JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jets have had five days to lick their wounds after getting their butts kicked by the Patriots on Monday night. Now, we get to see how they respond.
The 1-5 Jets face the 3-4 Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday with major questions surrounding their coach and quarterback. Adam Gase’s first year with the team has not gotten off to the start he hoped for, and Sam Darnold crashed Monday against a ferocious Patriots defense, turning the ball over five times.
“If you were involved in that game on our side, it was embarrassing,” Gase said. “You don’t want to lose 33-0. You don’t want that to happen, you don’t want to get just smoked like that where everybody looks terrible. You put too much time and effort and all these hours up here, you practice, guys are fighting through injury. I mean, when you’re on national television and that happens, it’s for everybody to see, and to go through that is embarrassing.”
The Jets swear they moved past that humiliation quickly this week and are focused on these Jaguars and getting back on track. After a brutal early-season schedule, the Jets have some winnable games coming up, starting with this one. If they can get on a little run here, the season will at least have some meaning again. If they get smoked again Sunday, then the concerns about Gase and his squad will only grow louder.
“This is one of those situations unfortunately that I’ve been through before. It’s not fun to go through,” Gase said of the slow start. “As the head coach, you have to put your head down and go to work, you have to make sure you do a good job of keeping the locker room focused on the task at hand. It’s easy when you win. When you lose, when you have one win through this many weeks, it’s not easy. If it was easy, there would be a lot more people doing this job than me.”
Football Outsiders has the Jets’ playoff chances at 8.6 percent, and that feels generous after watching what New England did to them.
“We’re 1-5. We get it,” safety Jamal Adams said. “But there have been plenty of teams that come out of the drought and made the postseason. We’re not focused on that right now. We’re focused on Jacksonville. It’s going to take one game at a time. Everyone in the locker room is together. We’re all positive and we’re looking forward to the next challenge.”
For more on the Jets, listen to this episode of the Jets podcast, “Gang’s All Here”: