This week, Bent analyzes Week 4 performances by Ryan FitzpatrickMatt Forte, Bilal Powell and the team's running backsBrandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and the Wide ReceiversBrian Winters and the Offensive LineCalvin Pryor and the Defensive BacksDarron Lee and the LinebackersLeonard Williams and the Defensive Line and Jeremy Ross and special teams.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick

Bent: Fitzpatrick can play well. He did last year, especially down the stretch (final game meltdown in the Buffalo aside). Can he work his way out of this slump, though? And, having invested $12 million to bring him back, how much rope will the team give him?

The irony is that Fitzpatrick didn't play that badly for most of yesterday's game. He was reasonably accurate, made good decisions and got the Jets back into the game just before halftime with a great touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. Once again, though, his stat-line looks a lot worse than it would have because the Jets were trailing and he was forced to take some chances. The second of his three interceptions bounced up off the hands of a receiver and the third one was another forced throw at a time when the Jets had no real option but to try and force things with time running out.

His first interception was the most crucial. With the Jets close to midfield and down by seven, Fitzpatrick went to the well one too many times. His pass was thrown up on the assumption that Marshall would win his match-up on the outside. That's not an unreasonable chance to take - he had done so on the previous snap and Fitzpatrick found him for a first down. There's not a lot Fitzpatrick can do about that, other than not taking that chance, but where would that leave the Jets offense in their ability to consistently create yardage?

In fact, if you look at what Fitzpatrick was seeing on each of the throws, there's basically no difference. Brandon Marshall isn't open, but Fitzpatrick throws to the same spot each time, trusting that Marshall would create the separation. He did on the first one, but lost on the second one.



The sad thing is that this probably works most of the time in practice against Darrelle Revis.  Unfortunately, it has a lower percentage chance against a much better cornerback - a totally alien concept as recently as a year ago.

It seems like forever ago that Fitzpatrick was lighting up the Bills for 370 yards and almost 40 points. Since then, the Bills have won two straight against probable playoff teams the Jets are floundering. Thinking back to that game, perhaps I can at least take some comfort that the Jets and Fitzpatrick are capable of figuring things out. It reminds me that it's not so bad. It's not so bad.


Matt Forte and Bilal Powell

The Jets' running game was a major disappointment in this game, even though they were facing an excellent front seven. Much of this had to do with the blocking, which we'll discuss below, but Forté was completely ineffective as runs seemed to be slow-developing and he lacked the burst he had displayed earlier in the season. It reminded me of watching Thomas Jones towards the end of every season. The Jets seemed to overuse Forté in the first couple of games and it might be catching up with the 30-year old already.

Powell had a productive day, generating 80 yards on 10 touches. Fitzpatrick picked up a couple of first downs by checking down to him underneath, something he didn't do enough of last week. Powell was lucky that his juggled catch didn't lead to a turnover, though.

Forté contributed a couple of catches in the passing game, including one for a first down, but if Powell is bringing those things to the table already then it makes the Jets a little one-dimensional. He also seemed to blow a blitz pick-up, although that might have been on the quarterback.

I'm beginning to wonder if the Jets are suffering from the lack of a power back on the current roster. Perhaps the plan was for Khiry Robinson to bring that to the table before he got hurt again.

It wouldn't surprise me to see the Jets add someone like Karlos Williams during the week to address this. While that would make sense, it would be disappointing to see the team concede that they played the first month with a less than ideal situation and waited this long to rectify it.

The Jets experimented with back-up tight end Braedon Bowman in the fullback role this week. It wasn't something he looked entirely comfortable with, but he handled most of the assignments without making any obvious mistakes.


Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and the Wide Receivers

Bent: Marshall clearly relished his match-up with Richard Sherman and had a productive day with 89 yards and a touchdown on four catches. However, two passes thrown his way were intercepted - with a third overturned by the replay booth - and he didn't seem to be on the same page with Fitzpatrick a couple of times.

With Eric Decker and Jalin Marshall out, Fitzpatrick avoided the temptation to continue to force the ball to his top target and did spread the ball around a bit. This saw mixed results.

Enunwa had another productive game with six catches for 60 yards. Having entered the season with 22 career catches, he has 23 already through four games and is just seven yards shy of being on track for a 1,000-yard season. I'm seeing new things from Enunwa every week and this week, his route running was on point with a break to the outside and a whip-out for two early catches. He also drew a penalty for another first down and continues to show improved hands.

