New York Jets wideout Brandon Marshall said on Tuesday that newly acquired tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was "God sent."
However, his arrival did not stop the need for a "come-to-Jesus meeting."
Added quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick: "It's a hard day for me to come in today. We lost that game because of my performance. We don't need to pin it on anything else. That was pretty evident. To walk in today and face the guys, it's not an easy thing to do. But at the same time, I've got to be the same guy every day as a leader, as a player."
Perhaps the Jets can make the most of these two faux-religious experiences and stop the season from sputtering out of control. Luckily for them, the rest of the non-Patriot AFC East is stuck in the same murky 1-2 waters as the Jets. The Dolphins travel to face a very good -- and very upset -- Bengals team coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos. The Bills head to New England in a game that could accurately predict the end (or new beginning) of the Rex Ryan era in Buffalo.
That involves a few things that need to happen over the course of this week. Clearly, the Jets thought enough of their secondary options at wide receiver and tight end to claim Seferian-Jenkins off waivers. The versatile tight end should fit in nicely with Chan Gailey's system but cannot suffer the same Vernon Davis-type fate the Broncos underwent a season ago, when they invested time and energy only to have the tight end orbit in no man's land for half the season.
They also need to take Bowles' message from their meeting seriously. If the team can't exorcise its demons from a week ago in Kansas City, no "God sent" tight end will matter anyway.