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Jets look completely inept in shutout loss to Dolphins

The Jets can only hope Trevor Lawrence does not own a TV … or have internet access.

Maybe then the Clemson star quarterback won’t know what awaits him if he declares for the NFL draft this spring. Maybe then the presumptive No. 1 pick won’t be aware of how putrid the Jets are, how hopeless this franchise looks and how far it has to go before contending again.

Because if he watched Sunday’s 24-0 Jets loss to the Dolphins, another year in the ACC might look awfully appealing. Who would want to join this team?

The Jets were noncompetitive … again. This time it was against a team they were supposed to be able to compete with. Instead, the Dolphins looked like Super Bowl contenders. The Jets are now 0-6 and you have to be delusional to look at their schedule and think they can win a game.

With wins by the Falcons and the Giants earlier Sunday, the Jets were left as the only winless team in the NFL. The only question now is when, not if, coach Adam Gase will be fired?

The Jets looked lifeless and lost Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.

Joe Flacco made his second start at quarterback and could do nothing. He finished 21 of 44 for 186 yards and one interception. The Jets managed two passing yards total combined in the second and third quarters.

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Joe Flacco is sacked during the Jets’ 24-0 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.AP

The Jets were dismal in nearly every way. The offense failed to convert its first 12 third-down tries, had six three-and-outs and 10 punts. The defense made the Dolphins look like the Chiefs with three first-half touchdowns before settling down. Special teams joined the party with terrible penalties and by allowing long returns.

The loss put the exclamation point on a tumultuous week for the Jets. It began with Le’Veon Bell complaining about his role, then Gase talked about giving up play-calling duties before deciding to keep them. The Jets released Bell on Tuesday night. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams blamed Gase and the offense for the defense’s struggles.

With all that swirling, it was not surprising to see the Jets looking like a mess.

In the first half, the Jets punted six times with five three-and-outs. Flacco brought nothing in his second start in place of Sam Darnold, who has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He actually took a 28-yard sack in the fourth quarter when the Jets had a prayer of scoring. It started off poorly for Flacco. Gase called two deep passes on their first drive and both fell incomplete.

While the Jets offense was sputtering, the defense was struggling to stop Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who carved up Williams’ unit in the first half. On Friday Williams had pointed his finger at the team’s offense as part of the defense’s problem, but his group looked just as bad as the offense for large stretches of this one before playing better in the second half. Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions, one on an acrobatic catch by Marcus Maye, who pinned the ball to his backside.

Fitzpatrick put the Dolphins up 7-0 with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Adam Shaheen. That capped an eight-play, 66-yard drive that looked way too easy.

The Jets moved the ball to the Dolphins’ 24-yard line — partly thanks to a Miami penalty — but then imploded. Tight end Ryan Griffin committed pass interference to wipe out a third-down conversion. Then center Connor McGovern snapped the ball before Flacco was ready on the next third-down try and it was an aborted play.

The Jets had six penalties in the first half, two on special teams and three personal fouls, which have plagued them.

Fitzpatrick got Miami back to the end zone early in the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Preston Williams to make it 14-0.

Flacco threw an interception in the second quarter, but the Jets defense actually got a stop. They were not as successful stopping Miami with two minutes left in the half. Fitzpatrick found another tight end for a touchdown, a 4-yard toss to a wide open Durham Smythe for a 21-0 lead.

It looked like Miami might stretch it to 28-0, but Jets cornerback Brian Poole intercepted Fitzpatrick at the 5-yard line to keep it a three-score game at halftime. The Dolphins tacked on a field goal in the second half to push the lead to 24-0.

It was the first time the Jets were shut out since last year’s 33-0 loss to the Patriots on “Monday Night Football,” the “ghosts” game. It was their second straight loss by at least 20 points and third this season.

The only hope for Jets fans now is the idea of getting the No. 1 pick and being able to draft Lawrence, the Clemson quarterback who looks like a generational talent.

If there are any Jets fans in South Carolina, you might want to steal Lawrence’s TV.

This Post first appeared on “New York Post”

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