New York Jets HC Adam Gase is learning from his past mistakes
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The New York Jets are on the verge of their season imploding in 2019. Here’s why Adam Gase took full blame and how they can turn the season around.
In the first quarter of the season, the New York Jets have gone winless (0-4).
The defense has given up 101 points so far this season. While the offense is second-worst in the league (only behind the inept Miami Dolphins). But who is to blame for everything that has gone wrong?
Jets head coach Adam Gase pointed at himself following the team’s Week 5 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“That’s on me. I told those guys in there that I’ll get it fixed. It’s on me, nobody else. That’s what we’re going to do. – via Rich Cimini, ESPN.
Every New York Jets fan on planet Earth has also pointed their fat fingers at Gase as the main culprit for the team’s struggles.
While certainly, his play calling is much to be desired (the first series of the game called two runs and threw a pass on a predictable third down), he isn’t solely to blame.
His starting quarterback Sam Darnold was expected to return vs the Eagles, received the majority of the first-team reps, then surprisingly was ruled out on Thursday night. Gase’s second-string quarterback who has familiarity with his system, Trevor Siemian, broke his ankle in Week 2.
Plus sprinkle in a laundry list of other injuries across the team. Slap all that together and you have a wonderful recipe for a suck sandwich.
Despite not being solely to blame for the 0-4 start, it was smart of Gase to take it on the chin anyway.
Things are getting testy.
Jamal Adams loves winning and his defense has played well enough for the team to win. While the offense simply has been outperformed.
When you have a relationship where one side isn’t doing their fair share, it’s only natural to start playing the blame game.
If that starts to happen the Jets could have a toxic locker room split on their hands, so for Gase to recognize that a step ahead and take the brunt of the blame shows Adam is learning from his past mistakes.
In his previous stint with the Miami Dolphins, there was a lot of reported locker room fractures and beef between Gase and his best players.
By taking ownership Adam removes the finger-pointing and takes accountability which will trickle down through to the players. But the next step for Adam is to follow up on his words, he needs to get this offense fixed sooner rather than later if the team hopes to turn it around.
Darnold is expected back this week and tight end Chris Herndon has returned from his four-game suspension. Both of those additions should help the cause for the green and white.