A fifth-consecutive loss is disheartening enough, but imagine the long-term damage that Henry Anderson could have suffered after an agitated Cordarrelle Patterson grabbed the Jets’ defensive lineman’s crown jewels in a scrum early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the Patriots.
“The man was all in my face, trying to put his s–t in my face,” Patterson told reporters after the game. “I tried to move him out of there…. I’m a grown man. I don’t need anybody’s ass and d– and balls in my face.”
Todd Bowles’ had a matter of fact take on the incident.
“A lot of things happen out there in the field of play,” Bowles said Monday. “If they don’t call it, we’ve got to keep playing. We’ve just got to protect ourselves at all times just like every other team.”
It’s a miracle that Anderson said he didn’t feel any pain when Patterson grabbed him.
The Jets’ franchise-record five-game stretch without a takeaway tied the longest drought since the NFL-AFL merger (1970), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Gang Green has had only seven takeaways in the past 10 games after five in the season opener.
“It’s not mind boggling, but you want to get them,” Bowles said. “We work on them all the time and they come in bunches. We’ve had our hand on a few. We’ve just got to come down with them.”
Bowles said he’s unsure whether Sam Darnold, who hasn’t played since suffering a foot strain in Miami on Nov. 4, will be able to practice this week. The rookie quarterback participated in stretching only at practice last week.
“It will be good for him just to play,” Bowles said. “The more games he can play, the better off he will be. Obviously, he’s got to get healthy first and he has to practice so he can get back used to the routine again. Then we’ll see from there. But it’s important for him to get reps (in games for the rest of the season).
“The more a rookie plays, the better off he is,” Bowles added. “The more he plays, the more he sees and the slower the game gets. The faster he learns, the better off he will be.”
‘COMMUNICATION IS CLEAR’
Bowles said that he isn’t concerned that his message to the team amid their five-game losing streak will get stale.
“We have a good understanding of each other,” Bowles said. “Our communication is very clear. They understand where I am. I understand where they are. We understand where we are as a team. It’s a warrior’s sport. You’ve got to get up and play every week regardless. It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you can get up. We’re going to keep plugging.”
Kicker Jason Myers has one of the few bright spots for Bowles’ team. Myers, who was claimed off waivers in August after losing the kicking competition in Seattle, has made 23 of 25 field goal attempts this season. He became the first kicker in NFL history to make five 55+ yard field goals in one season with 55-yarder on Sunday.