Forced into a bigger role, Robbie Anderson was a major disappointment, dropping a few passes, including one that ended up being intercepted. Despite these struggles, Anderson definitely got some downfield separation. He could have had a 100-yard day if Fitzpatrick didn't over and underthrow him on two makeable deep balls. He made a nice low grab for a first down, but didn't come close to making anyone forget about Decker.

Fitzpatrick obviously lacks chemistry with Anderson and might develop that over time. If he does, then they could start connecting on some of these deep balls and the offense will function that much more efficiently. Of course, we were saying exactly the same things about Devin Smith last year and that never materialized. If anyone is holding out hope for Smith to return from the PUP list and lift this group, a lack of chemistry with Fitzpatrick isn't going to be any less of an issue this year with Smith either.

Charone Peake surpassed expectations in his first significant action. He caught three passes and, although none went for a first down, he showed off some good hands and a nice open-field move. His fumble recovery and touchdown showed good alertness but was really just a fluke, albeit a nice confidence booster for him. It's the kind of fluke which would have been a momentum-changer had it happened earlier in the game, but at 17 down in the fourth quarter was about as useless of a lucky bounce as you could ever get. In fact, based on the law of averages, this probably just means we're less likely to see the Jets get a useful lucky bounce any time soon.

Blocking from the tight end position was disappointing once again. Kellen Davis was called for a hold and struggled to sustain blocks all day, while Brandon Bostick got blown up on a pulling block that led to a run being stuffed in the backfield. Bowman showed an ability to get down the seam on one play, but let himself down when he dropped Fitzpatrick's pass under duress.


Brian Winters and the Offensive Line

Bent: If ever there was a moment that could be a microcosm for what characterizes this team, Winters would provide it. Down 7-3 and driving close to midfield, the Jets failed to gain any yardage on first down. Winters decided to show that the Jets were going to stand up to their opposition with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Michael Bennett.  That set the Jets back 15 yards, stalling the drive and leading to a punt, after which the Seahawks drove down and scored to increase the lead to 11. Also, it knocked Winters out of the game, as he somehow managed to concuss himself with his statement-making actions.

That statement? Just wait around and we'll knock ourselves out.

The offensive line was out of sync all day long, both before and after Winters head-butted his way to the trainer's table. The running game in particular went nowhere as the Jets failed to generate any kind of surge at the point of attack and couldn't prevent the Seahawks linebackers from running free to plug what lanes there were.

With Winters out, the Jets opted to employ Brent Qvale as the right guard. That's interesting because when James Carpenter was hurt earlier in the Bills game, they used Wesley Johnson as the left guard. Qvale had started at right tackle, but was once again rotating on a series-by-series basis with Ben Ijalana.

Qvale had made a couple of good run blocks at tackle, but - for the first time - was exposed in pass protection when he got beaten badly around the outside for what should have been a sack. After moving inside he looked okay on a few running plays but his man was able to leverage his way into a running lane to stuff one run. In pass protection, Bennett bull rushed him back into the quarterback to generate pressure a couple of times.

Ijalana again was mostly solid, albeit without too many impact blocks. On one play, he doubled down on the defensive tackle, leaving the defensive end unblocked to hit Fitzpatrick. That might be on Fitzpatrick again, though. Other than that, his only real mistake was late in the game when he got beaten for a strip-sack. That ended up having a positive result because Peake recovered Fitzpatrick's fumble and ran it in for a score.

Perhaps when Breno Giacomini comes back, the Jets offense will improve because there will be more strip-sacks that Peake can run in for touchdowns.

Carpenter's performance was disappointing and left me wondering if he's still struggling with that calf injury suffered in the Bills game. He only had a couple of positive run blocks, but was called for a hold, whiffed at the point of attack on a run blown up for a loss and failed to complete his block a few other times.

Nick Mangold isn't making many mistakes at center, but he's been unable to have the kind of impact you'd usually expect from him over the past few games as the players around him keep changing. He seems to be getting stood up at the point of attack more than usual and I wonder if that's due to having to keep half an eye on each of the guys either side of him.

Surprisingly, the injury-prone Ryan Clady has been the only other mainstay with Mangold. He had a few nice run blocks, but was called for a hold and did get beaten a few times in pass protection.

