New York Jets, The Unnecessary Gase Commitment – The Three Things

Joe Caporoso with the three things about Sam Darnold’s current development trajectory

Wait, what? 

1 – It is one thing to publicly commit to not firing your coach during the season. It makes sense on some levels. It is asinine to commit to keeping your 25-33 career Head Coach through 2020 at this stage of the 2019 season. It is a reward for mediocrity and pairs well with the organization’s refusal to ever give a playoff mandate before a season. They have effectively developed a culture that has missed the playoffs nine years in a row in a league filled with parity. Today’s impromptu press conference put an exclamation point on that.

2 –This organization is silly enough to weigh beating the 2-7 Giants (without Evan Engram, Sterling Shepherd and multiple starting offensive linemen) by a touchdown as winning a Super Bowl and as a true sign of progress. There is little doubt they are gearing up to sell a narrative of massive progress in the second half of the season if they can climb to a 5-11 record by beating teams like Washington, Cincinnati, and Miami. You can buy it if you want but this is an organization who sold you giving Mike Maccagnan another year at this time in 2018, then reversed course right after the NFL Draft. They also sold you patience in 2017, 2018 and 2019 which has amounted to a 11-30 record over that timespan, with a barren roster, an average salary cap situation and an offensive coach with the worst offense in the NFL.

3 – Apathy is well deserved for this organization at this point, as they wind down another 4-5 win season and will tell you there is no playoff mandate for 2020. The Jets got their cupcake schedule this year. Next year they get the NFC West, AFC West and an improving AFC East (which they can’t even win a single game as of now).

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports