The Jets' defense has been largely abysmal during the team's 0-4 start, giving up 131 points, but the performance on the other side of the ball has been concerning in its own right.
Gang Green's offense has scored 17, 13, 7, and 28 points in its first four games, with those 28 points coming against a lowly Denver Broncos team that nevertheless came away with a win with their backup quarterback at the helm.
Sam Darnold (who is now dealing with an injury) and the offensive line have come up small so far in 2020, and a deeper look at the numbers via Pro Football Focus and Football Reference shows some concerning trends.
- Allowed the seventh-most sacks (12).
- Provided only 2.3 seconds on average for Darnold in the pocket per drop back, 20th in the league.
- Allowed 15 hits on Darnold, fifth-most in the league.
- Allowed "pressure" on 25.3 percent of Darnold's drop backs, seventh-highest in the league.
As for Darnold, his accuracy stats are either league average or below (also according to Football Reference):
- 19.1 percent of his throws are considered "bad throws," seventh-highest behind only players like Mitchell Trubisky and Dwayne Haskins (who has been benched in advance of Week 5).
- 74.8 percent of Darnold's throws have been" on target," 23rd-lowest in the league.
When analyzing Darnold it should be noted that the weapons he's had at receiver and in the running game this season have been less than stellar, due in part to injuries.
But along with the offensive line, Darnold (whose franchise quarterback status still needs to be proven), needs to step up.
Whether he'll have the opportunity to start doing so in Week 5 remains to be seen.