I wonder if the Jets will consider bringing in Willie Colon should Winters' concussion be something that could cause him to lose time.


Calvin Pryor and the Defensive Backs

Bent: Head coach Todd Bowles is obviously frustrated with the Jets' continual coverage breakdowns. It's not even as if what he's trying to do is that complicated; the back seven simply don't seem to be on the same page in terms of their communication. It seems amazing that the communication was being praised as a strength last year, especially considering the personnel hasn't really changed.

For the second straight week, Pryor had a confounding performance. Mental mistakes, missed tackles and bad angles - all aspects of his game that he appeared to have fixed in his second season - were all prevalent.

Tanner McEvoy ran completely uncovered down the field for the easiest of touchdowns after having been passed off to Pryor manning the deep middle. Marcus Gilchrist, who was covering the slot on a few occasions when Buster Skrine or Darrelle Revis were temporarily sidelined was the player originally matched up with McAvoy and was obviously not positioned deep to set the defense as he usually would. Pryor's momentum was taking him away from McAvoy and then he lost his balance and fell over.

Pryor was also burned for a big first down, took a bad angle covering a crossing route, overpursued on a receiver screen and was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Ironically, Pryor had one of the plays of the day, ranging right across the field to blow up CJ Spiller in the backfield with a big hit on a short pass. Being constantly out of position all day is perhaps more concerning in light of this one play where he got it right. Will he make even more mistakes, gambling to try and emulate this kind of moment?

For many of the coverage breakdowns, there wasn't an obvious culprit, though.

You'll never see an easier first down than this one, as the linebackers part like the red sea and safety Rontez Miles is far too deep to be expected to account for the back.



On a similar play, Skrine blitzed, along with both inside linebackers, and Sheldon Richardson dropped into coverage with Lorenzo Mauldin.  Tight end Jimmy Graham was totally unaccounted for underneath and picked up an easy first down.

Clearly the Jets don't have much faith in their players to hold up in man-to-man coverages and that's why they're mixing in a lot of zone looks. However, these communication breakdowns are gifting easy first downs and touchdowns to opposing offenses while the Jets' own offense struggles to move the chains.

Revis wasn't badly beaten this week, although there was one first down play where his man picked up a first down on another coverage mix-up involving Gilchrist. Revis made a good open field tackle on the other catch he gave up.

Skrine got hurt a couple of times and gave up a couple of plays on receiver screens. He blew up one screen nicely though and was effective as a blitzer with a sack and a couple of unblocked pressures.

Marcus Williams gave up a first down to Graham on a tough one-handed catch and was also unable to get across to prevent Christine Michael from scoring on a pass to the flat, although it may not have been his responsibility.

Aside from his possible culpability in some of the coverage screw-ups, Gilchrist was also beaten for a first down over the middle. He made a nice play on the outside in run support though.

Reserves Juston Burris and Miles both saw plenty of action with others banged up and seemed to hold up well. Antonio Allen didn't play this week. It's concerning that Pryor's dip in form has coincided with Allen's return. You may recall that the pair were benched together following reports that Pryor had missed multiple team meetings during his rookie year. Could Allen's return have impacted on Pryor's focus somehow?


Darron Lee and the Linebackers

Bent: David Harris seemed to struggle last week and I wondered if Erin Henderson being out was a factor. Henderson returned this week and Harris played better, so there might be something to that. He was exposed in coverage a few times though, including on some miscommunications as mentioned earlier. He was burned down the seam on an overthrow and Spiller beat him for a touchdown over the middle. On that touchdown, Russell Wilson was able to thread the needle as Lee took a couple of steps in the wrong direction to open up a passing lane.



You'll recall Lee discussing the fact his teammates were warning him against "taking the cheese" in training camp. That's something he needs to be reminded of because he bit on a play fake to give up a big first down and, on the above play, he is baited into opening up the angle for the throw by Wilson's move to the right.

Lee was called for a hold and gave up a couple of big plays in coverage against Jimmy Graham, although he was in a good position on each and it had to be a perfect pass each time. He made some positive contributions with a couple of run stuffs and a play in coverage, but his missteps in coverage and with getting picked off at the second level in the running game probably ensure Henderson should remain as the starter for now.

Henderson played a decent game against the run, blowing up a couple of runs including one where he made a tackle for a loss. Unfortunately, though, I don't know if he's much of an upgrade over Lee in coverage, if at all, even with his superior experience and comfort level.

