Adam Gase, Sam Darnold draw ire of Jets fans following bad Week 1 performance vs. Billsby Joe Rivera
Same old Jets (fans).
Sam Darnold and the Jets turned in a sloppy effort (to say the least) in a 27-17 loss to Buffalo in Week 1, leaving fans with a bitter taste after endless optimism this offseason.
The third-year quarterback had a forgettable day, throwing for just 215 yards and a touchdown — but with another career lowlight coming with a poor interception thrown into double coverage.
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It's difficult to make excuses for a third-year quarterback in a league where quarterbacks thrive, but it's important to note a few things about the situation Darnold is facing:
- His offensive line has four new starting lineman;
- He's without second-round wide receiver Denzel Mims;
- His supporting skill position cast is below average;
- Buffalo is a top-quality defensive unit;
- He's dealing with Adam Gase.
While the next 15 games will determine more about Darnold's long-term future than a bad Week 1 performance, it likely won't take that long for Jets front office folk to determine Gase's fate. That last point is particularly important to note, considering some feel Gase has done minimal to earn a second shot at a head-coaching gig in the league after a tumultuous tenure with the Dolphins. Last year, the Jets finished 7-9 and featured one of the worst offensive units in all of football.
The Gase hire was met with criticism from all sides, and the former Dolphins coach hasn't done a whole lot to instill faith in Gang Green faithful. The Week 1 outing vs. Buffalo woke the fan base again with all sorts of criticisms:
In any case, with a difficult schedule and injuries starting to mount, the Jets could be looking at draft prospects before playoff positioning this season.
It doesn't get any easier for New York in Week 2, as the 49ers head to MetLife Stadium.