New York Jets 1st & 10 – Ugly Wins

Stephen Russo goes 1st and 10 on the Jets ugly win over the Miami Dolphins

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A win is a win. In this league, you’ll take it. While the narrative is different because the Jets are now 5-8, this is a game that would have been deemed a “gutty” performance had it gotten the Jets to 8-5. The truth is that ugly wins count just as much as dominant wins and are the marks of a good team. The other truth is that the last nine years of ugly football and the first 11 months of Adam Gase’s tenure with the Jets haven’t afforded this team much in the way of credit for ugly wins.

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New York Jets 1st & 10 – Big Things vs. Oakland

Stephen Russo goes 1st and 10 on the New York Jets big win over the Oakland Raiders

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This was the statement win the Jets needed. The Jets, for the moment, somewhat solidified the shaky ground they have found themselves on. They beat a quality opponent, top to bottom, in a dominant fashion.

The Oakland Raiders came into Sunday on a three-game winning streak, with a formidable running game and Derek Carr in the midst of a career year, and the Jets wiped the floor with them. The Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead on their first drive and didn’t come close to the end zone after that.

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1st & 10: Jets Drop Another to the Jags and Trade Deadline Thoughts

Stephen Russo goes 1st and 10 on the New York Jets current situation post trade deadline…

Let me start with a simple thought: I am done with Adam Gase.

I was skeptical when the hire was made in January. I’m being too polite. I was livid when this hire was made. Adam Gase was a notch below Mike McCarthy on my coaching wish list. And Mike McCarthy was rock bottom. The two-hour roller-coaster ride of the should have been Matt Rhule hire to a quick change of direction to give the job to Gase was a swift kick to the you know what…

Like any other fan, I learned to deal with the fact that he’s not going anywhere.  While I disagreed with the hire, I ultimately wanted to be proven wrong and wanted the team to succeed. So, I let him endear himself to me. He made some progress with little quips on One Jets Drive, his playful banter with Jamal Adams, and of course, the smelling salts.

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1st & 10 – Thoughts Jets Embarrassing Loss to New England

Stephen Russo goes 1st and 10 on the New York Jets embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots

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I did it. I made a mistake. I made THE mistake. I allowed myself to believe. I allowed myself to become prisoner of the moment. In a world where, especially in the NFL, teams, players and coaches alike are either crowned or dragged through the mud on a week to week basis, I let myself become part of it. And against my better judgment. I admit, when Darnold returned for a lights out game against the Cowboys, it was a breath of fresh air. The guy seemed to erase every possible question mark the Jets had. Instead of remaining objective, taking a step back and looking at the big picture which I have always prided myself on, I thought everything was primed for change. Needless to say I was wrong…

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1st & 10 – Jets Drop to 0-3 With Another Dud in New England

Stephen Russo goes 1st and 10 on the New York Jets 0-3 start

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It was clearly unrealistic to expect the Jets to go into Gillette Stadium on Sunday and pull out a victory. They were without 7 starters (!) and their most important pieces on both sides of the ball in Mosley and Darnold. However, what is not unrealistic is to expect them to put up a fight. Sunday, instead of looking at this as a situation where they were playing with house money, they saw it as a reason to lay down. That is 100% on the coaching staff. Again, there was no creativity, no imagination, no trick plays. No chances taken, no throws downfield. Nothing. Adam Gase and his staff appeared to be perfectly content running a vanilla game plan, taking their lumps, and sauntering back to New Jersey to lick their wounds. On an NFL Sunday that featured seven different teams sending their backup quarterbacks into action, only one team was only able to muster 105 yards of total offense and no offensive points. Anyone know which team???

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New York Jets 1st & 10 – Opening Day Loss to the Bills

Stephen Russo goes “1st and 10” on the New York Jets week 1 opening loss…

The Jets season opener ended in typical Jets fashion as they blew a 16-point third quarter lead on their way to a one-point loss at home. Here are my thoughts on the gut-wrenching defeat…

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