Well, many people thought it couldn’t get much worse for the New York Jets after their loss last week, but it somehow did. The team today showed no signs of hope, heart, or effort in an embarrassing 26-0 loss to the Denver Broncos. From kickoff to victory formation, this Jets team looked defeated and they didn’t come ready to play at all. Something must change soon, or else this team may not win a single game this season.
Every single week, players are praised for great performances in practice but it means nothing when they can’t show up to play. The team has lacked discipline these first few weeks of the season and it’s becoming more and more concerning as time goes on. Below, I will recap what exactly went wrong for the green and white this afternoon.
Jets’ OL Plays Like Week 1
The Jets’ offensive line was supposed to be much more improved from last season but instead looks ten times worse. In the team’s opening game of the season, the line looked awful all around. After that game, the team was informed promising left tackle Mekhi Becton would be out for over a month. The line somehow got worse. However, the line was solid in a Week 2 loss to New England. It went back to being awful quickly against Denver.
Penalties were the line’s biggest issue today. Play after play, it seemed as if someone was offsides or there was a false start. In addition, one of my biggest problems this offseason was the team not addressing the right guard position. Greg Van Roten could not have been any worse than he was today. He has been a total liability so far and has a 52.1 PFF grade through three weeks. To keep it short, this offensive line is not doing Zach Wilson any favors and has been awful.
Jets Playcalling Continues To Be An Issue
After the Jets fired offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains after a poor 2020, they hired former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. To say he has been bad is an understatement. Let’s start with the late-down decision-making. He was constantly calling screen passes on third down, and to no surprise, it didn’t work. One of Loggains’ biggest issues was his fourth-down decision-making. Unfortunately, LaFleur’s may be even worse.
This game was an absolute mess from start to finish. Wilson wasn’t good by any means, but it really wasn’t his fault. The line gave Wilson no time at all and really held him back today. In addition, the pass catchers were far from good as well. They couldn’t create separation at all and dropped easy passes at times. If this keeps up, the team should be looking at receivers or tight ends in next year’s draft class.
The defense wasn’t terrible, but it was far from great. Denver’s offense had an easy time pushing the ball downfield for the most part.
Next Sunday, New York will play host to the Titans while the Ravens will visit the Broncos.