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NY Jets Halfway Season Review

By Danny Radical

by Christian Klimaszewski

The Jets just hit the bye week, so I’d figure let’s review how our beloved NY Jets are doing. I predicted at the beginning of the season the Jets would go 6-10. As all Jets fans should want, it’s not a playoff appearance or anything like that. Jets fans should want to just see improvement from all of the players. You want see improvement of Sam Darnold, Robby Anderson, Jamal Adams, and so on and so on. In 2017, you saw improvement from the players you needed to see improve like Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Leonard Williams, Robby Anderson, even Mo Claiborne. I can deal with a bad record, as long as I can see improvement out of the players. And right now through 8 weeks of football, I’m not seeing too much improvement.

Sam Darnold has thrown just over 1,900 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, which is fine because he hasn’t really looked bad, but he hasn’t really looked good. Granted, yes he has looked great in a couple games (Lions, Dolphins, and Colts), but other than those games, he’s just looked like your average rookie, which is fine. Now that the Jets have hit the bye week, some of the WR’s on the team have gotten injured throughout the season, definitely hurting Sam Darnold’s production. Overall with Sam Darnold, I’m fine with his play, but again I want to see more improvement out of him.

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Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell have looked for the first part of the season. Crowell set the Jets franchise record for most rushing yards in a game against the Broncos with 219 yards. Powell suffered a season-ending neck injury which is a blow to the Jets backfield because the duo of Crowell and Powell was very solid. Now the Jets have to use Trenton Cannon, who looked very good in the preseason. Elijah McGuire has played in two games and has looked good from coming off his injury. But since Crowell broke the Jets single-game rushing record, he hasn’t done anything. He’s looked terrible. Fans can only hope he can turn it around after the bye week and that the production of Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon continue to increase.


The wide receivers I think have under-performed. Quincy Enunwa has looked alright this season. He’s been Darnold’s safety blanket to throw to, which is good for a rookie QB, to have someone you can rely on to throw the ball to. Robby Anderson is having a flop season. In 2017, he was 59 yards away from having a 1,000 yard season (he would have had it if McCown didn’t get injured). Personally, I saw him break-out last season and thought he was going to take a huge step forward this season and be the best WR on this roster, but he’s not and has become really one dimensional.

Jermaine Kearse has been “eh” this seaso. Kearse has been M.I.A. all season. He really been lost all year with all the WR’s the Jets have the roster and I hope he picks it up after the bye week because he is a very talented WR.
The offensive line just really sucks. There’s no other way to put it. The Jets need 5 new starting linemen next year. Spencer Long needs to get released ASAP. He continues the snap the ball awfully.

Against Miami (the second time) Darnold threw 4 interceptions and you can say that 2 of those interceptions were due to bad snaps by Spencer Long. He flat out sucks and needs to get released now. Brandon Shell is a decent pass blocker, Brian Winters is an alright run blocker, Kelvin Beachum stinks, and James Carpenter is alright. Realistically, the Jets need a left and right tackle and a new center. They can live with Carpenter and Winters next year, but Beachum, Long, and Shell all got to go.

The defensive line has looked very good all season. Leonard Williams I think took a big step forward this season. Everyone knew he was an amazing run stopper and now he’s improved his pass rushing ability, which is something the Jets have been lacking. Henry Anderson has been amazing. He’s a great pass rusher. He may not have the stats, but it feels like he’s in the backfield almost every play. He’s been a great acquisition. Steve McClendon has been a great leader and run stopper for this young defense. Couldn’t ask for anything more from him. Nathan Shepard has really been absent all season. He was the big story coming into the season, he had a great camp, and he hasn’t been making as much noise as we hoped.

The linebackers have improved immensely. Avory Williamson has been a star on this defense and is making himself at home. Darron Lee took a huge step forward this season and been playing very good all season. Jordan Jenkins also took a huge step forwardas well this season this season. He’s been looking like a great pass rusher, something the Jets were hoping to get out of him when they drafted him in 2016. He’s finally coming into his own this season. Even the play of Brandon Copeland has been good. He’s been very good for the depth of the linebacking core.

New Jack City has looked alright this season. Trumaine Johnson has looked alright. I think he’s been underperforming to the contract the Jets gave him. Granted, Trumaine Johnson was a signing the Jets needed to do and had to give him that contract. Hopefully, he can turn it around after the bye week. Mo Claiborne and Buster Skrine, personally I think have looked good this season.

With the acquisition of Johnson, that was able to move Claiborne and Skrine to their natural position and play good football. Darryl Roberts has looked good in the last couple weeks. He stepped up nicely since Buster Skrine and Trumaine Johnson both got injured for a little. Even 6th round draft pick Parry Nickerson has looked good for the time he has played. Jamal Adams has improved a lot, but still make small mistakes that shouldn’t happen, but he’s been playing very good. He’s showing that he’s an elite safety in the league. Marcus Maye has been injured for most of the season, but for the games he has played he’s looked good. He’s just got to stay on the field.

Special teams play has been great this season. Jason Myers has been money all season. Andre Roberts has been an amazing kick/punt returner. That was something the Jets have been lacking since Brad Smith was the return man on the team.

I was waiting to write this blog because I wanted to see what the Jets executive decided to do with Todd Bowles after the Jets laid an egg versus the Bills. The executives decided that Todd Bowles job is safe until the end of the season. There’s only two reasons why I can think they decided not to fire Bowles. First, the players love Bowles. They continue to voice their opinion about how much they love Bowles, how Bowles isn’t the problem, and so on, and so on. Second, is that they don’t trust one of the coordinators or any of the coaches to be the interim head coach. Those are the only two reasons why I think Bowles didn’t get fired, yet.

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I do think Bowles, Bates, and the rest of the staff will be fired at the end of the season. Todd Bowles has got to go! The Jets need to bring in a offensive minded coach who can help develop offense and Sam Darnold. This defense has become very good, but this offense sucks and need an offensive coordinator as the next head coach. From 2010 to 2017 the Jets drafted 8 defensive players in the first round and that was under defensive minded head coaches Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles. Before the Jets drafted Sam Darnold in 2018, the last offensive player the Jets drafted in the first round was Mark Sanchez in 2009. You get an offensive mind head coach and you can build this offense up.

Build the offensive line, get some good wide receivers, a good running back, and some dynamic, game changing players, and develop our young quarterback. People also say Mike MacCagnan needs to get fired, too. I can see why people want to hire him as well, but he has had some good draft picks and signed some good players, but he also didn’t hit on a lot of the players he drafted and didn’t make some good signings. So, I’m on the fence with MacCagnan. If he gets fired, I’m fine with it, if he stays I’m fine with it.

Overall, after this bye week, it’s very possible the Jets win only one game. So Jets fans, be prepared to have a top 5 draft pick……again! The players the Jets have are good. Offensively and defensively. The talent and skill is there, but the coaches are not helping these guys on the field. The Jets have to clean out their coaching staff and start fresh while you can.