All offseason, the Jets seemed to be setting up to play more 3-4, but they've sought to keep their best players on the field with consistent use of four man fronts since the season got underway. They even reverted to using Richardson as an outside linebacker when they did use some 3-4 packages.

Unfortunately, that doesn't reflect well on their outside linebackers.  Deion Barnes and Freddie Bishop, who the staff raved about earlier this summer didn't even make the team, Mike Catapano didn't see any time for the second game in a row and Mauldin played just six snaps.

Only Jordan Jenkins saw considerable action and he made one good play to set the edge and string out a run for a loss. He almost made another play in the backfield, but missed the tackle. He again wasn't employed as an edge rusher though, blitzing just three times.

Mauldin had one quarterback hit, although it came after he was initially blocked off and Wilson extended the play.


Leonard Williams and the Defensive Line

Bent: Williams made another big splash, as the Jets defensive line got the better of their match-up with Seattle's offensive line, albeit that this didn't prevent Wilson from throwing for over 300 yards and three scores. Williams used a swim move to explode off a block for a sack, his fourth of the year. He's making more impact plays, as projected, and continues to penetrate consistently against the run, although he was blocked off the line a few times.

Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson both generated plenty of pressure in the pass rush, with Richardson doing most of his damage in the first half and Wilkerson dominant in the second half, following a quiet first half. Both made good contributions in the running game too, although each had a missed tackle and Wilkerson lost contain on an outside run.

For Wilkerson in particular it must have been frustrating for him to pressure Wilson then turn around to see the ball floating towards a completely uncovered receiver. That happened at least three times. He took things into his own hands at one point, dropping into the flat to help blow up a receiver screen.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon continues to blow up a lot of plays with penetration, although he was dominated at the point of attack a couple of times too. All four starters were officially credited with one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss.

Deon Simon continues to see his reps trending upwards. Could he challenge McLendon for a starting role by the end of the year? He stuffed one run and shed a block well to almost stuff another, only to then miss the tackle. They did handle him at the point of attack once though.

Jarvis Jenkins played just a handful of snaps. If the Jets fall out of contention, I wonder if they would give consideration to cutting him before the trading deadline so that he doesn't count as a qualifying UFA for compensatory pick purposes. As things stand, the Jets won't get any compensatory picks, but if they released Jenkins and he didn't qualify, this could potentially earn them a fourth round pick.

Will the current regime still be around to benefit from such a forward-thinking move, though?


Jeremy Ross and special teams

Bent: Special teams were a major non-factor for both teams this week. The teams combined for three field goals and neither team had a significant kick or punt return.

Having prioritized special teams this offseason with some of their roster moves and decisions in final cuts it must be depressing to lose a game where the special teams have no impact whatsoever - especially after a game where one special teams blunder at the wrong time essentially turned a manageable deficit into an unassailable one.

With Jalin Marshall out, Jeremy Ross returned … to the line-up. He didn't do much returning in the game though. He got out to the 22 on his only kick return and fair-caught all four punts, including one inside the 10, which he seemed to acknowledge was a mistake. Ross has been a productive return man in the past, so he should do fine in Marshall's absence. I wonder if he'll get any reps ahead of the rookies on offense.

Nick Folk made his only field goal and had one kick-off returned to the 22, one touchback and a couple of squib kicks.

In coverage, Bruce Carter made a good tackle on the kick-off and Marcus Williams and Juston Burris combined to blow up a punt return superbly. Josh Martin seemed to get close to blocking a punt on a couple of occasions.

Rookie Lach Edwards landed three punts inside the 20 and managed to get good air under a punt from his own goal line in the face of some pressure. His performance was statistically unremarkable though.

Four weeks in, how is Edwards doing? The official stats say that his gross average is slightly less than Ryan Quigley's was last year, but his net average is slightly better. That could just be due to superior coverage though. Then again, the superior coverage might be a result of better placement and hang time from Edwards.

An alternative measurement of punter performance is the ANPP metric, something I created to measure punter performance by taking into account expected distance based on field position. On that scale, 60% is very poor and 70% is elite. Edwards is currently just below 68% so he seems to be doing pretty well at the moment. For more on how ANPP is calculated, click here.

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New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith (19) catches a pass during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith (19) catches a pass during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Cowboys are taking a shot on a failed second-rounder for the Jets in WR Devin Smith, signing him to a futures contract on Friday. 

