The New York Jets’ offense is statistically the worst in NFL history, and it’s all on rookie play-caller Jeremy Bates.
The New York Jets have been historically bad on offense as of late, but some blame for their woes falls squarely on the shoulders of rookie coordinator Jeremy Bates. The rise and fall of his career is a microcosm of what can happen to an NFL assistant when he doesn’t perform up to expectations.
The New York Jets’ historically bad offense has raised heat on rookie coordinator. The team’s defense is ranked second in the NFL, but quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Robby Anderson have been unable to move the ball.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Take a peek at what’s going on with the New York Jets:
1. Is Mike going to drop? Mike LaFleur, the offensive coordinator, isn’t one to pass the buck. He constantly accepts responsibility for his offensive troubles, which is wonderful, but there may come a day when it isn’t enough.
If no progress is made, coach Robert Saleh may find himself in a difficult situation. He doesn’t want to switch coordinators because they’re good friends and he has a lot of respect for LaFleur, but if this goes on until the conclusion of the season, he’ll be under a lot of pressure from the public and maybe from inside the organization.
The Jets aren’t just terrible; they’ve been poor for a long time.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, if they don’t score a first-quarter point against the Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET, CBS), they would become the first team since the 1991 Green Bay Packers to go scoreless in the first seven quarters of the season. Only five teams have done it since the 1970 merger, including the Packers.
Take a look at this:
Since ESPN began keeping statistics in 2000, the Jets have averaged 3.3 points and 87.5 total yards in the first half, both of which are dead bottom in the league. To put it another way, the Jets rank 702nd out of 702 teams in both categories over the last 22 seasons.
Their numbers for the whole game aren’t any better. You may blame it on the rookie quarterback factor, but let’s be honest: a lot of those 702 teams had rookie quarterbacks who weren’t as good as Zach Wilson.
Although LaFleur is chastised for his playcalling, it isn’t the major problem. It’s all about teaching and communicating, and providing the athletes a strategy to follow. They make simple communication and technique blunders week after week.
“I’m constantly looking within,” LaFleur said, “and I’m asking our position coaches to do the same.” “Can you tell me what’s not getting across?”
By the end of the year, LaFleur believes the Jets will have turned things around and will be a “difficult offensive to stop.” If he doesn’t, his supervisor will be put under a lot of pressure.
2. Classroom on the sidelines: Wilson (sprained knee) may not like it right now, but he will profit much by observing for a few weeks. This will provide him the opportunity to see how another quarterback manages the offense. To be honest, he might need some instruction on how to play “boring” football (to borrow Saleh’s term).
Mike White, who started last week after replacing Wilson, isn’t afraid to chuck checkdown throws. In two-plus quarters, he completed 12 passes to running backs, compared to Wilson’s 19 in five-plus games. Perhaps some of that attitude will rub off on their prized youngster.
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The 2021 Jets are a re-creation of the 2019 Jets.
Their dreadful start is eerily similar to the team’s dreadful start in 2019, when Adam Gase was the coach. Years pass, coaches change, but certain things remain constant.
In 2019, they moved from quarterback Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) to Trevor Siemian (temporarily) to Luke Falk. Due to Wilson’s injury, White fills in for Falk, who is making his first NFL start.
In 2019, just nine games into Gase’s term, acting owner Christopher Johnson felt compelled to openly express his support for him. After six games, the true owner, Woody Johnson, did the same for Saleh on Tuesday.
After the bye in 2019, they were defeated 31-6 by the Philadelphia Eagles. The New England Patriots were defeated 54-13 this time.
In 2019, they were 1-5 with a minus-93 point difference. They’re now 0-5 with a minus-95 goal differential.
It’s known as déjà boo.
6. Replacement follies: When the Jets have had to start their backup quarterback, they haven’t fared well. In fact, they’ve lost 14 games in a row. Bryce Petty, who played for the 49ers on Dec. 11, 2016, was the latest backup quarterback to win a game.
Petty has an 0-4, Josh McCown has a 0-3, Siemian has a 0-1, Falk has a 0-2, and Joe Flacco has an 0-4.
If history repeats itself, White will be the next guy up — or down.
7. Flak for Flacco: As I’ve already said, the Jets should have hired a veteran backup quarterback during the preseason or even sooner. They didn’t, giving the Flacco deal a desperate air. But all they actually did was get some cheap QB insurance. They will not be without a sixth-round selection. Joe Douglas, the general manager, may even replace the choice with another transaction in the following two days.
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It all boils down to one word: White. The backup-quarterback craze will go away if he plays well. It’s reasonable to blame Douglas, Saleh, and LaFleur, who has a huge influence in offensive personnel, if he’s Falk 2.0.
8. Angry D: After being humiliated in New England last week, the defense has had a difficult and emotional week. The attitude was described by coordinator Jeff Ulbrich as “anger,” “embarrassment,” and “inexcusable.” The conversation between the coaches and the players was brutally candid. The participants conversed amongst themselves, attempting to resolve some of the problems.
“We know we can’t repeat that performance,” defensive end John Franklin-Myers said. “We, as a defensive line, accept responsibility for it. It all begins with us. That can’t possibly happen again.”
Saleh built his name as a defensive genius in the league, a coach who could adapt to injuries and hardship. With the Bengals’ Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase air show in town, now is the moment to live up to that reputation.
9. Were you aware? According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Brian Burke, the Jets are the slowest club in the league. They are currently ranked 31st on offensive (due to the running backs) and 28th on defense. Given how many young players they had, the defensive rating struck my attention.
Last but not least: “On Monday, everyone came in, we swallowed our pride, and we watched the movie. We saw the good, terrible, and ugly. Unfortunately, the picture included a lot of ugliness.” — Mosley on the New England Patriots’ 54-13 defeat
- mike white