Did the Jets quit? Dan Leberfeld

When a team gets blown out, you often hear some wonder if the club quit.

It’s almost cliché to throw that out there, a cookbook answer to what went wrong.

I don’t think the Jets quit in their 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

It’s often said that football is “won in the trenches.”

The Jets had signficant issues in the trenches, on both sides of the ball.

It’s pretty obvious, the Bills’ defensive line has their number. Pass protection was a major issue for the Jets in both losses to the Bills.

On the other side of the ball, they lost Mo Wilkerson to a toe injury, and then Sheldon Richardson to a back problem.

These are their two best defensive linemen.

They were forced to play T.J. Barnes extensively, something they weren’t looking to do. He still needs work on his weight and keeping his pad level down. The Bills took advantage of having backups Barnes and Kenrick Ellis on the field at the same time due to the Wilkerson and Richardson injuries.

The Bills also took advantage of the Jets’ thin cornerback situation with WR Robert Woods having a career game, thanks to the Jets’ doubling WR Sammy Watkins.

So no, the Jets didn’t quit.

Their problems were personnel-related, not effort-related.

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