By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
The Jets’ miserable 30-10 loss to Arizona Sunday at Met Life left them with another set of questions, mainly the same ones.
When will the Jets’ defense finally show up to win a game?
Will the Jets ever solve their cornerback problem?
Will the Jets’ offense ever find itself and have a two-touchdown game this season? Six touchdowns in five games?
There are others. This 0-5 team had some good and some mostly bad moments, but it still is overall ugly.
Any substantial answers? Beleaguered and doomed head coach Adam Gase is searching.
“If you watch us day after day, you wouldn’t know what our record was,” said Gase. “We have to go back to work. We have to learn from this film. We have to figure out a way to play a full 60-minute (game).
One side is playing well, and the other side is not. We finally get something going and we fall apart on the other side. We’re just not giving ourselves a chance to be there in the end.”
Frustration levels continue to hit mercurial levels, and the thoughts of a Rich Kotite 1-15 season or even a winless 0-16 slate is quickly emerging. ironically, it was nearly 25 years ago in 1996 with Kotite’s historic stand.
Their failure to convert on third-and fourth-downs prevented them from a momentum swing when they game was still in reach. They had a colossal blown chance after linebacker Avery Williamson’s interception gave them live at the Arizona 10-yard line.
And their defense couldn’t stop a Cardinals’ drive that sealed the win after the Jets pulled to within 17-10. Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray was held in the pocket, but he threw for a career-high 380 yards with ease.
Corner Pierre Desir had his issues in many coverages, and rookie corner Lamar Jackson looked as bad a piece of burned toast on a Monday morning.
The return of running back Le’Veon Bell could be a promising note. He showed some of his old flash with 60 yards on 13 carries. But Bell was a no-show in the postgame ZOOM call, and one can wonder if we will see him complete the rest of the season without an absence or an injury.
Quarterback Joe Flacco was a decent game manager with his 18 for 33, 195-yard, touchdown performance for a 35-year-old who made his first start in nearly a year.
But Flacco had his share of under-and overthrows to a receiving core outside of Jamison Crowder that obviously lacks some talent. Crowder, the lone consistent performer, is on his way to a Pro Bowl season.
Tight end Chris Herndon added to his collection of drops, as he bungled a possible touchdown. The receiving corps could have taken another big hit when Chris Hogan was injured Sunday.
By the way, couldn’t a 6-5 Flacco manage a quarterbacks sneak on a third- or fourth-and one?
The Jets travel to Miami next Sunday where a visiting Dolphins (2-3) team took apart San Francisco yesterday.
Ex-Jet and current Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick continued to find the Fountain of Youth with his three-touchdown performance. You can see what’s coming.
At this point, there isn’t any need to rush Sam Darnold back into the lineup. This team hasn’t shown any indications that they are ready for a second-half run.
Instead, we’ll watch a team that is a long, slow candle drip finally wiped clean for one of the top three picks in the 2021 draft with the increased probability of complete futility and a winless season.
Somewhere, Kotite is probably smiling.