The NY Jets have experienced a nightmare start to the 2020 NFL season.
With an 0-3 record, the NY Jets have been the worst team in the league so far this season. Is there any reason for optimism?
The Jets have been a disaster through the first three weeks of the season. During that time, the team has been outscored by an average of 19 points.
To put that in perspective, no other team in the league has been outscored by more than 14 points per game. Not only are the Jets losing, but they are failing to even be competitive.
The Jets have had a plethora of injuries to deal with this season. Le’Veon Bell has only played in one game and the Jets’ top three receivers, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, and Breshad Perriman, have all missed time.
Do those injuries excuse the team’s poor start to the season? The Jets’ Week 2 opponent, the San Fransisco 49ers, were missing the likes of Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Dee Ford, and Richard Sherman while Nick Bosa and Jimmy Garoppolo left the game due to injuries.
Those are a better collection of players by a gigantic margin when compared to the players the Jets were missing yet it didn’t stop the 49ers from winning by a final score of 31-13.
The real problem might be the fact that the Jets rely so heavily on the likes of Crowder and Perriman. Jamison Crowder would be the second or third-best wide receiver in the league on any other team in the league, and that’s been awfully generous.
Perriman has never had over 650 receiving yards in a single season. Even if these players were healthy, the Jets would likely still have an 0-3 record.
Adam Gase’s time with the NY Jets does appear to be running out.
Adam Gase is on the hot seat after the team’s dreadful start to the season. Despite being previously referred to as an offensive genius, the Jets ranked last in yards both last season and so far through the first three games of this campaign.
However, firing Gase wouldn’t solve all of the Jets’ problems. The only players currently on the team that have made a Pro Bowl in their careers are Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore. Gore is 37 years of age and Bell has looked nothing like a Pro Bowler with the Jets.
One player many Jets fans have remained optimistic about is Sam Darnold. While the circumstances certainly have been rough, Darnold has not proven that he should be the Jets’ quarterback of the future.
After three years of being in the NFL, if the former USC Trojan still hasn’t proven he’s a franchise quarterback at the end of this season, the Jets may have to look to draft his replacement in the upcoming draft, especially if the team lands the No. 1 overall pick.
Should we be surprised by all of this? The Jets have not played in a playoff game since 2011, which is the third-longest drought in the NFL, only behind the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both of whom could very well snap their streaks this season.
Things currently look extremely bleak for the Jets.