When you are working on a 8 year playoff drought, there are many bad football games along the way. The New York Jets added one to their recent Mount Rushmore of incompetence today in a 13-6 tic-tac-toe match against the nearly equally incompetent Miami Dolphins. It was a tour de force of trash as the Jets porous game management and haphazard roster building was on full display alongside a career worst game from their rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold.
Darnold does not deserve a pass for his 21/39, 229 yard, 4 interception performance today. He was terrible. The final two turnovers were desperation throws on 4th and long but he was skittish after his first half interception, which was a telegraphed throw into triple coverage. The concerns about Darnold’s ability to protect the football were on full display today as he played an erratic and inaccurate game. He has a hit a rough patch in the middle of the season and it remains to be seen if he can dig himself out of it.
He is receiving zero help from his organization to dig himself out of anything though. Darnold has a center who is snapping the ball like an intoxicated grade schooler, receivers who are sleep walking through their routes and dropping passes (hello veteran ‘leader’ Jermaine Kearse) and an offensive coordinator who is in way over his head and is demonstrating why he has never been a successful NFL offensive coordinator in his long coaching career. Outside of that he has a Head Coach who cannot manage a game or even recognize the need to bench his struggling center and a supporting offensive line that cannot protect him from opponent’s pass rush.
The Jets defense did their job today. They completely shut down an offense without their staring quarterback and starting right tackle. Jordan Jenkins led the way with two sacks and Jamal Adams had an active game with multiple TFLs and passes defensed. The Jets didn’t force any turnovers but they held Miami to two field goals…that should be enough to get a victory.
It is plainly evident the Jets need to fire their entire coaching staff. This isn’t even worth having a conversation about, which is why this site (and this writer) doesn’t harp on it too much. It is also plainly evident that the General Manager and his front office needs to be fired. He has not earned the right to spend 100 million in cap space after spending his last 100 million in cap space on Long, Trumaine Johnson, Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor. The record speaks for itself and Maccagnan should not have say on how that money is spent, how the picks are used or how the coaching decision is made. The Jets are now 23-34 under this regime and are 3-6 through 9 games for the second time in three years (they were 4-5 the other year). Their season being dead by the first days of November is a now annual tradition. Clean house before your rookie quarterback gets ruined.