Grading the Jets after their 24-0 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.
There are no words to describe how bad the Jets offense, which punted 10 times and did not reach the end zone once, was on Sunday. Adam Gase’s unit was atrocious. It padded the statistics in the fourth quarter, but did not convert its first 12 third-down tries and had six three-and-outs. QB Joe Flacco (21 of 44, 186 yards, 1 INT, 50.0 rating) did nothing in his second game as a starter. He was sacked three times and when he tried to throw deep could not set his feet because he was under pressure. The Jets rushed for 115 yards in their first game post-Le’Veon Bell.
I’m not sure if Miami took its foot off the gas or the Jets defense got better as the game went on, but the unit improved in the second half after giving up three first-half touchdowns. Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (18 of 27, 191 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, 93.3 rating) looked like he might throw for six touchdowns early. CB Brian Poole made a big play before halftime to pick off Fitzpatrick and S Marcus Maye had an acrobatic interception in the second half.
This had been one of the few bright spots for the Jets, but not on Sunday. They had two killer penalties on special teams that hurt field position early in the game. Dolphins kick returner Jakeem Grant had six returns for 83 yards. Punter Braden Mann may not be able to walk Monday after punting the ball 10 times. He also was forced to make a tackle again. Even kicker Sam Ficken missed his first field goal of the season.
Adam Gase and Gregg Williams deserve each other right now. Neither has his unit performing well. Gase had no answers … again. Jets CEO Christopher Johnson needs to think long and hard about whether making a change is the right move. This is not getting any better. The Jets looked lost and listless Sunday. That reflects poorly on the head coach.
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