At one point the New York Jets looked fairly good. Not great, but better.
Well, not anymore. Injuries piled up. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold keeps turning it over. The Jets are 3-6 after an awful 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins. It’s their third straight loss. And here comes the locker room discord.
“Enough is enough. I’m not a loser,” outspoken safety Jamal Adams said, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
Adams, who hasn’t been shy about calling people out before, went out of his way to say he wasn’t talking about coach Todd Bowles.
“It’s not Coach Bowles’ fault,” Adams said, according to Hughes.
Maybe that’s true, but the Jets’ losing streak will not reflect well on Bowles. He’s 13-28 the past three seasons.
Jets had a problem with snaps
Perhaps the most perplexing part of Sunday’s game was that the Jets were having problems with the shotgun snaps from center Spencer Long and did nothing about it. Long stayed in. The offense, which is challenged enough as is, continued to sputter with multiple bad snaps.
“We were fine.”
— Todd Bowles on keeping C Spencer Long (dislocated finger) in the game as long as he did #Jets
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 4, 2018
Long said he re-injured the finger, according to Hughes, which has been bothering him for three weeks. Credit him for toughness, but he didn’t help the Jets on Sunday.
Sam Darnold struggled again
Long’s snaps weren’t the only problem, just the one that Bowles bizarrely never tried to fix.
Darnold didn’t play well again. He was without receiver Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa for multiple games, and while both of those players returned from injury on Sunday, neither looked like his usual self. Losing running back Bilal Powell hasn’t helped either. It might have hurt Darnold’s development to play with a skeleton offense.
Still, Darnold is going to have to cut down on the mistakes. He’s a rookie and some are expected, he can’t throw four interceptions like he did Sunday. Darnold had a 31.8 passer rating against the same bad Dolphins defense that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson torched a week ago. It’s the third time this season Darnold has had a game with a rating of less than 40.
It’s not all his fault and he’s a rookie, but Darnold has to be better.
Jets’ season slipping away
It will be interesting to see what changes the Jets might make. It will also be interesting to see how Adams’ comments are received. He was the sixth overall pick of the 2017 draft, and has developed into arguably the team’s best player. Even though he’s young, his voice probably carries a lot of weight.
And he’s not happy with what he sees.
“I’m pissed off,” Adams said, according to Hughes.
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