New York Jets Midseason Evaluation: A Complete Disaster

The New York Jets 2020 season has been a disaster, to say the least. The team stands at 0-8 with all but one of their losses being by multiple scores.

Everything about the club has been a disaster from the coaching to the offense to the defense at times. The team is on pace for an 0-16 season, in which they aim to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Whether Lawrence will enter the draft or not remains to be seen, but it’s clear what the Jets plans are.

Jets’ Offseason Moves Fail to Move the Needle

New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas claimed before the season that the Jets were in it to compete this season. His offseason additions of Greg Van Roten, Breshad Perriman, Connor McGovern, George Fant, etc. were supposed to be apart of an improved Jets squad. That has not been the case, however, and the Jets’ main loss was wide receiver, Robby Anderson. He has had a breakout season so far with the Carolina Panthers, which GM Joe Douglas now says he regrets.

“…we thought that Robby’s value was going to be even greater than what he signed for in Carolina. And I think that’s on me, ultimately, and that’s on us moving forward to get a better handle on every player’s market value.” Douglas owned up to the mistake of letting Anderson go and in a contract, the Jets could’ve easily afforded. A two-year, $20 million contract for Anderson is peanuts considering the Jets gave $8 million to Breshad Perriman, who has performed well below expectations.

Douglas Discusses State of Jets

Joe Douglas also took the time to discuss the current state of the New York Jets, in which he deflects blame to himself. He also defends head coach Adam Gase who has faced his fair share of criticism. He says “This is not all on Adam,” and says that he has “to do a better job of surrounding him with better players and better weapons.” He then goes on to say “We’re in this together…The goal is to get it fixed together.” Douglas is correct in that the team does not have enough offensive and defensive weapons to be competitive.

The Jets’ top receivers are Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios, and Denzel Mims. The Jets’ top running backs are currently Frank Gore and rookie La’Mical Perine. Unfortunately for New York, that is just not going to cut it. Douglas is going to have a lot of work in the offseason to change the Jets’ fortunes. The Jets will have to have a really strong draft to even think about being competitive next year. The Jets will also hold the second-most cap space in the league and they can do with that as they wish.

Jets Fans Want Coaching Change

Adam Gase has been on the hot seat from Jets fans ever since the first loss of the season to the Bills. Jets fans knew that Adam Gase was not the right man for the job, but it seems that went over the head of management and ownership. Gase seems to have the full backing of Jets owner, Christopher Johnson, which does not ring well with the Jets faithful.

Gase has been an absolute disaster and it seems the Jets players have not responded well to his leadership. Douglas made Jets’ fans stomach churn when he said that Gase is “part of the solution.” Not exactly something Jets fans want to hear especially if they end up being a new quarterback next year. That of course could be Trevor Lawrence, though it all comes down to whether he enters the draft or not.

Gase Unimpressive at the Helm

Adam Gase’s offense has been a real struggle this season. Thus, it’s no surprise that Gase has now transferred play-calling to the Jets offensive coordinator, Dowell Loggains. However, it does not seem to have changed much for the Jets. In the two games that Loggains has held play-calling, the Jets have scored a combined nineteen points. Things started well in both games, however, the second halves in both games were disappointing. In total, the Jets could only muster one touchdown in those two games.

The Jets also struggled mightily in their first six games of the season. Every game was decided by at least two scores. The Jets fell by ten in week one, eighteen in week two, twenty-nine in week three, nine in week four, twenty in week five, and twenty-four in week six. The Jets were only able to muster ten touchdowns in those games as they were unable to make up some large early deficits. Defensively, the team struggled to stay disciplined and the increased task of picking up the dreadful offense became tiring. This has led to the team being outscored by 144 points, an unprecedented amount.

Darnold’s Concerning Steps Backward

Furthermore, another issue for the New York Jets has been Sam Darnold‘s steps backward. Of course, not all of that can be attributed to Darnold himself. He has not been given the right weapons to succeed as say his counterpart in Buffalo, Josh Allen. The offensive line has been a struggle again for Darnold, who faces a high amount of pressures per game. Darnold has seemingly been left out to dry by his own coach. Adam Gase is rarely connecting with Darnold throughout each game to coordinate plays. Also, Gase has refused to allow Darnold to call audibles, which could make a difference in certain situations.

As a result, this may very well be Darnold’s last year in the green in white. Possible trade destinations include the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. Darnold is a great talent and will succeed with a good supporting cast in front of him. Unfortunately, the Jets have failed him in a big way.

Overall, it’s clearly been a disaster of a season for Gang Green. The Jets will likely not be in any competitive standing for the rest of the season as they’re on pace for an 0-16 season. The schedule continues to be a tough hill to climb for NY as they face the Patriots twice, Dolphins once, and four West Coast teams. The goal of the New York Jets has never been more self-evident and it seems likely the team will get to where they want to be.

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