Smith was drated 37th overall by Gang Green back in 2015 after having a superb collegiate career at Ohio State. However, the injury bug wasn't too friendly to the now 26-year-old. 

During his rookie season, Smith tore his ACL in Week 14 against the Titans, ending his year with only 115 yards and one touchdown. In 2016, Smith didn't see much playing time, playing in only four games after starting the year on the PUP list. 

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The Jets have shored up their new head coach and defensive coordinator, but an offensive coordinator still needs to be brought aboard. And on Friday, another potential candidate surfaced in Scott Linehan

The Cowboys let Linehan know they are going in a different direction, and the decision comes merely days after head coach Jason Garrett said he didn't believe any big changes were coming to his staff for next season. 

In an official statement, Garrett said it was mutual that both sides parted ways.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

It's never too early to look at Super Bowl LIV odds.

According to BetOnline.ag, the Jets find themselves with 66/1 odds to win their first Lombardi Trophy since 1968. The Bills, Bengals, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Bucs and Redskins all share the same odds. The Giants are in the middle of the pack, owning 40/1 odds.

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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

After his introductory press conference, Jets new head coach Adam Gase has been the subject of numerous memes that have gained some popularity on social media.

So has Gase seen them? Not in the slightest.

"I don't have Twitter or Instagram. I don't read the Internet. I don't watch TV," Gase said on ESPN's "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz." "All that stuff is irrelevant to me. It's poluttion of the brain. I really don't care. That's not how I operate. I'm here to do one thing and that's to help this organization win."

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Jets dream offseason wishlist 00:00:18
SNY's New York Jets analysts pick each of their top three free agents they want the Jets to sign this offseason.

The Jets have their new head coach in place, and as Adam Gase puts together his staff, the next big step is what Gang Green will do this offseason to improve their 53-man roster. 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will have almost $100 million ($99,387,909 projected by OverTheCap.com) to work with in free agency, and to explore trades. 

So who should they go after? The SNY Jets crew gave their dream offseason wishlist for the Jets, as they look ahead to the free agent class and players that could be on the market:

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New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Mock drafts are continuing to pour in with three and a half months to go before the NFL draft, and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Jets taking a defensive tackle.

Kiper has the Jets taking Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick, shoring up a defensive line under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Though Kiper has the Jets missing out on the highly-touted Nick Bosa (No. 1, Cardinals) and Josh Allen (No. 2, 49ers), it's tough to diminish Williams' ability.

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The day the Cleveland Browns named Gregg Williams their interim head coach after firing Hue Jackson, their former defensive coordinator made one thing perfectly clear: The Browns were lucky to have him.

"Since I left Buffalo (in 2003), I had 11 letters to interview for head coaching jobs," Williams said. "Four of them, I didn't even have to interview. Just show up and sign the contract."

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Analyzing Gregg Williams hire 00:00:57
SNY's Willie Colon believes new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will improve defense but his personality might bother Adam Gase.

The Jets officially named Gregg Williams their new defensive coordinator under head coach Adam Gase on Wednesday.

According to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Williams has agreed to a three-year deal with the team. Williams is flying to the New York-New Jersey area to sign the contract and finalize the deal on Wednesday.

Speaking about Williams for the first time on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan, Gase said Williams' defenses have always been a tough challenge, mainly due to their intensity level...

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Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Todd Bowles is reportedly not the only Jets coach on Bruce Arians' radar to join him in Tampa Bay. 

Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers has officially joins the Buccaneers' staff as a defensive line coach, as the team announced numerous assistant hirings on Wednesday.

Rodgers, 49, spent the last four seasons as the Jets defensive coordinator under Bowles and also worked alongside the former Jets head coach in Miami and Dallas as a defensive line coach. 

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8 years, we still Can't Wait! 00:00:23
It's the 8th Anniversary of Bart Scott's famous "Can't Wait" moment, and now it's back, and going places!

It's the eighth Anniversary of Bart Scott's famous 'Can't Wait' moment, and now it's back, and going places!

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Nov 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams claps for his players during warmups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams claps for his players during warmups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveTodd Bowles came to the Jets with the reputation of being one of the best defensive minds in football. And in his first season, it was easy to see why. After that, it was all a steady roll downhill towards the Jets becoming one of the worst defenses in the league.

