Brandon Marshall blamed himself for the New York Jets’ 30–23 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Marshall made four receptions in seven chances for 67 yards, but one of those failed receptions may have cost the Jets the game. The wide receiver dropped a pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and was then penalized for a false start with one second left on the clock, ending the game.
“Absolutely, that’s all on me,” Marshall said, according to ESPN. “If I make that play, it puts us in a better position. I didn’t make the play and it put our team in a bad situation. You have to make those plays in games like this, so it’s all on me. It will definitely be my fuel this week to get better.”
Marshall also posted a self-critical message on Twitter after the game.
Despite Marshall’s willingness to shoulder the loss, coach Todd Bowles wasn’t as quick to condemn him.
“It would’ve been a tough catch if he made it,” Bowles said. “He’s capable of making those catches, but he just didn’t come down with it.”
Marshall, 31, leads New York in receiving yards with 578 and has scored four touchdowns in six games. Still, key mistakes have haunted him this season, including a failed lateral in Week 3 that he labeled the “worst play in NFL history.”
Now 4–2, the Jets next play the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum in Week 8.
- Erin Flynn