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Can The New York Jets Go 0-16?

  • New York Jets
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  • Sam Darnold
By Andy Davies October 30, 2020 0 Comment
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The New York Jets are easily one of the biggest suffering fan bases in the NFL. The Jets won Super Bowl 3 but have not made the big game since.

In fact, the New York Jets have only reached the AFC Championship game four times in the 51 years. That was the year Joe Namath led them to super bowl glory.

The New York Jets reached two of those four AFC Championship games in the 2009 and 2010. But have not even made the postseason since.

The 2010’s was a torrid decade for the New York Jets and this season hasn’t improved things.

The Jets are currently 0-7 after a disastrous start to the season. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier. Will the New York Jets become the next win less team and go 0-16?

In the Super Bowl era, only four teams have finished the season unbeaten. The Cleveland Browns went 0-16 in the 2017 season and the Detroit Lions went 0-16 in the 2008 season.

The then Baltimore Colts went 0-8-1 in 1982. A season shortened by a strike. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also went win less, going 0-14 in 1976.

More Of The Same To Come?

The New York Jets have a tough schedule ahead. It doesn’t get much harder than their next game. They will face the reigning Super Bowl champions in the Kansas City Chiefs. They also have to face the New England Patriots twice in the remainder of season. Along with matchups against their other division rivals in the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

The Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns also face off against the New York Jets this season. The remaining opponents this season for the Jets have a combined record of 30-20 far this season.

The quarterbacks that the New York Jets will have to face include Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert and Josh Allen.

They will also have an offense that has to deal with the likes of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Browns defensive end and current 2020 sack leader Myles Garrett along with cornerbacks such as Byron Jones, Stephon Gilmore and Tyrann Mathieu.

There is some room for optimism for the New York Jets. The Raiders quarterback is far less productive when pressured and Cam Newton’s form has been poor since he returned from his positive COVID test. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield struggles for consistency and the Seattle Seahawks’ defense has struggled this season.

Pressure On Adam Gase

The New York Jets head coach Adam Gase continues to alienate people. Yet another high profile player being moved on by Gase.

Running back Le’Veon Bell was released by the Jets before being signed up by the Chiefs. They play each other on Sunday so it will be interesting to see how that will play out.

Ryan Tannehill was seen as a below average quarterback when in Miami with Gase. Since he left the Dolphins, he has gone on to become Comeback Player Of The Year in 2019 as he guided the Tennessee Titans to the AFC Championship. The Titans are currently 5-1 with Tannehill as their starting quarterback.

Running back Jay Ajayi was traded by Adam Gase to the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2017 season. Despite now being without a team, Ajayi went on to win a Super Bowl with the Eagles during that 2017 season.

Ndamukong Suh went on to reach the Super Bowl with the Rams the first season he had after leaving Adam Gase’s tenure.

Adam Gase appears to hold players back, with the previously mentioned players all succeeding without Adam Gase.

The former Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator has been on the coaching hotseat all season and it appears to be just a matter of time before we see him fired as Jets head coach.

Struggles On Both Sides Of The Ball

The Jets have simply been dreadful this season, on both sides of the ball. They are last in the league in total yards (1,851) and yards per game (264.4) on offense. They are also 25th in the league in yards allowed (2,695) and 23rd in yards allowed per game (385).

Quarterback Sam Darnold has been the only bright spark of the season, with the quarterback at times looking like the player they drafted. However, he has also thrown for three touchdowns and six interceptions.

He is simply a product of his environment. He has got arguably one of the worst receiver groups in the NFL to work with. His offensive line is the worst in the league in pass protection, allowing the fourth most sacks in the league this season.

Gase did not draft Sam Darnold and neither will Gase’s head coach replacement. The question of whether they draft Trevor Lawrence will rumble all season, as will the matter of whether Lawrence will pull a Eli Manning and refuse to join the Jets.

The New York Jets will take some pride in the fact that they only allowed three points in the second half of their 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins and that they held the Buffalo Bills to purely field goals.

However, they did not capitalize in either game. This shows the deficiencies on offense.

They simply cannot get it going on offense, which has not helped this defense that has slightly improved in the last two weekends.

It is for reasons such as this, that means that the New York Jets could be the next win less team.


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