That's startling considering how they had invested in their defense. For eight straight years, before they took quarterback Sam Darnold, they had taken a defensive player in the first round of the draft. And they had spent big money on defenders in free agency like corners Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne as well as linebacker Avery Williamson.

Yet they still had no pass rush and they wore down late in games. The Jets' defense was a remarkable group of underachievers.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets' long road from Todd Bowles to Adam Gase began in mid-November, long before either of them were fired from their old jobs. It started after a humiliating, 41-10 home loss by Bowles' Jets to the Buffalo Bills just before the bye week.

The week off gave the entire organization a chance to reassess itself. And the consensus inside the building became that the Jets needed a change.

What happened next was the beginning of what CEO Christopher Johnson later promised was an "extensive" search that over a two-month period included a look at Jim Harbaugh, a flirtation with Mike McCarthy, a push for Matt Rhule and a surprising inability to dismiss Todd Monken. When it was over, they ended up with a new head coach who wasn't on their original list because he was coaching a team in a playoff race with three weeks left in the regular season...

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Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

New Jets head coach Adam Gase touched on plenty of topics during his 15-minute press conference on Monday, but he omitted one key name.

The 40-year-old emphasized the importance of instructing a young quarterback like Sam Darnold, not being interested in total team control and, finally, filling out the remainder of his coaching staff. Gregg Williams is the defensive coordinator generating a buzz in New York and, though Gase did not specifically utter his name on Monday, reports say the Jets are close to bringing Williams in. 

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Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Following the Adam Gase introductory press conference, Jonas Schwartz and Ralph Vacchiano deliver an all-new episode of The Jet Stream podcast!

They grade the new head coach's performance at the presser, react to Christopher Johnson's refusal to drop a playoff mandate, look ahead to the immediate future of the new coaching staff, and discuss what it all means for Sam Darnold

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Christopher Johnson talks Gase 00:02:51
SNY's Jeane Coakley spoke with New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson about why they chose Adam Gase as their new head coach.

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There is nothing new about the phrase "long-suffering Jets fan," because over the last 50 years there's no doubt they've all suffered enough. Right now, they're in the midst of a particularly difficult period. This is the longest stretch without a playoff berth for the Jets in almost 40 years.

That's why the biggest fear of those long-suffering fans who heard the Adam Gase press conference on Monday is that when it comes to this current playoff drought, eight years still may not be enough.

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Mike Maccagnan on Adam Gase 00:02:50
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan chats with Jeane Coakley after the Jets introduced new Jets Head Coach Adam Gase.

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If there was one word to describe new Jets head coach Adam Gase's introductory press conference on Monday afternoon, "understated" would be it.  

After a low-key introduction by CEO Christopher Johnson, Gase remained calm and measured, giving thoughtful and non-controversial answers to reporters as he reiterated that the organization would be patiently following a long-term plan.  

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Jets introduce Adam Gase 00:01:56
The Jets introduced Adam Gase as their new Head Coach. Here?s the best of what Gase and Jets CEO & Chairman Christopher Johnson had to say.

The Jets introduced new head coach Adam Gase during a press conference on Monday afternoon, with Gase speaking to reporters for roughly 15 minutes.

Here are the takeaways:

Why the Jets chose Gase

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Adam Gase with Jeane Coakley 00:04:08
SNY's Jeane Coakley spoke with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase about Sam Darnold and the team after his introductory press conference.

There may be a reason why things between the Jets and defensive coordinator candidate Gregg Williams have reportedly slowed down. 

Jets new head coach Adam Gase told SNY's Jeane Coakley at his introductory press conference on Monday that one of the things he learned from his time as head coach of the Miami Dolphins was not to rush into hiring the staff. 

"What I mean by that is you don't want to start grabbing guys that might be available," he said. "You might have to take your time, interview guys and I think we have the right mindset right now and heading in the right direction and hopefully soon we'll start getting guys on board."

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Oct 21, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 21, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Watch live today on SNY at 2 p.m. as the Jets introduce Adam Gase as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

Coverage will kick off from SNY's studios before shifting to Gase's press conference, which will be followed by exclusive interviews.

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

As the rest of the NFL searches for the "next Sean McVay," Rams running back C.J. Anderson says he has only had one other coach who compares to him: 

Adam Gase

Anderson, who rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Los Angeles' 30-22 NFC Divisional win over the Cowboys on Saturday, has seen a revival of sorts of his career under McVay since joining the Rams on Dec. 19. 

