Before the start of the 2019 season, there was something surrounding the Jets that hadn’t been there in almost a decade. Hope. There was hope that under an offensive-minded coach (Adam Gase), this team would make the turn and compete. Jets faithful hoped that the addition of LeVeon Bell and some pieces on the OL would allow Sam Darnold to flourish in a new offense.
After the best first-half anyone could have asked for in Week 1, it seemed like it was too good to be true. Well, I hate to say it, but it was too good to be true. The second half of that game and the five weeks that followed were five of the worst weeks in the history of this franchise.
The Free Fall Begins
They blew the Week 1 game in Buffalo losing 17-16; their franchise QB was diagnosed with mono and missed the next three games immediately putting the Jets in an 0-4 hole. In those three games that Sam missed, the Jets’ offense accounted for zero touchdowns. They went three straight games without scoring an offensive touchdown before Sam brought us all back in.
One performance against the Cowboys brought the entire fan base back in. It wasn’t only the fan base either, but the media as well. The media started talking about the Jets and how their easy schedule may lead to a playoff run. Let’s all laugh at that together.
Since that win, the Jets have been shutout by the Patriots, blown out by the Jaguars, and they were the first team to lose to the Dolphins. They finally ended that skid with a win against the Giants this past weekend.
With the exception of the Cowboy game, every game ended with one thing in common: the fan base calling for Gase’s head. Why not?! This guy was supposed to be the “QB Whisperer,” which is precisely why they brought him in. He was hired to help Sam Darnold take the leap from a rookie with potential to budding superstar. It was clear that he did not make this jump when he “was seeing ghosts” on national TV against the Pats. Sam turned the ball over five times during that game, and it’s hard to place the blame on a second-year QB.
The Worst Jets Game Ever
I watched almost every second of that game, and refuse to place the blame on Sam Darnold. It was Adam Gase’s fault! Bill Belichick went in with a gameplan to pressure Sam at all costs. Most of the blitzes Bill was throwing were zero blitzes, meaning every defensive player not in coverage blitzed. Sam had less than no time to throw the ball, and with no playmaking WRs, you can see why he struggled.
After the first interception, I thought to myself, Gase will start using TEs and RBs to help in pass protection. Couldn’t have been more wrong! Not only did Gase not make adjustments on the next drive, but he didn’t make adjustments all night! Sam wound up throwing four interceptions, all of which were under immense pressure.
It was the first time in my life as a Jets fan that I could not watch the end of a game. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
No Adjustments Made
The Jaguars used the same blueprint the next week, except this time, Sam made the plays himself. For the second week in a row, Adam Gase couldn’t devise a plan to protect his franchise QB. In that game, Sam threw three interceptions and was sacked EIGHT times! Eight times! After watching your QB run for his life the week before, you as a coach respond by letting him get sacked eight times in the next game?! That is unacceptable, especially for a guy who has three years of head coaching experience!
The fact of the matter is that Adam Gase has not gotten the job done this year. Wins and losses aside, Sam Darnold looks no different than he did last year. He looks like a second-year QB with the potential to be a star. Gase was hired to unlock that next level for him, and it didn’t happen!
Adam Gase was hired as a head coach in the NFL strictly because of his “work” in Denver. He was the Offensive Coordinator for the Broncos team that set the NFL record for points in a season. The only issue was that Gase didn’t have to do anything. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest QBs ever to live, and he audibles more than any QB in NFL history. More than half of the plays run by the Broncos that season was called by Peyton, not Gase.
Not a good call Chris. Adam needs to go! It had already been alluded to before this week’s game against the Giants.
The Cardinals met expectations by going 3-13 last year, and they still fired Steve Wilks. Adam Gase took a much-improved team and made them worse. Hue Jackson had a couple of really good excuses, and Adam has nothing!
What kind of organization stares down a 3-13 record and decides midseason that they are going to keep their head coach not only for this season but for next season as well.
Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you the New York Jets.