The New York Jets have established a tradition under the guidance of Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles. It is a tradition of having November and December football games be completely meaningless and putting their fans in a position where it makes more sense to root for a loss than a win when they are playing the New England Patriots in November.
The Jets trotted out their rendition of a roster today, comprised of Josh McCown throwing 12 passes to Jermaine Kearse, Isaiah Crowell racking up 30 rushing yards and a defense that managed to sack Tom Brady zero times while forcing no turnovers. They fought today as hard as possible (a change of pace from previous weeks) with their limited weapons but ultimately faded under the weight of limited talent and poor coaching in a 27-13 loss. They have now lost 5 straight games and only scored a grand total of 5 touchdowns in those 5 games, something that should be mathematically impossible in today’s NFL.
Offensively, Josh McCown had a few good moments but it ultimately took him 45 pass attempts to reach 276 passing yards and the Jets only managed one touchdown (zero in the second half). He threw another interception and was sacked twice. There has been no tangible improvement of the offense with him under center compared to Darnold, if anything, they have been worse.
The Jets had no running game to speak of: Isaiah Crowell and Elijah McGuire combined for 12 carries for 49 yards and 0 touchdowns. Crowell is now under 50 yards rushing for the 6th straight game. Jermaine Kearse had 12 targets today, which is something that doesn’t feel beneficial to the long term health of this offense, while Deontay Burnett and Rishard Matthews were inactive. He scored the team’s only touchdown and caught half of those targets for 66 yards. Quincy Enunwa had a solid outing catching all 4 of his targets for 73 yards. Chris Herndon also played well with 7 catches for 57 yards on 8 targets. (The Jets should throw the ball to Enunwa and Herndon as much as possible).
Defensively, the Jets played a strong first half but wilted once the game was 13-13 late in the second half allowing the Patriots to march up and down the field on them en route to their victory. Tom Brady was sacked zero times. The team forced zero turnovers and allowed a total of 498 yards. They were pushed around when it mattered, per usual.
Jamal Adams played a great game, outside of a missed tackle on Julian Edelman that led to a touchdown. He held up well against Rob Gronkowski and made his impact felt on the back end of the defense with 10 tackles and 3 passes defensed. Elsewhere, the Jets “cornerstones” didn’t make much of an impact. Leonard Williams had 3 tackles, 1 quarterback hit, 1 personal foul and 0 sacks…again. Darron Lee had 6 tackles and made no impact plays. Trumaine Johnson looked like JAG out there as his disappointing debut Jets season continued, while the Patriots regularly picked on Morris Claiborne in coverage.
Overall, the Jets are bad and these games are mostly meaningless wastes of time until Sam Darnold starts playing again. It sounds harsh but McCown to Kearse passes mean nothing for this team in 2019, just like they didn’t last year. Both the offense and defense have a few usable long term pieces (with no potential stars outside of maybe Adams) but the majority of reps right now are being played by overmatched JAGs coached by a staff that will be out the door in a few weeks. This is football purgatory.