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets have agreed to a contract extension with special teams coach Brant Boyer, reports Adam Caplan of SiriusXM.

Caplan notes that multiple teams would have been interested in hirnig Boyer, whose contract had been set to expire after next season. The 47-year-old Boyer has been with the Jets since 2016 after a stint as the Colts' assistant special teams coach from 2012 to 2015.

As the Jets look to fill out their staff under new head coach Adam Gase, here are the names being considered.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who was a candidate to become head coach of the Jets, will join the Cleveland Browns in his same role, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.

Monken's name was speculated among other potential Jets offensive coordinator candidates after they hired Adam Gase as head coach.

Instead, he will join new head coach Freddie Kitchens and new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks in Cleveland.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

In a since-deleted tweet, Jets S Jamal Adams wasn't shy about one free agent he wanted the team to pursue this offseason.

"Yeah I like #55 Dee Ford off that end for us! Let's pay him what he wants!" Adams tweeted at 7:28 p.m. on Saturday as Ford and the Chiefs were crushing the Colts to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

The 27-year-old Ford had a tremendous game on Sunday, with one forced fumble, one sack, and four tackles. 

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Dec 31, 2017; Detroit, MI USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (left) leaves the field their game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports (Mark Hoffman)
Dec 31, 2017; Detroit, MI USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (left) leaves the field their game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports (Mark Hoffman)

The Jets found their 19th head coach in franchise history this week in Adam Gase, who they officially announced on Friday. But Gase's hiring came as a surprise to many, with former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reportedly having his eyes only set on the Jets' job. 

McCarthy is the more accomplished head coach compared to Gase, and having developed Aaron Rodgers during his time in Green Bay, the marriage with QB Sam Darnold seemed like a match made in heaven. 

But, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Confora, the Jets and McCarthy didn't pan out due to staffing issues. 

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The Guarantee 50th anniversary 00:01:18
On its 50th anniversary, Super Bowl III MVP Joe Namath reflects on his famous promise of the New York Jets winning their first Super Bowl.

On the 50th anniversary of "The Guarantee," Super Bowl III MVP Joe Namath sits down with SNY's Jeané Coakley and reflects on his famous promise of the New York Jets winning their first Super Bowl title.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

There is a lot Jets QB Sam Darnold likes about his new head coach, Adam Gase. 

Particularly, what Gase can do with the Jets offense. 

The 21-year-old quarterback told the Jets team website on Friday that he is "excited" about the new hire and added what he expects from the offense in the first season under Gase. 

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Aug 3, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath acknowledges the crowd during the Enshrinee's gold jacket dinner at the Canton Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 3, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath acknowledges the crowd during the Enshrinee's gold jacket dinner at the Canton Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Peyton Manning is not the only legendary quarterback vouching for Adam Gase

Joe Namath, who celebrated his 50th anniversary of winning Super Bowl III on Saturday, also spoke highly of the new Jets head coach. 

"I like him. I like what I've seen of him," the Hall of Famer told Steve Serby of The Post.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With the Jets officially announcing Adam Gase as their new head coach, one of the team's captains went to social media to show his excitement. 

Pro-Bowl S Jamal Adams posted to his Twitter and Instagram to welcome Gase, as he looks forward to getting to work.

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Is Adam Gase the right choice? 00:00:37
The Jets hired Adam Gase as their next head coach, former Jets QB Ray Lucas is left scratching his head.

Adam Gase is staying in the AFC East, as the Jets will hire him as the 19th head coach in franchise history, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday night. 

The move was reportedly made official as the Jets and Gase have agreed to a deal on Thursday, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The terms of the deal have not yet surfaced.

After learning Baylor head coach Matt Rhule took himself out of the running, news broke minutes later that the former Dolphins head coach will replace Todd Bowles next season. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who is a more accomplished head coach than Gase, was also in the running and only had his eyes set on the Jets' job...

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Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase (middle) celebrates with Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains (right) after defeating the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase (middle) celebrates with Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains (right) after defeating the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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Now that the Jets and incoming head coach Adam Gase have agreed on a contract, one of the main priorities will be for him to fill out his coaching staff. Let's consider who could be candidates for a job:

Offense

Tags: Elijah McGuire, Sam Darnold
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