The NY Jets have officially wasted one of the best defenses in the league and franchise history, thanks to the poor quarterbacking of Zach Wilson and the laughable performance of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The defense is elite, yet only the Patriots, Titans, and Broncos have a worse record in the AFC.
Hackett should take the lion's share of the blame, as he is overseeing an offense that is setting new records for futility. The Jets' loss to Aidan O'Connell and the Las Vegas Raiders in a game where they outplayed Antonio Pierce's team showed the world just how dire things are.
Under Hackett, Wilson became the first quarterback to top 250 passing yards in consecutive weeks without scoring an offensive touchdown in either game. Wilson takes a lot of blame for that, but Hackett's poor infrastructure undoubtedly has hurt Wilson's ability to execute an offense.
It would be one thing to say that Hackett's offense has been worse than Mike LaFleur's, which is true in almost every category despite better personnel. The fact that Hackett's offense is worse than the Denver attack that got him fired before the end of his first season with the Broncos is even more alarming.
The NY Jets must change their Nathaniel Hackett-led offense.
The Jets do not have a touchdown drive of longer than one play since Week 4. The Jets have eight offensive touchdowns in nine games, and one of them was in the Eagles game when Philadelphia let them score on purpose. The Jets have gone 36 straight drives without an offensive touchdown.
Hackett is practicing the holy trinity of unwatchable offensive coordinator performance. Firstly, he is not putting his players in a position to succeed. Why is Michael Carter in pass protection? Why is Wilson only throwing short passes when his best trait as a QB is his downfield arm?
Secondly, he is extremely conservative. There's nothing wrong with running the ball behind Breece Hall, but his unwillingness to seek big plays and petrification of the thought of a turnover is killing this team. Turnovers are obviously killer, but so are 50 runs up the middle and Wilson checkdowns.
Finally, and most painfully, his scheme is incredibly vanilla and uncreative. There is no threat of a big play despite so many talented players on this offense. If Hall and Wilson don't make magic happen, the Jets can literally go multiple consecutive games without finding paydirt.