One of the prevailing questions discussed over the past several weeks on social media and group chats was, “Which New York football team would win a regular season game first, the Jets or the Giants?”
If you bet the Giants, you were right.
Even though the 1-5 Giants’ 20-19 victory over the Washington Football Team on Sunday was gifted to them when Washington failed on a two-point conversion with 36 seconds remaining, a win is a win. Conversely, the 0-6 Jets were non-competitive in their 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
“We’ve got a lot of things to fix on offense,” said Jets’ head coach Adam Gase. But it’s not just the offense that needs fixing. That Jet D is just as weak.
It wasn’t the Jets’ offense that gave up 24 points. It’s not the offense’s fault that the defense is allowing 379 yards per game and 30.8 points. Yes, the offense is putrid, averaging just 12.5 points per game. But defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who last week implied the offense was in part responsible for the defense’s struggles, has to be held accountable for their failures.
Still, Jets head coach Adam Gase is responsible for the team’s final product. He was hired by the Jets in 2016 after positions as an offensive assistant and quarterback coach with the Detroit Lions, an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos receivers coach and offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2014, the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator in 2015, and then the Dolphins’ head coach.
His tenure in Miami was well below average, compiling a 23-25 mark in three seasons. The Dolphins reached the playoffs as a wild-card team in his first season with a record of 10-6. But Gase was 6-10 and 7-9 thereafter.
During roughly that same period, from 2015-2018, then Jets head coach Todd Bowles went 24-40 in four seasons with no playoff appearances. Bowles, now the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was fired by the Jets after going 4-12 in 2018. Of all the coaches terminated in that time period, Gase, 42, was the one who immediately obtained another head coaching position. The Jets then, unlike now, appeared to be more than thrilled to sign him.
“We talked to a number of excellent candidates and it became clear to me that Adam was the person who will help us establish a winning program and a winning culture,” said Christopher Johnson, the Jets CEO and chairman, in a prepared statement in early 2019.
After a 7-and-9 season last year, orchestrated defections from their best players, Jamal Adams and LeVeon Bell, no wins this season and the rest of it looking grim, there is a large cadre of Jets fans pleading with Jets ownership to move on from Gase now. They may have to reconsider some of those so-called excellent candidates who didn’t make the cut.