Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets hiring Adam Gase as their next Head Coach
The New York Jets have decided to hire Adam Gase as their next Head Coach. Yesterday, our man Scott Mason did an excellent overview of him with Travis Wingfield who closely followed and covered him during his time in Miami, I strongly encourage you to give it a listen.
One of the benefits of this site and how I cover the team is that I don’t have to work with Adam Gase going forward or see him all the time. I don’t know anything about him personally or professionally outside of what has been discussed around his Miami tenure and what has happened on the field in his career. This also isn’t a fan site so I am not going to shill for a decision just because the Jets made it, you are just going to get my opinion, backed up by what data I can provide.
My opinion is that I strongly dislike this hire. I would criticize the hire if any other team in the NFL made it and I will criticize the Jets for making it. Now, another good thing about this site, is what do I know? Crazier things have happened in the NFL and maybe an interim owner, a 24-40 GM and a 23-25 Head Coach can make this work. I will be rooting for it as a fan.
Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets firing Todd Bowles
The New York Jets have not formally fired Todd Bowles yet but it is only a matter of hours, maybe a day at the most. This has been a foregone conclusion since Brock Osweiler and Matt Barkley beat the Jets in back to back weeks. Bowles was on shaky ground entering this season and has made zero progress in game management, staff building and player discipline. To put it succinctly, he has been a bad Head Coach and he deserves to be fired. He will likely move on to being a Defensive Coordinator in his next job. The Jets must find a way to hire a forward thinking coach who can put together a staff built to compete in today’s NFL. The game is changing and the Jets are way, way behind the rest of the league.
Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to
Prior to the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers game, most sensible fans would have asked for a great Sam Darnold game in a shootout loss to the Green Bay Packers. Well, Merry Christmas! Darnold played the game of his career for the second week in a row and the Jets blew a 14 point lead in a 44-38 overtime loss. The Jets dropped to 4-11, the third straight year of losing at least 11 games with Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles leading the way and are still in contention for the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. For historical context, Maccagnan and Bowles have the lowest winning percentage of any GM/HC combo in franchise history who have been employed for more than two years.
Joe Caporoso with thoughts on the New York Jets 29-22 loss to the Houston Texans
The New York Jets lost to the Houston Texans 29-22 last night in a highly competitive back and forth game to drop their record to 4-10. Last night’s game highlighted a few things that have been obvious all season but more importantly was a major step forward for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. Candidly, everything that happened last night that didn’t involve Darnold is just footnotes for this team right now.
Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 27-23 win against the Buffalo Bills
The New York Jets ended their six game losing streak today with a 27-23 come from behind victory against the Buffalo Bills. After a first half injury that briefly forced him to leave the game, Sam Darnold returned to overcome a second half interception and lead a pair of touchdown drives, including a game winning one in the final minutes. The Jets dropped from prospectively first in the NFL Draft standings down to fifth with the win but it is hard to complain when a win is on the back of your 21 year rookie quarterback. Darnold is now 4-6 as a starter this season.
Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 26-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans
The New York Jets lost their sixth straight game of the season today to the Tennessee Titans 26-22. Despite running out to a 13-0 lead, their defense wilted in the second half and allowed a game winning touchdown in the final minute. Offensively they were completely inept as their only touchdown came on a pick six from Trumaine Johnson in the first quarter. They settled for five field goals and have now scored a grand total of six offensive touchdowns in their past 7 games…a staggeringly low number. Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have now dropped to 23-37 overall during their four seasons in New York and have officially clinched being under .500 for the third year in a row.
Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots…
The New York Jets have established a tradition under the guidance of Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles. It is a tradition of having November and December football games be completely meaningless and putting their fans in a position where it makes more sense to root for a loss than a win when they are playing the New England Patriots in November.
The Jets trotted out their rendition of a roster today, comprised of Josh McCown throwing 12 passes to Jermaine Kearse, Isaiah Crowell racking up 30 rushing yards and a defense that managed to sack Tom Brady zero times while forcing no turnovers. They fought today as hard as possible (a change of pace from previous weeks) with their limited weapons but ultimately faded under the weight of limited talent and poor coaching in a 27-13 loss. They have now lost 5 straight games and only scored a grand total of 5 touchdowns in those 5 games, something that should be mathematically impossible in today’s NFL.
Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 41-10 regime ending loss to the Buffalo Bills
The New York Jets laid down to die in MetLife Stadium this afternoon, as Matt Barkley (!) and the Buffalo Bills, who had managed 20 points over the past 3 weeks, ran it up in a 41-10 victory. Any shreds of delusion around this failed Jets regime, that is now 23-35 over 58 games, have firmly been put to bed. The Jets are no better than they were 4 years ago when they laid down to die against the Buffalo in Detroit and received a similar whooping. The myth is over, no matter how much media posturing continues to take place.
Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins
When you are working on a 8 year playoff drought, there are many bad football games along the way. The New York Jets added one to their recent Mount Rushmore of incompetence today in a 13-6 tic-tac-toe match against the nearly equally incompetent Miami Dolphins. It was a tour de force of trash as the Jets porous game management and haphazard roster building was on full display alongside a career worst game from their rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold.
Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears…
The New York Jets were comically short handed on the offensive side of the football today due to a rash of injuries. Without their three best skill position players available (Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell), they rolled out a mish mash of Jermaine Kearse, Deontay Burnett, Andre Roberts, Trenton Cannon, a seemingly hobbled Isaiah Crowell and recently signed Rishard Matthews at receiver and running back.
Considering the circumstances expecting a Jets loss on the road was reasonable, however the organization playing like they expected to lose and playing like they welcomed a competitive loss is a problem. This is the culture of mediocrity we discussed last week and have talked about ad nauseous on this site. Today was another perfect demonstration of it in an uninspiring 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears.