Another week, another double digit loss for the New York Jets, who kicked off the “soft” part of their schedule today with a 29-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Adam Gase now has more double digit losses (25) than wins (24) in his coaching career, as the Jets dropped to 1-6 overall and 2-15 in their past 17 games. Sam Darnold’s return to the lineup has been far from a cure all for the Jets who again looked unprepared on defense and completely overmatched on offense.
Darnold finished 21/30, 218 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. It was an uneven performance, where he flashed some good things but ultimately had two brutal interceptions in the fourth quarter when the game was still in question. He is not getting any help from his offensive line. He is not getting any help from his Head Coach but he still has to play better, clean up his mechanics and protect the football. Gardner Minshew was the best quarterback on the field today. The Jets cannot have that happen.
Since returning from mono, Darnold and the Jets offense are only averaging 13 points per game. You cannot compete in the NFL with that type of output. Le’Veon Bell has been successfully caged by this offensive system and lack of offensive line talent (35 total yards). Robby Anderson likely played his last game as a Jet today and finished with 43 yards. It seems likely both him and Leonard Williams (who of course had no recorded sacks today) will be moved before the trade deadline. Ryan Griffin had a career day with 66 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. Jamison Crowder only chipped in 24 yards receiving.
Defensively the Jets were flat out bad for the second week in a row. Jamal Adams had arguably his worst game as a pro, as he was victimized on all Jaguars three touchdowns, dropped an interception and picked up two personal fouls. It was another quiet game for rookie Quinnen Williams, while the Jaguars Josh Allen racked up a pair of sacks and now has seven on the season. Trumaine Johnson left the game with an injury…or something. The unit was regularly caught of position and had defensive linemen attempting to cover far too frequently.
The harsh reality is the Jets would probably be better off long term losing to Miami next week. It may be the only thing that shakes the organization enough to move on from this coaching staff after one year and Miami is trying to lose. A win is going to bother them more and potentially disrupt their plans for the first overall pick. This season is over (in October, again). The only thing that matters at this point is Darnold finding a way to get back on track.