The New York Jets aren’t tanking. They’re just really bad.
That seems to be the rally cry of coach Adam Gase, who insists that the Jets are still trying to win games, and that there has been no mention of the No. 1 draft pick that almost surely awaits them if they continue losing.
“That’s something that — nobody’s talked about that,” Gase told reporters when asked about the t-word.
Actually, Gase is wrong. Everyone is talking about the Jets, their 0-9 record, and how Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence will be their quarterback next season. Oh, and how Sam Darnold will not.
The Jets visit the Los Angeles Charges (2-7) on Sunday, meaning they stand a chance to keep their streak of sadness cruising right along.
Frankly, that’s precisely what they should be doing. No sense in finishing, say, 3-13 and getting a lower draft pick than the equally inept Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8).
Right, Coach Gase?
Wrong, he said.
“We can’t worry about what anybody else thinks,” Gase said. “We know we’re trying to get guys better that are here, and we’re trying to figure out ways to win games.”
Well, that’s nice and all. But the smart move is making sure those guys don’t figure out how to win games until next season.