Initial Reaction – Why Would You Think Anything Changed? Bills Crush Jets To Open Season

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets

The New York Jets decided continuity was important for quarterback Sam Darnold heading into year three, at least when it came to coaching. Head Coach Adam Gase was brought back as the de facto Offensive Coordinator, Dowell Loggains was brought back as the Offensive Coordinator but as the de facto Quarterbacks Coach, a position the Jets left officially vacant again. They were going to run the same system and trust more time would make it better and hope in year five that Gase and his system would finally click together and work wonders for Darnold…

The season opener against Buffalo today did nothing but provide further proof that Gase and his system are what they have always been…wildly ineffective and Darnold isn’t ready to overcome it. Despite Buffalo playing a sloppy game that included two missed goals, two lost Josh Allen fumbles and poor tackling that allowed a Jamison Crowder screen to turn into a 69 yard touchdown, the Jets still lost by 10 with the support of a meaningless garbage time touchdown, 27-17. They have now scored less than 20 points in 11 of the 17 games Adam Gase has coached them in…

Buffalo has more talent and played like it. Buffalo is better coached and played like it and sadly, they have a better quarterback at least right now. Despite limited offensive support and a shaky coaching staff, Darnold cannot get a pass for how poorly he played. The numbers in the box score lie and they aren’t even pretty: 21/35, 215 yards, 6.1 YPA, 1 TD, 1 INT. I don’t doubt Sam may have more talent than Josh Allen but right now, he is a more productive NFL player and he had a few ugly mistakes himself today.

The Jets game plan issues were the same as last year: many second and long runs, limited use of Le’Veon Bell in the passing game until late in the first half (then he got hurt), limited use of Chris Herndon until garbage time, poor game management (delay of game after a kickoff, poor clock management before halftime). It also wasn’t just silo’d to the offense today as the Jets defense was penalty crazy and got worked up and down the field by Allen and the Bills offense. Pierre Desir looked like Daryl Roberts 2.0 and was benched by the second quarter. Quinnen Williams most notable contributions were two penalties, including a drive extending one on third down.

There a few bright spots on defense as Marcus Maye thrived in the Jamal Adams role with two sacks and a forced fumble and Bless Austin was more than competent on the outside at corner…outside of that, there isn’t much positive to say. The Jets were awful today, looking the part of one of the worst teams in the NFL and one who is long past due to fire their Head Coach who is now 5-20 in his past 25 road games…

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