Three things to know about the New Jersey Sewage and Waste Management Bowl at MetLife Stadium this Sunday, when the 1-7 New York Jets take on the 2-7 New York Giants…
1 – Burn It All
The only two things that matter around the New York Jets at this point are Sam Darnold showing some modicum of progress in the final eight games and getting to a point where Adam Gase is fired. These two things do not seem to work together on the surface but there is no reason they cannot. Darnold can play better and smarter while this team is still a generally mismanaged mess that is losing football games. We saw this last December against Green Bay and Houston. We saw it for a few brief stretches against Jacksonville and Miami. Darnold is probably going to be a roller coaster the final eight games, particularly with games left on the road against Baltimore and Buffalo. Gase is a lost cause.
Unless this team goes on a miraculous run that includes wins over teams who won’t be picking in the top five of the NFL Draft, he needs to be fired, probably during the season (it is unlikely this happens). Outside of the those two, the Jets need to exercise common sense and caution with players who are banged up like Le’Veon Bell, CJ Mosley and Chris Herndon. Do not exacerbate problems in a lost season….and yes, this is a lost season. The NFL Draft pick standings are far more interesting than the normal standings right now (yet again).
2 – Sorry For Sam
Sam sounded a bit broken in his normal media appearances this week. He is already started to talk like Gase in his useless press conferences. Darnold will be better served learning yet another new system rather than staying in a bad system, that is currently destroying whatever progress he made late last season. The Jets have set him up to fail this year and that is a damn shame because he has the necessary physical talent to be the long term starting quarterback here.
3 – The Rhule Inevitably
Does this not seem scarily inevitable? Regardless of Sunday’s result, the Giants win 4 or 5 total games, fire Pat Shurmur and go hire Matt Rhule, who has ties to this area and to the Giants organization. Maybe the Jets fire Adam Gase too but they have already burned the bridge with Rhule who doesn’t even bother to hear them out. Instead he happily takes an even bigger offer than he got last year from the Giants, after another highly successful season at Baylor. Rhule becomes a good to great coach for the Giants while the Jets are either stuck with Gase for another year or have to instead consider second or third tier options. Maybe this won’t happen but let’s prepare for the worst.