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NY Jets: 4 key storylines to follow after an 0-2 start

NY Jets, Robert Saleh
NY Jets, Robert Saleh / Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com via Imagn
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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
NY Jets, Zach Wilson, Mike LaFleur / Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com via Imagn

3. NY Jets rookie coaching concerns

For the second straight week, rookie offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur has not put his quarterback in situations to succeed. LaFleur certainly was not that calming voice for his QB going into action against the mighty Patriots.

Wilson does not need confoundingly complex play calling. He needs runs, short passes, and the occasional bomb downfield.

So why did LaFleur again abandon a successful running game despite Michael Carter, Ty Johnson, and Tevin Coleman moving the rock for 152 rushing yards? Why no swing passes to running backs in the flats?

Wilson has to be schemed to move around more; he’s left like a sitting duck back in the pocket far too often. It’s going to stunt his growth.

Rookie coach Saleh seemed over his head against the veteran Belichick. As a result, he failed to make critical adjustments at halftime.

Saleh should also explain what’s behind this festering Denzel Mims fiasco. Are Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith really better than last year’s second-rounder? Is it all about special teams and route trees? What is he not doing in practice?

Was there really no role for a healthy weapon with elite size and speed like Mims, with Jamison Crowder’s groin flare-up, Keelan Cole’s MIA, and Berrios leading the wide receiver unit? Or does Mims just not want it badly enough?

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