I play for a lot more. All I am is a number with a name on the back of my jersey. I play with my heart. I don’t take L’s like this, especially to the Buffalo Bills. My God, man.”
Richardson is right, but he’ll have no choice but to endure what’s soon to come. Following their fourth straight playoff-less campaign, coach Rex Ryan is expected to be fired, much to the chagrin of Richardson.
“[I like] everything about the man,” he said of Ryan. “The passion I play with is the passion [with which] he coaches, even in meetings. If people want strict coaching and fines by the book, I guess this isn’t what they want then. That’s my guy. He might as well have a number on, too. For real.”
At the end of the day, the number that matters most is 2-9 — the Jets’ record. Over the final five weeks, when they play the Patriots and Dolphins (twice), the waterworks are likely to continue.
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