It was a new month and there was a new quarterback for the New York Jets, but the results were the same old results: they lost and they stink. The Jets blew a 17-3 lead and then lost in overtime, falling 23-20 to the Washington Redskins. “It’s just so frustrating at this point,” quarterback Kellen Clemens said.
Clemens doesn’t know the half of it. The second-year backup quarterback got his second start of the season yesterday, but the loss was just a small part of a six-game losing streak. He played adequately, completing 23-of-42 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown, and even led a game-tying, last minute drive to send the game into overtime. He also had seven carries for 48 rushing yards, just one less than starting running back Thomas Jones, which probably says more about Jones’ ineptitude than Clemens’ scrambling ability. But ultimately, the Jets lost again. “I don’t even know what to say about it,” tight end Chris Baker said. “We just keep coming up short. I don’t even know what we can do about it.”
A nice start would be to play some friekin’ defense. Washington running back Clinton Portis ran for a season-high 196 yards on 36 carries, marking the second time in three weeks that New York’s defense has made an opponent’s back look like Walter Payton (Cincinnati’s Kenny Watson was the other).
Even people who paid for tickets don’t want to watch the Jets. The team announced the paid attendance at the Meadowlands yesterday to be 76, 663, but about 40,000 ticket holders decided to do something other than watch Gang Green suck again. Luckily, the Jets have a bye week next weekend, so at least we know they won’t lose for a seventh straight week.