A new year, a new format for our far too frequent loss vents here at TOJ. Let’s dive in on the ass kicking the Jets took from the Buffalo Bills in week 1…
Does The Coach Still Suck?Yes, yes he does. The Jets offensive game plan was exactly what you’d mock it out to be if you were trying to make fun of Adam Gase on social media. The Jets were perilously thin at wide receiver and had apparently decent depth at tight end after investing to keep Ryan Griffin with Chris Herndon, should the team adjust accordingly? Of course not. The Jets stayed in Gase’s beloved 11 personnel, allowed an old, washed up veteran in Chris Hogan to out snap Jamison Crowder and get 4 targets for 0 yards, while barely playing Griffin and not targeting Herndon until garbage time. The Jets used little to no pre snap motion or shifting, regularly ran on second and long (#GaseTurds as we’ll call them on Twitter moving forward) and played with no tempo at all. When asked yesterday, he said he regretted zero calls even though about 75% of the Jets minuscule yardage total either came in garbage time or on a fluke screen pass to Jamison Crowder when they were down 18 points in the second half. New year, same ineptitude!
The Sam Meter
Courtesy of Bobby Rinaldi on Twitter – We love a good chart or graph here at TOJ so let’s indulge
I will go a touch lower than his ranking of 4.2 and put it at 3.9 because while Gase was awful per usual on Sunday and the supporting cast was no better, Darnold played as poorly as we’ve seen him play since the Monday Night New England game last year. Don’t let the box score fool you (which isn’t pretty anyway), Darnold regularly missed throws, floated a terrible interception down the middle of the field and looked skittish and overmatched.
We have seen this from time to time throughout his career and it is usually followed by an improved stretch of play but the clock is ticking, whether fans want to admit or not, in year three. If the Jets are bad enough to be picking in the top five, there is a very real chance they are taking a quarterback and Sunday they looked like a team who would be picking in the top five and would be right to pick a quarterback.
Now, it has been one game this season and he won’t play Buffalo’s defense every week (although this week won’t be any easier against San Francisco) but there is more than enough time for him to turn things around.
WTF Statistics Of The Week
- If you take away Crowder’s 69 yard (nice) touchdown and the 58 yards on the garbage time touchdown drive, Darnold threw for 88 yards.
- Quinnen Williams only played 57% of the defensive snaps and had two penalties and zero sacks or quarterback hits of course.
- Jordan Jenkins played only 36% of the defensive snaps.
- The Jets got a delay of game after a kickoff.
- In his 14 starts with Adam Gase, Sam Darnold has been under 225 yards passing 7 times.