The New York Jets’ season might have unofficially gone down the tubes after a Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Jets were drubbed by the Chiefs, 24-3, a week after earning their first victory over the Buffalo Bills. It was the infamous 6-interception performance from now-backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Apparently, that game had more of an effect on Gang Green than initially thought.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson got into a heated argument in the locker room following the embarrassing defeat, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. Coach Todd Bowles emphasized that while the argument got pretty ugly, it didn’t get physical.
“I was right there, I heard it. It was loud,” Bowles told Cimini. “Yell down there, yell down here. It was no more than a normal training-camp deal. It wasn’t anything significant. There were a bunch of people who had words because everybody was pissed off.”
Bowles added that he intervened immediately and talked to the team about it afterward. He emphasized that it would never happen again. Marshall also downplayed the incident, labeling it as two passionate players who were emotional after an ugly defeat.
“It was problem solving, starting off the season really bad,” Marshall told Cimini. “You guys understand how emotional and how intense the game is. When you come in the locker room after a loss like that and you’re looking at each other, trying to problem solve, it may not always be the right time. Sometimes you have to give it a day or so for everyone to calm down and cool off and say, ‘OK, what do we need to do to solve it?’ ”
Perhaps Marshall and Richardson should have directed their aggression toward their quarterback. Fitzpatrick has been miserable ever since that egregious day at Arrowhead Stadium and has lost his job to mercurial backup Geno Smith.
New York’s season is all but over, and that meltdown in Kansas City might have been where it all went downhill.