The New York Jets Week 1 performance was abysmal (per usual), but pressure seems to be mounting on the wrong person. Franchise quarterback Sam Darnold seems to be shouldering the blame, while head coach Adam Gase continues looking clueless on the sideline.
It’s time to start focusing on the pathetic roster this team put together and the atrocity that is Adam Gase.
What if Jets made franchise-altering mistake by drafting Sam Darnold over Bills’ Josh Allen? Why that question now looms large — and isn’t going away any time soon https://t.co/q1eMy8am1g— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) September 14, 2020
New York media is spending time harping on 215-yard, 1 TD, and a pick from Darnold, instead of these facts:
- No No. 1 receiver to be found on this roster led by JAMISON CROWDER and tight end Christopher Herndon IV
- Horrendous contract to Le’Veon Bell (who was just placed on the IL) BEFORE constructing a roster for a RB to flourish
- An inexperienced and undisciplined offensive line
- 16th-rated defense
- A lost locker room where Bell, Jamal Adams drama happens all the time
The lack of vision from head coach Adam Gase is where the focus should be in NYC.
Arizona seems to get the program, as they used the then newly hired Kliff Kingsbury to move on from Josh Rosen. His VISION allowed for the Cardinals to begin structuring roster adjustments to maximize winning.
New York of course sat in the Top 10 in team penalties, while also topping the list Week 1. That’s an indictment on leadership from the sideline that has no clue how to provoke discipline. Any bad team will face the challenge of being young, but a great teacher can accelerate the growing pains. There’s a reason a coach like Bill Belichick can trust rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler in the final play of a Super Bowl.
This drive is going well:— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 13, 2020
First play: Delay of game. No play
Second play: Darnold sacked, despite a holding penalty on Becton.
Gase is under .500 (30-35) in his career as a head coach and that’s not even what should catch your attention. His squad’s inability to expect incremental improvements week to week is completely unacceptable. Young, dumb, and losing teams need a leader that can change culture.
Arizona flipped their culture upside-down by hiring Kingsbury and Belichick can turn cut players off bad teams into savvy veterans. Placing the blame on a 23-year-old Sam Darnold is doing the franchise a disservice when they could step in the right direction by firing Adam Gase.
A new coach can flip a 3-13 Arizona Cardinals team led by Josh Rosen into one of the most exciting teams in football just over a year later. Of course the right coach is out there somewhere for New York, they just have to know where to look.