Losing isn't the problem for the NY Jets, it's the way they lose

NY Jets, Robert Saleh
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The NY Jets are 1-2 to start the season. Given that they've been without their starting quarterback and down two offensive tackles, most probably would've expected and even been encouraged by that record.

Losing hasn't been an issue for the Jets. A 1-2 record isn't a major problem. Instead, it's the way the Jets have lost their games this season that inspires pessimism for the future.

Zach Wilson doesn't fix the Jets' issues. He doesn't solve the concerns at left tackle. He doesn't force the Jets to wrap up on defense. He can't pressure opposing quarterbacks.

And therein lies the issue. Yes, the Jets are starting a backup quarterback, but their issues are largely unrelated. Joe Flacco was downright bad in Week 3, but the offensive line did him no favors.

The Jets have lost both of their home games in embarrassing, blowout fashion. There have been chants for Mike White in each game. Their only win was a result of a miracle collapse from their opponent.

On paper, the Jets are a below-average football team. In reality, they've looked lost for 90 percent of the season. That's the issue.

The NY Jets haven't looked competitive for most of the season

This Jets' roster isn't devoid of talent. Their cornerbacks have held up their end of the bargain, but the team's safety has been abysmal. Quinnen Williams and Sheldon Rankins played well on Sunday, but where was the edge rush?

The Jets have used more capital on their defensive line (draft and financial) than almost any team in the NFL, and their pass rush looks like perhaps the worst in the league.

Against a Bengals offensive line that had allowed 13 sacks through two weeks, the Jets couldn't sniff Joe Burrow for most of the game. That can't happen.

The Jets haven't looked like they belonged on the field against two of their three opponents and needed a once-in-a-lifetime comeback to beat the Jacoby Brissett-led Browns.

Don't be fooled by the 1-2 record. This is a bad Jets team. And the worst part about it? They shouldn't be this bad. Their roster is too talented to be this bad.

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Something needs to change or the clock will start ticking for Robert Saleh and company.