Another week, another uncompetitive loss from the Jets. Some of this week’s mishaps could be blamed on the injury bug, but the same consistent mistakes continue to be the root of their problems. Adam Gase and his play calling sucks, Gregg Williams 2nd ranked run defense from a year ago seems to have completely disappeared, and promising play makers from the preseason seem to be duds. I truly have no new things to write about. Whatever. Here’s a pros and cons list.
Sam Darnold: This past Sunday, Darnold looked . . . . better, I guess? Completing 21 of 32 passes for 179 yards and a score, Sam made the throws he was supposed to make, and avoided costly mistakes through the air. A drop in the end zone by Chris Herndon ended Darnold’s chance at a two touchdown day, but it truly wouldn’t have made a difference. Adam Gase needs to expand the playbook and get Darnold throwing some deep balls. Plain and simple.
Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios: Hogan and Berrios both stepped up in the absence of Crowder, Perriman, and Mims, catching 6 passes each. Berrios also managed to bring in the only touchdown on the day for the Jets as well. With no timeline on Mims while Crowder and Perriman are expected to be out multiple weeks, Hogan and Berrios must continue to put up these kinds of numbers if the Jets are to have any chance at remaining competitive in games.
Sam Ficken: Once again, Sam Ficken was lights out. 2 for 2 from the field and 1 for 1 for extra points, Ficken has yet to miss a kick this year. As the season continues to dredge along, I hope that the consistent good play from Ficken does not go unnoticed.
Chris Herndon: You’ll never guess who raved about Herndon’s playmaking abilities in the preseason (it’s Adam Gase). Herndon doesn’t seem to be underperforming in Gase’s offense, or struggling to get on the same page as Darnold. It appears Chris Herndon just sucks. One catch for five yards does not bode well for his “playing making abilities”. In the future, I’d like to see more snaps from Ryan Griffin.
Coaching: I’ve said my fair share about Adam Gase, and none of it has been good, but it’s time I put some of the blame on Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. If you had asked me a year ago about Gregg Williams, I would have raved about him. His ability to contain the run was almost unmatched last year, turning depth players like Folorunso Fatukasi in to bonafide run stoppers. However, his genius play calling seems to have disappeared, along with the Jets ability to stop the run. Raheem Mostert and Jerrick McKinnon ran all over the Jets yesterday for 169 yards and two scores. The first play from scrimmage was an 80 yard touchdown run from Raheem Mostert. I’m pissed.
The Jets roll into Indianapolis next week for a meeting with Philip Rivers and the Colts. After a lackluster performance in week 1, the Colts came back this past Sunday and walked to a convincing win against the Vikings. Look for the one-two punch of Haynes and Taylor out of the backfield to present another problem for the Jets run defense. Buckle in, this is going to be a long season.