Last weekend, after the Jets’ loss to the Chargers, Adam Gase explained New York’s offensive play-calling system in a way that resembles a game of telephone more than its does a professional structure.
After its loss to the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon, Gase once again tried to clarify things. This time, he offered up an even more head-scratching answer.
It looked like Gase reassumed play-calling duties New York’s 20-3 loss to Miami, as he was seen on the sideline calling plays while Dowell Loggains stood around uninvolved. According to Gase, he was not calling plays. Instead, Loggains tells him the plays he wants to run before the beginning of the Jets’ offensive series, while Gase handles third-down play-calling himself.
“I didn’t take over. We’ve done the same thing the last four games,” Gase said. “[Loggains] tells me. It’s not hard. This is not hard. We go through it the drive before, ‘Hey, these are the three plays.’ I do the third downs.”
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Gase was then asked what happens if the Jets pick up a first down (rare) and more plays need to be dialed up, to which he offered a non-answer about a specific situation in the third quarter.
“When we got down, I was trying to do some of the two-minute stuff,” Gase said.
New York seldom went up-tempo or with its two-minute offense down 13-3 throughout the third quarter, making Gase’s claim an empty one.
Regardless of who was calling plays, the Jets struggled mightily against the Dolphins, registering only 260 yards of total offense and three points despite being presented with prime field position following two separate Miami fumbles. Sam Darnold also underwhelmed in his return after two weeks sidelined due to injury, throwing for 197 yards and two interceptions.
It remains to be seen who will call plays for the Jets against the Raiders in Week 13. Either way, New York’s offensive play-calling system has turned into an overly-complicated, unnecessary saga over the last couple of weeks. Whether it’s Gase or Loggains running the show, it’s tough to see Gang Green’s offense having any sort of success considering how messy things at One Jets Drive have become.