A quick rundown of my thoughts while I drink this cup of coffee. Real fans, need not join…
Maybe Sam Darnold isn’t going to be good. Maybe the Jets ruined another young quarterback. Maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe… not. Maybe it’s just one game against a very good Bills defense that sacked Sam Darnold four times and manhandled the Jets offensive line. That is probably a more accurate reaction this morning, instead of absolutely losing your mind. The Jets defense felt like it’s a game they should have won. The Bills defense, had they lost, would’ve probably felt the same.
Whereas Sam Darnold couldn’t get into any rhythm versus a good Bills defense, Josh Allen seemed to struggle in bigger spots despite being able to move the ball versus a good Jets defense. The difference between the two young signal callers came when Allen was able to essentially make the one throw Darnold couldn’t, and win the game for his team. This doesn’t mean Josh Allen is better than Sam Darnold (he was not better last year, nor when they were in college), but he did what he had to do to win the game. Sam Darnold could not, but he is in year two of his career and he had more moments last year of doing for the Jets what Allen did for the Bills yesterday. There will be moments like this as Sam goes through the maturation from highly touted draft prospect to franchise quarterback. He, and his offensive-minded head coach, need to make it so the moments become less of a common occurrence.
Leveon Bell was great, and was the Jets best player on offense. CJ Mosley was the best defensive player. This will be true most weeks.
Brian Poole was the best cornerback on the field for the Jets. I don’t know who the best offensive lineman was.
Jamison Crowder should not get double digit targets. With Chris Herndon out, Quincy Enunwa should be used as the full-time Tight End/H-Back.
Gregg Williams, despite the team not having a real edge rusher, despite his highly-touted IDL being virtually non-existent, despite the number 6 pick in a contract year registering only one hit, despite Trumaine Johnson allowing 6 catches, despite Jamal Adams not being his normal self, had his defense allow only 8 points and force turnovers and be in and around the ball A LOT. He deserves credit for coaching a defense with legitimate deficiencies up and having them in position to win this game. He seemed very content to bend but not break and, in this NFL, that’s exactly how defenses have to play.
Watching the Jets on defense on that last drive though, I realize the team still does not have a closer. I believe #GoodJoshAllen can be that closer, which is a big reason why I would’ve taken him over Big Baby, but it is on Joe Douglas to find the guy who his Eagles had (Chris Long & Brandon Graham) and who his Ravens had (Terrell Suggs & Ed Reed).
Adam Gase, to me, was a bad head coach in Miami, and he coached a terrible game yesterday. He never got Darnold on the move to mitigate the pass rush, never used a screen to LeVeon Bell to mitigate the pass rush, and had Sam Darnold resembling that former WR he used to have at QB in Miami. I did not want Gase to be the hire, and this one game did nothing to calm my nerves. He has to fix this, and fix it fast.
I had more of an impact on this game than Fireman Ed, and I was on a couch in DC.
See you next week, Browns.