Through nine games, the New York Jets look to be what most people expected: in rebuilding mode. A young quarterback and defense under a head coach, who needs to win games to keep his job, is not heading into the right direction.
Here are the grades on offense, defense and coaching thus far:
Lack of weapons and an inconsistent line that continues to allow sacks isn’t the right formula for Sam Darnold’s success. They had stretches this season in which they look nice and can compete with anyone when things click. Darnold had great games in wins completing more than 65 percent of his passes and a near 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio.
He did all of this with Quincy Enuwa, Robby Anderson and young receivers. But then the injuries came and they went south. They rank 28th in passing (200.6) and 16th in running (110.0). Nothing special and creative in the offense, which doesn’t show the potential of Darnold. It doesn’t get any easy for them in the next couple of weeks.
Defensively the Jets have a lot of promising talent. Jamal Adams, Darren Lee, Leonard Williams, Buster Skrine, and others can cause turnovers. In the beginning of the season they ranked number one in turnovers. But over the past couple of weeks, it disappeared. Injuries started to creep, miscommunications came out of the shadows against opponents, and the coach can’t call good plays.
Clearly they are saying the right words but not backing it up. It’s not gonna get better against the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers after the bye week. Unless they play out of their minds, they have no chance in stopping them.
When it comes to coaching in football, there is so much focus on the little details. In this case for the Jets, they obviously have a lot of work to do. The offensive coaches can help these receivers understand the important of running routes and protecting the football. The line stinks and can’t protect their young quarterback. No coaching adjustments whatsoever and they continue to run the same formula over and over again. A conservative approach isn’t helping them win games.
On defense, it’s much worst. Bowles doesn’t have any discipline with the players. They clearly aren’t respecting his demands and doing anything on the field. Ever penalty cost them a first down or giving the opponent another opportunity. It’s a disaster to not be discipline and the coaching staff fails in that department. Don’t be surprised if they clean house due to a poor record.
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