EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Seconds away from their first win, the New York Jets took an pointless gamble on protection — an all-out blitz that resulted in a landing and a 31-28 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Afterward, Jets security Marcus Maye — a staff captain — unleashed a verbal blitz on defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who made the ill-fated name on Henry Ruggs‘ 46-yard scoring catch with 5 seconds left.
“I simply felt like we might’ve been in a greater name in that state of affairs,” Maye stated.
Maye doubled down on that opinion. Truly, he went manner past that. Throughout his four-minute, 30-second interview with reporters, he made eight references to how the protection ought to’ve been given a “higher name” on third-and-10 with 13 seconds left when the play began.
As a substitute of defending the tip zone and the sidelines with a comfortable zone, Williams — identified for his aggressiveness — known as a Cowl 0 blitz. That meant no deep assist from a security. He despatched eight rushers at quarterback Derek Carr, leaving solely three defenders in man-to-man protection.
The play name was unprecedented in current NFL historical past. In response to analysis by ESPN Stats & Info, out of the 252 cross performs tried underneath related circumstances up to now 15 seasons, the Jets have been the one protection to ship greater than six rushers.
Jackson, undrafted out of Nebraska, bit on a double transfer and let the speedy Ruggs get previous him. He had 2 yards of separation when Carr’s cross arrived, in keeping with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats knowledge — and the Raiders (7-5) had a miracle victory.
“I could not consider they all-out blitzed us,” stated Carr, who handed for 381 yards — together with 200 yards and two touchdowns to tight finish Darren Waller.
It was a devastating loss for the Jets, who dropped to 0-12 and tied the longest dropping streak in franchise historical past. They performed their greatest recreation of the season , they usually thought they’d the win after a fourth-down cease deep in their very own territory with 1:37 to play.
However the offense went three-and-out, permitting the Raiders to take over at their 39 with 35 seconds left. Three performs later, Carr went deep to Ruggs.
The postgame feelings within the locker room have been uncooked, gamers stated. That Maye questioned his coordinator’s technique was extremely uncommon, creating extra turmoil for the Jets, who’ve been immersed in numerous controversies all through the season.
“Our guys work manner too laborious to undergo this s—,” stated a disgusted Adam Gase, who dropped to 7-21 because the Jets’ coach and certain can be fired on the finish of the season.
Williams wasn’t made accessible after the sport.
Requested to elucidate Williams’ technique, Gase stated the objective was to create stress on Carr, including that Williams had “accomplished effectively with all of it recreation. That is what occurred. We had a few free runners, however we did not get there.”
Gase did not make a convincing protection of Williams, who’s given complete autonomy to run the protection.
“You are on this league lengthy sufficient, you see video games like this,” Gase stated. “You do not wish to be a part of them, I do know that.”
The Jets made solely two sacks, each with four-man rushes. On the play earlier than the Ruggs landing, Williams went the other manner, dropping eight into protection and dashing solely three. Large receiver Nelson Agholor was open ultimately zone, however Carr overthrew him.
On the blitz, Jackson, beginning solely his fifth recreation, was put in “an especially robust” state of affairs, Maye stated.
Jackson did not supply any excuses, and he did not blame anybody however himself.
“I knew it was a kind of issues the place they have been going to take a shot on the finish zone,” he stated. “Initially, I used to be getting again, getting again, getting again. It was zero protection. Defending the tip zone was what’s necessary.
“The receiver gave me a pleasant little double transfer, and I sort of associated to it. He is a quick man, and he was in a position to get a step on me. And that was that. … That play isn’t going to outline me or my profession.”
However it might outline the Jets’ season, the worst in franchise historical past.
“It is laborious to fathom, dropping a recreation like that,” stated quarterback Sam Darnold, who threw two touchdowns and ran for one more in his greatest efficiency of the season.
There have been lots of positives for the Jets, who overcame a 24-13 deficit by scoring 15 unanswered factors. This was a uncommon likelihood to win. Apart from a last-second loss to the New England Patriots in Week 9, they’ve been blown out in most video games this season.
“We must always’ve gained,” Darnold stated. “We have had just a few video games this yr the place we have not had an opportunity. To have a recreation like this, that we must always’ve gained on the finish, these ones undoubtedly damage extra.”