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The NY Jets lost yet again falling in embarrassing fashion to the Miami Dolphins in Week 6.
The NY Jets lost again, once more in embarrassing fashion getting shut out by their division rivals, the Miami Dolphins, by a final score of 24-0. It was the Jets’ sixth straight loss to begin the 2020 season and their sixth straight loss by multiple scores.
The Jets aren’t competitive. They aren’t competent. And they sure as hell aren’t watchable at this point — especially with the likes of Sam Darnold, Mekhi Becton, and Denzel Mims still sidelined with injuries.
Really, it’s the same story every week.
The Jets look completely inept on both offense and defense, the coaching staff appears overwhelmed, and they get soundly beaten by their opponents.
Rinse, lather, repeat.
These takeaways pieces are beginning to feel repetitive. It’s the same outcome each week with the same causes of said outcome. If this isn’t the definition of insanity I don’t know what is.
What could we possibly take away from yet another disastrous Jets loss? Other than the fact that nothing has really changed, not too much.
Regardless, we gave it our best shot.
Next: 3. The offensive gameplan is a joke
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3. The NY Jets’ offensive gameplan is a joke
The Jets’ offensive gameplan is laughably bad. Again, this isn’t anything new, but it bears repeating after yet another horrific showing in Week 6.
Just the raw numbers should be enough to paint an accurate picture of the Jets’ offensive struggles.
The team finished 2-for-17 on third down and didn’t convert on a single third down until the fourth quarter. They began the day 0-for-11 on third-down conversions.
In the second and third quarters combined, the Jets had a total of three passing yards. At a point in the third quarter, they had more penalties than first downs. They also had more penalty yards than both passing and rushing yards.
There is no excuse for any of that. Just like there is no excuse for the continued overuse of Frank Gore and the reliance on older veterans as opposed to younger, more productive players.
La’Mical Perine received just one carry in the second half. He was targeted just once in the passing game. Ty Johnson entered the game early in the third quarter and rushed the ball twice for 42 yards including a long 34-yarder. He touched the ball just once after that.
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Instead, it was Gore that got the call for the majority of the second half when the game was pretty much already out of reach. Facing a 3rd-and-2 in Miami territory, Gase opted to run a stretch with the 37-year-old Gore who had just received the ball on two of the last three plays.
The offensive mismanagement goes well beyond the running game.
Gase stressed all week the importance of attacking downfield with the returns of Breshad Perriman and Vyncint Smith. The Jets targeted Perriman downfield on two of their first three plays and never did it again.
They just gave up.
The Jets’ offense under Gase is a joke and that’s apparent to anyone with a set of eyes, no matter your knowledge of the sport.
Next: 2. All three units are bad
2. All three of the NY Jets’ units are bad
The offense is horrendous. We knew this going into the week and we still know that now. The Jets’ defense has also been a mess this season, although defensive coordinator Gregg Williams tried to alleviate some of the blame this past week.
Does he have somewhat of a point? Is the offense partially to blame for the Jets’ defensive struggles? Perhaps, but it’s also clear that even a competent offense wouldn’t make this defense respectable.
While the unit tightened up in the second half, they surrendered 21 points to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins on Sunday. 2019 seventh-round pick Myles Gaskin gashed the Jets on the ground despite an atrocious run-blocking offensive line leading the way.
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The foolish personal fouls returned and the Jets’ defense was wholly a mess for at least the first two quarters. And playing better in the second half doesn’t take away from their poor first-half performance.
But aside from the offense and the defense, the Jets’ special teams refused to be excluded with an equally embarrassing showing. Aside from another strong day from punter Braden Mann, the rest of the Jets’ special teams was a disaster.
Vyncint Smith returned and was asked to take over kick return duties. He muffed a kick in the first half and was soon after replaced. Smith also committed a holding penalty on a punt in the first quarter.
It was one of four special-teams penalties the Jets committed on Sunday — three of which were accepted. Harvey Langi was the other main culprit getting flagged for both a facemask and an offsides penalty on the punt team.
Throw in Sam Ficken’s missed 55-yard field goal — a difficult task, yes — and you have a bad day from the special teams unit.
All three units were bad on Sunday. There was no saving grace.
Next: 1. The Jets are destined for the No. 1 overall pick
1. The NY Jets are destined for the No. 1 overall pick
The Jets are the worst team in the NFL and are on pace to be arguably the worst team in NFL history. Yes, it’s only been six games, but the remainder of the season doesn’t offer many opportunities for redemption.
The Jets have the third-hardest remaining schedule in the NFL with matchups against the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks awaiting them. In reality, their best chance of winning already passed them by.
Looking at the remaining schedule, the Jets’ “easiest” games will come on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers and at home against both the Miami Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders.
All three of those teams are significantly better than the Jets. And let’s not pretend that this Jets team would even be competitive against say the New York Giants.
They’ve lost their six games by an average of 18 points, are on pace for the worst point differential in NFL history, and haven’t even lost a game by a single score. They haven’t come close to winning and that likely won’t change anytime soon.
The Jets are on track to be perhaps the worst team in league history. And as such, they’re on track for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Welcome to New York, Trevor Lawrence.