New York Jets Questions that still need Answers

New York Jets Questions That Still Need Answers

  • Adam Gase
  • Joe Douglas
  • New York Jets
  • NFL
  • Sam Darnold
By Tommy Griffenkranz August 3, 2020 0 Comment

The New York Jets head into training camp with some big unanswered questions. Did Joe Douglas do enough to protect Sam Darnold? Is this the last chance for Adam Gase?

The New York Jets finished with a 7-9 record in 2019, finishing the season 6-2 after a 1-7 start.  It was the first season under head coach Adam Gase.  This was also the first off-season for general manager Joe Douglas, who took over following the 2019 draft.  The Jets suffered a rash of injuries coupled with an already thin roster due to the draft failings of former GM Mike Maccagnan.  Here are three important unanswered questions as Jets get set to take flight in 2020.

Did Joe Douglas do enough to protect Sam Darnold?

In 2019 the Jets offensive line was, well, offensive.  The unit ranked 30th and 31st in pass protection and run blocking respectively, according to the Football Outsiders.  Darnold was hurried 63 times in 13 games good for fifth-worst in the league. He was pressured on 28% of his dropbacks, good for fourth-worst in NFL.

Douglas started the rebuild during free agency by signing former Denver Broncos center, Conner McGovern to a three-year $27 million deal. He also added former Seattle Seahawks swing tackle George Fant, to a three-year $30 million deal to be the starting right tackle.  Both players are not without questions, but each represents an upgrade over what the Jets trotted out there last season.

The big splash for Douglas and the Jets was selecting massive left tackle Mekhi Becton out of Louisville with the 11th overall pick in the draft.  Make no mistake, Becton is raw but, his strength jumps out at you when watching his tape.  New York also re-signed starting right guard Alex Lewis and brought in former Carolina Panthers guard Greg Van Roten, both are solid starters.

Trying to completely rebuild an offensive line in one off-season is a tall task, yet Douglas did just that.  While this line will not be confused with the top units in the league, they should be greatly improved.

Who is going to step up on defense?

Jamal Adams was traded to Seattle in a blockbuster trade.  While the Jets got a haul of picks and starting safety Bradley McDougald, they lost their best player. Last season’s big free-agent signing, C.J. Mosley has opted out of season due to Covid-19 concerns.

With the Jets two best defensive players not on the team in 2020, questions remain as to who will step up and lead a unit that was a bright spot in 2019.

Just how hot is Adam Gase’s seat?

Before getting shipped off the Seattle, Adams told the New York Daily News his feelings on Gase.  “I don’t feel like he’s the right leader for this organization to reach the Promised Land” he was quoted in the report.  After numerous reports of issues with players while in Miami, more of the same happened in New York.  Two players in particular had issues with Gase, Quincy Enunwa, and Kelechi Osemele, both out with injuries.

Gase was hired as an offensive guru and the team finished 31st in total offense.  If the offense does not show major improvement in 2020 it is hard to imagine he gets to return in 2021.

Ultimately, the New York Jets 2020 season will be defined by the play of Sam Darnold. The football world will quickly see whether or not the Jets have surrounded him with enough talent to be successful. If Darnold and the offense falter, Adam Gase is as good as gone.

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