After yet one more sorry efficiency, the type of no-show effort that will get coaches fired, the New York Jets stand alone because the NFL’s solely winless staff. At 0-6, they’re the chief within the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes — the one purpose for hope.
On Sunday, the Jets had been so lifeless and inept in a 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins that they gave the impression to be “Tanking for Trevor.” Tanking for coach Adam Gase most likely was extra prefer it.
Nonetheless reeling from the Le’Veon Bell ouster, the Jets’ offense stunk up in each approach conceivable, failing to transform a single third down for the primary 50 minutes. Bell would not have made a distinction, however the resolution to launch him left a bitter style with some gamers. And so they performed prefer it, as if sending a message to possession.
Gase’s firing is inevitable; it is only a matter of when. At this level, with the season misplaced and the embarrassments mounting on a weekly foundation, it would not be a shock if CEO Christopher Johnson pulls the plug now.
Not solely are they unhealthy, however they’re dysfunctional, with Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams apparently at odds over Williams’ cryptic feedback in regards to the offense from final Friday. The CBS cameras caught them exchanging phrases earlier than the sport, a foul search for the group.
The Jets dropped to 7-15 below Gase, with seven of the losses by not less than 20 factors. This was their first shutout loss to the Dolphins because the 1982 AFC Championship Recreation, the Mud Bowl.
Week after week, the Jets confirmed up unprepared, mentally and bodily. They have been outscored within the first half, 114-29 — completely astounding.
Lawrence, the Clemson quarterback, is thought to be a once-in-a-generation prospect. He’d should be an absolute savior to assist this staff, which is once-in-a-generation unhealthy.
Someplace in Kansas Metropolis, Bell is smiling — and nonetheless accumulating his Jets’ paychecks.
QB breakdown: The Jets want Sam Darnold to get again within the lineup — rapidly. Joe Flacco‘s second begin was worse than his first, as he threw an interception and presided over an offense that transformed solely two of 17 third-down makes an attempt. Take into consideration that for a second. The Jets had nearly as many punts (10) as first downs (13), a particular type of terrible. Flacco (21-for-44, 186 yards) missed open receivers, seemed tentative and gradual, like he did not wish to be there. Who might blame him?
As for Darnold (sprained shoulder), the Jets are hopeful he can play subsequent week, though that is hardly a assure. He has began throwing, albeit with a wiffle soccer.
Ryan Fitzpatrick appears like he’ll be sacked, however he avoids it by discovering Adam Shaheen together with his left hand.
Troubling development: The protection truly performed an honest recreation, recording two takeaways and two sacks. They performed onerous regardless of unhealthy subject place all through the day. It wasn’t good — they acquired torched early within the recreation, as standard, and dedicated too many dumb penalties — nevertheless it was respectable. The issue was that Williams opened his mouth final week with divisive feedback that might cut up the staff. He wasn’t incorrect, suggesting the offensive is not pulling its weight, nevertheless it was the improper factor to say on the improper time. You need to surprise if the Gase-Williams partnership can proceed.
Greatest gap within the recreation plan: Gase relied an excessive amount of on operating again Frank Gore. Why run a 37-year-old in a misplaced season? The plan was to make use of rookie La’Mical Perine, who was purported to get the majority of the carries. It did not work out like that, as Perine ran seven instances to Gore’s 11. It made no sense. Ty Johnson made his Jets debut and broke a 34-yard achieve, the longest by a Jets operating again this season — a flickering brilliant spot.
Daring prediction: The Jets face the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots within the subsequent three weeks. They are going to be 0-9. Neglect about profitable — will they rating?