There is one logical course of action for the New York Jets at this point that can show their fan base they have some type of pulse on the reality of their organization’s current situation. Own the recent hiring mistake you made, rectify it and begin laying the groundwork for 2020 immediately.
Fire Adam Gase. Fire Dowell Loggains. Put Jim Bob Cooter in charge of the offense for the rest of the season and let Gregg Williams be the interim Head Coach. Chalk up the Gase mistake to a first time owner listening to a since disposed General Manager. Nobody is going to doubt or question the move with the team’s record at 1-7 and their offense on pace to have a historically putrid season. It is better for Sam Darnold to learn a new system, than be stuck in a bad system. Each passing week here could prospectively do more damage to Darnold long term, particularly when he starts playing better teams like Oakland, Baltimore and Buffalo. If the Jets cannot beat Miami, who can they beat?
Adjust the coaching staff and end any late season return pipe dreams. Put CJ Mosley and his 400 million contract on IR to get him back 100% for 2020. Do not even consider rushing Chris Herndon back if he isn’t clearly 100% healthy. Try to play Trevon Wesco and if cannot contribute at this level and beat out Daniel Brown for reps, then flush him out along with the other players from Maccagnan’s final draft class who cannot contribute, like they did with Jachai Polite. The same goes Chuma Edoga at offensive tackle. Any and every personnel decision the rest of the way should be made with an eye to 2020. Any and every personnel move after the season should be made with the goal of acquiring draft capital and salary cap flexibility.
There are no essential players to keep on the roster, outside of Darnold, who the team needs to give one more run at building around with a focus at the proper positions: Offensive line. Edge rusher. Cornerback. The Jets can use another playmaker or two at the skill positions but Le’Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and a theoretically healthy Chris Herndon aren’t the biggest problems right now and they should improve with a more competent offensive scheme design and blocking.
Joe Douglas needs to shed all the fat and incompetence he can while probably a swinging a deal or two in the offseason that he nearly did at the trade deadline. This is a team that needs something like 6 or 7 picks in the first three rounds to start moving the needle in the right direction. This is a team that needs to end any illusion that pieces like Trumaine Johnson, Brian Winters, Brandon Shell, Daryl Roberts and Kelvin Beachum are part of the solution.
This entire situation is sour milk. The worst thing the Jets can do is talk themselves into finding a way to get something out of it, rather than just toss the whole carton out. Christopher Johnson should not be expected to know anything about football but he should be expected to have common sense as a human being. The Jets are the worst team in the NFL, after spending 100M+ in free agency and having a top three pick in the NFL Draft. They have the worst offense in the NFL despite having a talented young quarterback and hiring an “offense minded” Head Coach. They are not just losing, they are getting pummeled. The locker room is a mess. The effort is inconsistent. It is a miserable team with zero identity that is rapidly crumbling. This is a lay up for Johnson to earn some credibility with the fans. Can he do it?