There are no excuses for the New York Jets performance last night. New England is the best team in football but we have seen teams like Washington, the Giants and even Miami be more competitive against them than the effort the Jets put forward last night.
Hell, the Jets were more competitive against them with Bryce Petty under center and Todd Bowles coaching than they were last night. It was a no show job. A no show job on national television in the team’s first chance for a “big” win since the Minnesota game in October of last year.
This is a common refrain in our writing but multiple things can be true at once, particularly when a team is consistently this awful. Sam Darnold terrible last night. It was the worst game of his career and the most lost he has ever looked on a football field. The Jets coaching staff was also terrible last night. They did nothing to help their young quarterback and looked completely unprepared on both sides of the football. The Jets looked like a team who had read their press clippings, despite being 1-4, which is borderline incomprehensible…then again we watched them wildly celebrate an intentional grounding penalty down 26-0.
Vent about Sam all you want after last night but don’t throw in the towel on the Jets 22 year old quarterback making his 16th start. There have been a few great games, a few awful games and plenty somewhere in between. The net statistics through 16 games are as follows:
Darnold’s first 16 starts:
– 58 completion percentage
– 20 TDs
– 20 INTs
– 6.7 YPA
– 3,464 yards
– 3 lost fumbles
– 138 rushing yards, 1 TD
– Three 300+ yard games
– Five 250+ yard games
– 5-11 overall (3 home wins, 2 road wins)
— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) October 22, 2019
It isn’t the prettiest stat line but with the context of his surrounding situation over these 16 games, it is far from a train wreck or unsalvageable. The talent is there and Jets fans should still be confident Darnold could be the quarterback of the future, no matter how bad last night was. Young quarterbacks have ups and downs.
The coaching staff is another story. Adam Gase is on game 55. He has a 43 winning percentage and 24 double digit losses. He has produced 7 offensive touchdowns in his past 9 games. In 12 quarters with Sam Darnold this year, he has 4 touchdowns. He scored 0 offensive touchdowns in 8 quarters against the Patriots this year. The best he could do on his offensive coaching staff was Dowell ‘Freakin Loggains and Jim Bob Cooter. Gase’s seat should be warming up substantially after last night and will be scalding hot if the Jets can’t find a way to beat Jacksonville on the road. The organization wold be insane to not hold him to a better standard than we’ve seen these first six games.
Let us hope that Joe Douglas is up to the destroy and rebuild challenge in front of him. It is time to move on from Leonard Williams. It is time to move on from every offensive lineman not named Chuma Edoga or Alex Lewis. It is time to find Darnold a legitimate lead receiver who can appear when the Jets play the Patriots. It is time to stop investing so much resources into interior defensive linemen and go find some damn edge rushers. Henry Anderson, Leonard Williams and Quinnen Williams have combined for 0 sacks through six games this year. It is time to compile draft picks. It is time to cut Trumaine Johnson, regardless of his contract. What kind of impact does it have on the rest of his team watching his effort level week after week, knowing what he is paid? Spend less time fighting with Kelechi Osemele about his injury and more time benching the Johnsons of the world.The Jets waste alot of time talking about culture. The only culture they have right now is the 31st best record in the NFL since week 17 of the 2015 season and a culture of regularly getting their asses kicked in front of the entire country. They deserve a stadium full of drunk Patriots fans at their home games.