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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Jets Playing In Bizarro World! Again!

In popular culture, "Bizarro World" has come to mean a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations. In the Bizarro world of "Htrae", society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Us love losing!" Let me repeat the last one: Us love losing! Jet players, fans and coaches are all living in the Bizarro World. With Jet season ticket holders paying overpriced PSLs at Met Life Stadium and Jet fans being inundated with those constant radio and television commercials for FanDuel and DraftKings we are now part of the Bizarro Jets World. What is the Bizarro Jets World? It’s a team that doesn’t block (Us hate blocking) on the offensive line and has a coach when his team is down 20-0 with under a minute to go in the first half and knowing he is kicking off in the second half refuses to get plays in and runs out the clock. The Bizarro World Jets also are playing a former 1st round draft pick-Leonard Williams who was considered the best player in the draft and cannot get a tackle in a game and he gets a ridiculous penalty. In the Bizarro Jets World we listen to the post game Jet announcers and they put a spin on what we all witnessed saying we should all look at how well the defense played. In the Bizarro Jets World the quarterback passes for 98 yards and the running backs run for 36 while the winless Miami Dolphins pass for 211 yards and rush for 72 yards.

Bad To Worse
Just when we all thought it could not get much worse, the Jets embarrassed themselves so bad I had to turn off the sound for the final three quarters of the game. Why is it the Patriots down 2 offensive linemen always seem like they have 15 players on the line of scrimmage protecting the quarterback? And the Jets offensive line always seem like they are blocking 15 defensive linemen? The season is going south so fast that when the Jets host Dallas October 13, the crowd will be 90% Cowboy fans. Sam Darnold can’t save the season, Le'Veon Bell can’t save the season and even Antonio Brown could not save the season. It is easy to blame Mike Macaggnan or mononucleosis for the season the Jets are having and give Adam Gase and Joe Douglas a pass. But the truth of the matter is there is absolutely no continuity on offense so far. To score only one offensive touchdown in three games is inexcusable. Yes the defense is giving an effort. Players such as Jamal Adams, Blake Cashman, Neville Hewitt and even Nate Hairston are giving it all they have but it is not enough. Even with their effort the Jets defense cannot stop a big third down play. On offense, how many negative plays are the Jets going to get? The two most disappointing things this year is the play of the offensive line and the plain vanilla offense Adam Gase is putting out there.

Changes To Make
Here are some changes I would make this week:
1. Get Ryan Kalil out as center. When Jonathan Harris went in at center for Spencer Long last year, the line played better. If you have to, put Kalil at guard.
2. Get Brandon Shell out of there at right tackle. He is plain awful. Put rookie Chuma Edoga in. He played well in pre-season and can’t play any worse than Shell.
3. Start Braxton Berrios at wide receiver. This guy shows spunk and speed. And putting him at WR means you can play Jamison Crowder in the slot.
4. Play Daniel Brown at tight end instead of Ryan Griffin. He cannot be worse and Chris Herndon will be back after the Eagle game.
5. Cut Demaryius Thomas. We wasted a 6th round pick but it seems like he will never play two games in a row. Use the roster spot on a young player from the practice squad. How about WR Jeff Smith.
6. Bring up DB Kyron Brown from the practice squad and start him. Everyone picks on Darryl Roberts when Trumaine Johnson isn’t playing.
7. Trade Leonard Williams before the trade deadline. Enough is enough!
8. Bring up WR/KR Greg Dortch from the practice squad. He has the potential to be a dynamic player. 

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
After watching his offense fail to score a touchdown for the second consecutive game, New York Jets coach Adam Gase didn't hold back with his frustration, calling it "brutal ... infuriating," among other things.
"Offensively, we were atrocious -- as bad as you can get," he said Sunday after a 30-14 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. "We've got a lot to fix going into the bye. We're going to have to address all of these issues that we are having right now."
Starting his third quarterback in three weeks, Gase saw Luke Falk orchestrate only two drives across midfield. He passed for only 98 yards and was sacked five times in his starting debut, as the Jets managed only 105 total yards, the third fewest in a game in team history, and went 0-for-12 on third down.
Jets' offense isn't just bad, it's historically bad in feeble loss Their only points came on touchdowns by the defense and special teams.

"Yeah, it's brutal," said Gase, who started Falk because Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) and Trevor Siemian (season-ending ankle surgery) were sidelined. "It's one of those things where it's infuriating because you're watching the defense and special teams play as hard as they can and executing what they're being asked to do, and they're doing it well a majority of the game and then we're not holding our end on offense."

Gase, hired because of his offensive background, already is facing criticism from fans and media. In three games, the offense has been outscored by the defense, 15-11. His playcalling against the Patriots was conservative, as Falk attempted only two passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air….."We got to look at a lot of things over this bye week," Gase said. "I mean, I never thought I would say, 'Week 4 bye week, I'm glad it's here.' But, I mean, we got to address some things. We got to figure out what's going on. We're not in sync. We're not doing a good job of working together. We're kind of all over the place. So we got to get that fixed."

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
It was nearly impossible to pinpoint the most annoying part of the Jets’ embarrassing 30-14 loss to the Patriots that dropped them into an 0-3 hole entering their bye week. Was it the lack of ingenuity from Adam Gase, whose offense generated a grand total of zero points? Maybe it was the early defensive dud that dug a hole too cavernous to climb out of less than two minutes into the second quarter? Perhaps it was Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson running into each other in the fourth quarter? Could it have been that the Jets averaged a laughable 2.2 yards per play and didn’t convert a third down (0 for 12)? Or was it that you wasted a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon watching a team that looked like it didn’t belong on the same field with their mortal enemies?…..CEO Christopher Johnson’s claim that Gase was “an innovator” who was “coaching football to where it’s going” upon making the hire looks, uh, a bit shaky at the moment…..All three Jets quarterbacks — Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk — have struggled under the supposed quarterback whisperer. The Jets have scored on two of 36 possessions this season. They have 11 points in 12 quarters. That’s beyond horrendous…..Gase’s offense generated just 2.2 yards per play and six first downs. There were way too many moments in the first half when Gase inexplicably dialed up a play that had little chance to succeed. It was a safe approach on a day that called for aggressiveness against the juggernaut Patriots, who improved to 3-0.
Gase called a couple give-up third-down draw plays to Le’Veon Bell, sprinkled in a failed screen pass to Robby Anderson on third and 9 and dialed up a backwards pass to Bell on third down that picked up a whole lot of nothing…..

Brian Costello, NY Post
Jets coach Adam Gase called the offensive performance “atrocious.” That might not be strong enough. Yes, they had third-string QB Luke Falk (12-of-22, 98 yards, 1 INT, 47.2 rating) starting. Still, this was not all quarterback problems. The offensive line stunk again. Falk was sacked five times and the Jets averaged 1.8 yards per rushing attempt. It’s going to take more than Sam Darnold to fix this…..The Jets were undermanned with eight projected starters out, including Darnold and linebacker C.J. Mosley, the quarterback of the defense. Still, the team played terribly and that reflects poorly on coach Adam Gase. He was very conservative on offense and could not find any in-game answers for what is ailing the Jets.

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