KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Todd Bowles was in a foul mood after Sunday's game. Who could blame him?
"It wasn't just Ryan (Fitzpatrick)," the coach said after the New York Jets' 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. "I can name a bunch of people and I can start with the coaches too. It was a sh---y game plan, sh---y execution, and it was sh---y all around."
Unofficially, Bowles had almost as many expletives in his postgame news conference (five) and Fitzpatrick interceptions (six).
All told, the Jets committed eight turnovers (their most since 1976), including a fumbled kickoff return by Jalin Marshall that was returned for a touchdown. Evoking memories of Joe McKnight in the infamous "Butt Fumble" game in 2012, Marshall coughed up the ball and it flew directly to Demetrius Harris, who returned the gift 27 yards for a score to make it 17-3.
There were plenty of goats in this game. Bowles seemed particularly disgusted with the game plan.
"When nothing works, you have to change everything," he said. "It was a sh---y game plan, obviously by the score, and the execution of it was sh---y. You can't point to one thing. You have to get back to the drawing board and coach better."
Early on, the Jets struggled against the Chiefs' short-passing attack, unable to find answers as Alex Smith spread the ball to nine different receivers. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was the biggest problem, finishing with a team-high six catches for 89 yards. He burned them with the same pattern, a drag route in which he exploited their underneath coverage. Cornerback Darrelle Revis said the Chiefs used different formations than previous games and moved players into different spots.
Bottom line: You can't expect to compete, much less win, with eight turnovers.
"Stunned ... disappointed ... pissed off ... mad," said Bowles, describing his emotions. "But it's Game 3. We have to regroup. We're a team and we're going to be together for a long time this year. We have to regroup Monday and come back to work."