With pretty low expectations heading into the 2021 season, the New York Jets didn’t have much hope to compete in a crowded AFC. So far in 2021, the team has had growing pains and is off to a slow 0-2 start. Both of their losses have come due to poor offensive performances. Below, I will review each aspect of the team two weeks into the season.
This offense is very young and hasn’t been great so far. However, they have shown flashes of brillance and haven’t been as bad as the 2020 offense. In Week 1, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson had a tough first half, but rebounded and had himself a solid second half. In Week 2, he was simply terrible, as he threw four interceptions. He looked indecisive, and was forcing throws left and right. Wilson looks to improve in Week 3 against a loaded Broncos secondary.
The running backs struggled in Week 1, but played much better as a unit this past week. Michael Carter totaled 59 yards yesterday and looked much more explosive than Week 1. The rest of the run game looked much better with improved run blocking from the offensive line. After a strong debut in which he totaled nearly 100 yards, Corey Davis only recorded 8 yards receiving yesterday. However, after a slow first NFL game, Elijah Moore had a few solid catches yesterday and had nearly 50 yards. Overall, the receiving core and the run game hasn’t been bad, but there is still room to improve.
After a brutal showing in Week 1, the offensive line massively improved in Week 2, especially Morgan Moses. Overall, the offense hasn’t been something to write home about so far, but it is an incredibly young team, and there is always room to grow.
Even without standout pass rusher Carl Lawson, the Jets defensive line has still been great. While not flashy, Quinnen Willams has had a pretty solid start to 2021. After recording a sack in his first two games, John Franklin-Myers has become the first Jets player since Bart Scott to record a sack in the first two games of a season. Other players on the line have also had a big impact so far, such as Sheldon Rankins. The linebackers have been pretty solid as well, especially last week. C.J. Mosley’s impact is looming large.
While there are few standout names in the teams young secondary, they have impressed as a unit altogether so far. Overall, this has been a top 20 defense thus far and has a very good future. Marcus Maye is still a top 10 safety and is only getting better, as he is on a franchise tag at the moment,
With first year head coach Robert Saleh coaching, there is a lot of things to like with this coaching staff. However, as we have seen so far, they need time to adjust and they haven’t been perfect so far. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur‘s playcalling hasn’t been good so far, and his decision to make Denzel Mims a healthy scratch confuses me entirely. However, the defensive coaching has been great with defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbirch at the helm.