By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
Just when you think you hit rock bottom with the Jets, you get a reminder there is more to come.
Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the Dolphins looked and felt like a 48-0 rout. It was another listless and lifeless Jets’ performance.
Some life? Reports have the Jets trading nose tackle and team leader Steve McLendon to the Buccaneers.
The purge is on.
Initially, there was hope the Jets’ defense could rise to the occasion to stop the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Dolphins, and the Joe Flacco offense could do just enough to complement for their first victory.
Then the dam broke during the middle of the week when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams took a subtle shot at the offense and special teams despite his unit allowing an average of 32 points a game.
“It’s not a very good number and a lot of it’s not all defensively,” Williams said. “You have to figure it out.”
Doesn’t sound like a happy camp. It isn’t.
That proved to be the preclude to Sunday’s debacle and an 0-6 record as the league’s worst team. How many of you tuned the channel to watch Tom Brady and the Bucs carve up the Packers? I can wager plenty of you did.
The Jets gave us another vanilla and protective offensive performance in which Flacco was hurried and harried most of the afternoon, a major reason for may errand passes in his 21-for-44, 168-yards, one interception performance. He was sacked three times, but it easily could have been as many as nine.
Head coach Adam Gase stated rookie La’Mical Perrine would see more time, but he had seven carries for 27 yards. Recently acquired Ty Johnson from Detroit proved to have the highlight of the day with a 34-yard run in garbage time.
The offense didn’t convert a third down until the third quarter and finished an abysmal 2-for-17. The Jets punted on their first four series and 10 times overall. Yes, you read that right.
Williams’ defense had some hits and two interceptions, but they had another lackluster performance in which Fitzpatrick made the most of his 18-for-27, 191-yard performance with three touchdowns, one to wide-open, little used tight end Adam Shaheen, who had three catches for 51 yards after catching just two passes in the previous five games.
To his credit, Marcus Maye made an incredible behind-the back pick.
It was another of those kind of days. Gase spent another game with his head buried in his play sheet, although you could see him mouth some words of frustration during the frequent flubs.
Six games into the season, Gase is a defeated man without any answers or solutions at hand.
“We haven’t done anything well on offense all year,” deadpanned Gase. “We couldn’t get anything going on offense. It sucks. Everyone is trying to do what they can to win a football game. We have a lot of things to fix on offense and we have to protect our quarterback. Joe was getting teed off on.”
So, it goes on. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
McLendon is gone, and Jordan Jenkins and Avery Williamson also could be out the door in the next two weeks.
Believe it or not, there are still 10 games to play, beginning with the Bills at Met Life next Sunday. Maybe the jets can catch a break with the Bills playing the Chiefs Monday night.
Then again, maybe not.