NY Jets: Adam Gase and the team’s latest play-calling chaos

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NY Jets’ head coach Adam Gase’s had some confusing post-game comments.

On Sunday, the NY Jets unsurprisingly lost 20-3 to the Miami Dolphins at home. In a game in which despite solid defensive play and a positive turnover differential, the offense once again could not get anything going.

And that was even with a healthy receiving corps and Sam Darnold at quarterback for the first time this season.

But the thing that may encapsulate the Jets’ season more than that game might have come from head coach Adam Gase’s post-game press conference.

It began over a month ago when the offense’s abysmal play saw Gase give up play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. Though it made no difference in the first two games, the offense began to produce more than 20 points.

Specifically, having the trio of Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, and Breshad Perriman playing well with backup Joe Flacco provided optimism for Darnold’s return Sunday.

So, when the Jets only scored on their opening possession, play-calling once again came into question.

When prompted about it, Gase’s response did not align with the expectation that Loggains’ had full control.

Adam Gase says he did not take over the play calling

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Adam Gase’s confusing comments left NY Jets fans and reporters puzzled

This clip from Gase’s press conference only increases confusion about who is calling the Jets’ plays. First, it becomes obvious that Gase is not entirely out of the loop.

Gase states “I do the third downs” and “I was trying to do some of the two-minute stuff,” meaning that in the game’s biggest moments, it was Gase making the decisions.

Nevertheless, the team still went 3-for-13 on third down and 0-for-3 in the red zone.

Additionally, it calls into question what exactly is happening on the Jets’ sideline. The Athletic’s Connor Hughes is heard questioning Loggains’ recent role, as he was seen without a play sheet and talking with offensive line coach Frank Pollack, while Gase was seen calling a play.

Again though, no matter who has been calling the shots, the outcome has been the same. The Jets have started games off well over the past few weeks, but fall apart shortly after.

Moreover, the team could not even capitalize after back-to-back turnovers by Miami that gave the Jets the ball in opponent territory.

With an 0-11 record and five games remaining, the Jets are inching closer and closer to the third ever winless season.

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And without a doubt, Gase and company are at the center of the chaos.