The New York Jets dropped to 0-4 today with a 31-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Much like their previous two games, there was never a moment of the game that was competitive or that the end result was in doubt. It was a waste of a trip down the I-95. The Jets did not show up with any intention to win this football game and thus were obliterated as their season swilled further down the toilet.
There was a second half touchdown in this game for the Jets, directly resulting from a muffed punt (for the second game in a row!). There was a Bubby Brister like gaffe from a comically overmatched Luke Falk that resulted in an Eagles touchdown. Yet, for the second game in a row, everything that happened in the second half was footnotes to a game that was decided in the first half. It was 20-0 at halftime against New England. It was 21-0 at halftime against Philadelphia. Both games started with the Jets punting, followed by the opposing team going directly down the field to score. When you are down three possessions at halftime, especially in these circumstances, the game is over.
There is not much new to report today, outside of a troubling high volume of Demaryius Thomas targets compared to Robby Anderson/Jamison Crowder targets (9 to 6) and that Chuma Edoga/Alex Lewis were not the answer to the Jets offensive line problems. Trumaine Johnson returned to the starting lineup over Nate Hairston for some reason and was the same player he has always been for the Jets: slow, penalty riddled and generally incompetent. Quinnen Williams was back on the field and was active, if inconsistent.
Outside of that it was the same story: Le’Veon Bell doing everything humanly possible to salvage something on offense (88 total yards), Leonard Williams doing nothing (1 total tackle) and Adam Gase sticking to the exact same plan game plan on offense. The Jets repeatedly run on first down, throw behind the line of scrimmage and do not utilize Ty Montgomery, Anderson or Bilal Powell. They also chose to kick a 55 yard field goal into the wind down 14-0 on 4th and 4…you can guess what happened.
There is always a tendency to blame one thing when a football team is terrible. Trust me, I know all about this from covering the Jets the past nine seasons. In 2011-2014, the blame was always on the GM and the quarterback, when Rex Ryan, a deteriorating offensive line and overrated defense were a major part of the problem. From 2016-2018, the blame was always on the Head Coach despite the General Manager being arguably the worst in the entire NFL.
The Jets biggest problem right now is their quarterback but it is far from their only problem. Their entire roster lacks talent in critical areas. Their coaching staff is overmatched, unprepared and has a lengthy track record of incompetence. Adam Gase and the cronies he brought along from Miami are 13-23 in their last 36 games heading up an AFC East team and have an average margin of defeat is 17 points in their past 7 games, with a total of four offensive touchdowns scored.
Things will gradually get easier/better as Chris Herndon, Sam Darnold and CJ Mosley return, along with getting swings at Miami, Washington and Cincinnati. Yet, Darnold will not be a cure all and the Jets middle stretch is not as extensively easy as some are making it out to be. Oakland is 3-2. The Giants and Jaguars have each won a pair of games and will not be walkovers.
The Jets need to find a pulse ASAP or this has a chance to be a historically bad season in the midst of the one of worst eras the franchise has endured.