Ben Blessington and Michael Nania discuss when the New York Jets will fire Adam Gase, and also preview the matchups that key young players like Mekhi Becton will face against the Indianapolis Colts.
Just two weeks into the season, the calls for Adam Gase‘s head are louder than they have ever been.
And, for good reason. The Jets have gone two straight seasons starting 0-2 with over 150 yards of penalty yardage – that’s something they had only done twice previously in franchise history, the last of which was the 1995 Rich Kotite-led team (1981 being the other). No NFL team has done that in back-to-back seasons since the 2002-03 Lions led by Marty Mornhinweg, who went 5-27.
Of their 120 minutes of game time this season, the Jets have been trailing for 110:37.
The Jets are last in both scoring and scoring defense in the first half of games (42-6 margin). No team has ranked last in both categories through two weeks since the 1989 Steelers.
Gase’s Jets have scored a field goal or touchdown on 27.3% of their drives so far this season, which ranks 31st. Going back to Miami, this is the fifth consecutive season he has ranked bottom-8 in the category, the fourth consecutive season he has ranked bottom-4, and the second consecutive season he has ranked bottom-2 after placing 32nd last year (23.0%).
Through two weeks, the offensive line has led the Jets to a gain of five-plus on 13-of-23 first down runs, 53.5%, second-best in football, setting up the potential for a great play action game. Yet, Sam Darnold has run play action on the second-lowest percentage of his dropbacks (15.1%). On second down, Darnold has had only two play action passes called for him.
Gase has established himself as a truly awful coach that is holding back the franchise. How much longer will he last? Ben and Michael discuss.