The New York Jets had an eventful week, to say the least. Let’s dive into all of it in this week’s three things, including their upcoming Tank Bowl brought to you by Adam Gase and Dowell Loggains…
1 – I didn’t ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business…
When it was all said and done, the Jets only traded Leonard Williams (a good move!) and passed on the swirling rumor avalanche around Robby Anderson, Le’Veon Bell, Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams. The Anderson chatter made sense and if the rumors are true that they only received an offer for a 4th rounder, it was wise they hung on to him. With Le’Veon Bell, it was probably always a pipe dream to move him with his contract and position, while it also would have made Sam Darnold’s life that much harder. Maybe Adam Gase can get out of his own way, nap for a few hours and figure out a few ways to use one of the league’s best offensive playmakers. I am not sure how much of a market there really was for Maye considering his age and injury history, despite the productive season he is having.
As for Adams, in some ways it is very surprising there were any rumors about him. In other ways, it really wasn’t. I don’t want to speculate on the Twitter wars between Adams and the front office because I really don’t care. Joe Douglas was doing his necessary due diligence to consider every option possible to improve the team’s roster and ultimately held when the Cowboys wouldn’t offer up enough picks. There is nothing wrong with that. Adams is a great safety but is not untouchable because of his position, the team being 10-29 since they drafted him and because it is fairly easy to believe he would be amendable to a trade with how this year has gone. The trade rumors will likely kick back up closer to the NFL Draft and may ultimately never be consummated but the Jets need edge rushers, offensive linemen and cornerbacks. Every path possible to acquire more of those needs to be considered…that includes Adams, Bell and everyone else not named Sam Darnold.
2 – So, now what?
After the all the commotion, the Jets are still arguably the worst team in the NFL who is trying to win football games led by arguably the worst Head Coach in the NFL…not great Bob! Their franchise quarterback is slumping and turning the football over at Sanchez-Ian levels (in his past 10 quarters, he has 2 touchdowns and 8 interceptions). The remaining schedule is the softest in the NFL which is hopefully good news for Sam getting right but potentially bad news for creating a false illusion of team progress under Gase, teeing him up for a second season after unproductive chaos under his leadership. The Jets locker room should be…interesting the rest way, after this trade deadline, with the number of injuries the team has sustained (and the Kelechi Osemele situation) and with them out of contention so early.
3 – Oh, there is a game
I don’t really know what to make of Sunday’s game. I stand by this take.
A take: I would prefer to see the #Jets lose to Miami next week. Their organization is trying to lose so a win will bother them more/could disrupt 1st overall pick and it likely expedites NYJ moving on from this coaching staff, which is for the best long term. No?
— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) October 27, 2019
It may seem nihilistic but do you want a 2020 season where Miami has Tua under center and the Jets have Adam Gase on the sidelines or a 2020 season where Miami has a different quarterback under center and the Jets have a different coach on the sidelines? I know my answer.
The Dolphins are flagrantly trying to lose football games so beating them doesn’t seem all that exciting. They are in a whole separate bucket of other upcoming “easy” games against Washington and Cincinnati, who are just your normal awful teams like the Jets. It really is something that Gase did so much damage in Miami that they are undertaking the most ambitious tank and rebuild in league history and his current team is the worst in the league, who is not ambitiously tanking.