For the New York Jets, the worst matter about Sunday was not the consequence — a 34-28 reduction to the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Immediately after all, what’s a further loss?
It wasn’t being mathematically eradicated from playoff contention and it was not the awful playcalling, which sparked speculation that mentor Adam Gase experienced reclaimed the playcalling duties from offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains at halftime. He didn’t, but it’s possible he should.
No, the worst point was owning to look at Chargers rookie Justin Herbert and speculate what may possibly have been with Sam Darnold. That experienced to discomfort the Jets, looking at the gifted Herbert prosper with so a lot of playmakers all-around him. That really should be the Jets, particularly a few many years into the Darnold era. But, no. In its place of rising with a youthful franchise quarterback, the Jets discovered them selves in the worst possible area for a Week 11 video game:
In a meaningless situation with a 35-calendar year-old Joe Flacco top a stripped-down roster stuffed with rookies and NFL wannabes — a past quarterback on a foreseeable future team. Is there everything far more depressing than that?
Darnold (shoulder) skipped his fourth video game in a six-sport span, a different misplaced possibility to reverse his struggles. He has a “superior shot” of playing next Sunday from the Miami Dolphins, according to Gase, which sets up a six-game audition/showcase that could improve his worth for a possible trade in the offseason. It’s unhappy that we are conversing about the finish of Darnold, but this is what takes place when an organization squanders expertise.
As for Herbert, he was absolutely excellent, passing for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns. Poor haircut, good arm.
The Jets (-10) ought to be eco-friendly — greener? — with envy.
Greatest hole in the video game strategy: Loggains known as plays as if the Chargers (3-7) experienced Deion Sanders and Night time Coach Lane at cornerback. The Jets’ top rated a few extensive receivers, which confirmed promise in the past game, concluded with just 7 receptions. In fact, they failed to total a ball to a wideout right up until the 12-minute mark of the third quarter. How is that probable in the modern NFL? Loggains understands Flacco’s finest attribute is his huge arm, and however he managed to tie that arm behind his quarterback’s back for 30 minutes.
The CBS cameras caught Gase sending in plays to the quarterback in the 2nd half, but he claimed Loggains remainder the enjoy caller. Said Gase: “He tells me what participate in to get in touch with and I sent it in.” Pretty bizarre.
QB Breakdown: Flacco was awful in the initial half, which integrated a pick-6 on his initial go, but he rallied and essentially gave the Jets a likelihood in the fourth quarter. It was Terrible Joe to Fantastic Joe. He threw a pair of touchdown passes (49 yards to Breshad Perriman and six yards to Chris Herndon), as he last but not least started to take a look at the Los Angeles cornerbacks with long passes. In the finish, he could not supply in crunch time, throwing a few straight incompletions with a likelihood to tie the sport.
Flacco (15-for-30, 205 yards) fell to -4 as the starter. The Jets have shed 15 straight, dating to 2016, when they get started a backup quarterback. It is really time for Darnold, assuming his right shoulder is healthful.
Troubling development: The Jets’ move defense was shredded by Herbert and broad receiver Keenan Allen (16 catches for 145 yards), but what did you assume? They dropped their prime three corners in a 7 days — Pierre Desir (cut), Blessuan Austin (injured reserve) and Brian Poole (IR). That would stagger any group, let by yourself a crew with no proven depth. The Jets started three rookies in the secondary, which include corners Bryce Hall and Lamar Jackson. It was not a truthful flight. For the Chargers, it was like pitch-and-capture in the park.
Silver lining: For these on the “Tank for Trevor” bandwagon, the Jets remained the frontrunner for the No. 1 over-all choose in the 2021 draft, keeping serve towards the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9).