The New York Jets are bad. Real bad. Whether they turn out to be historically bad is something that remains to be seen.
They are also badly dysfunctional. And we’re sure there’s a lot of paranoia in the building. Oh, and let’s not forget about their injuries as well.
The atmosphere is kind of unhealthy as they venture south to battle the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.
NEW YORK JETS at MIAMI DOLPHINS, 4:05 PM ET
BetAnySports NFL Betting Odds: Dolphins -9, Total 47
We’re not sure there are any answers on the horizon for the Jets, not even if they get their starting quarterback into the lineup again. Sam Darnold will sit for his second game in a row with his shoulder injury, and Joe Flacco, the former Super Bowl MVP, will step in for him. Flacco insists that he’ll be more comfortable in the saddle than he was last week, but what does that mean?
As it stands now, what would it mean to have a healthy Darnold back? Not much, if nothing is around him. That includes left tackle Mekhi Becton, who was the most exciting prospect in camp and is doubtful for this game.
Wideout Breshard Perriman may be back, but that’s not enough. They’re going with rookie La’Micale Perine and grizzled vet Frank Gore in the backfield.
They cut Le’Veon Bell, and that caused controversy this past week. Bell, who sat out 2018, was signed as a free agent by then-GM Mike Maccagnan amidst much pomp and circumstance. Gase, who arrived later, really didn’t favor the signing, and Maccagnan got fired later. And Gase never figured out how to use Bell, or perhaps didn’t want to.
And there were the rather transparent messages sent through by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, in defending his unit that is ranked in the lower reaches of the NFL, that some of that failure is due to failure by the offense.
There is no doubt that the offense is a failure; the Jets are last in the league in points per drive; they punt 47% of the time, and are the least successful red zone team in the league. It’s truly a team effort.
Lots of dysfunction; more than enough unrest. And the New York media is acting as if it is a foregone conclusion that Gase will be fired at some point soon.
The Dolphins were winless at this juncture last season, but they had a lot of cap space and a lot of draft choices and have made a turn for the better. Flacco will have a hard time beating either corner – Xavien Howard or Byron Jones. Ryan Fitzpatrick has directed two straight decisive road wins, over Jacksonville and San Francisco, where they basically chased Jimmy Garoppolo, the way a baseball team might send a pitcher to the showers.
Tight end Mike Gesicki has emerged as a legitimate weapon. There is no one at his position in the league who has covered more “air yards” a catch, so he goes down the field.
There are still some Dolphins around from 2018, when Gase scapegoated seemingly everybody but Ryan Tannehill and created some unhealthy tension in the Miami locker room; enough that the team is said to have quit on him in the last couple of games. These guys will stick the knife in deep if the get the opportunity. So as much as we’d like to think of the Dolphins as overpriced and might normally recommend you “buy low” on the Jets, we’d never advise you to go THIS low with a team. We’ll lay it.
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