New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive back Rontez Miles and punter Lac Edwards leave the field after losing to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive back Rontez Miles and punter Lac Edwards leave the field after losing to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets fired head coach Todd Bowles on Dec. 30 after the 55-year-old spent four seasons with the team. Bowles finished his tenure with a 24-40 record -- winning 10 of his first 15 games at the helm. Bowles' Jets finished 5-11 in 2016 and '17, then went 4-12 this season. In hopes of turning a new page, New York isn't wasting time hunting for a replacement.


Here are the latest updates on the Jets' search for a new head coach:

Jan. 9, 8:40 PM:

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that the Jets will hire former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase as their 19th head coach in franchise history. Gase was fired after three seasons in Miami, where he went 23-25 overall including a 10-6 playoff team in his rookie season in 2016. 

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Jan. 9, 7:31 PM: 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule informed the players on his team that he will be staying at school, which takes his name out of the running for the Jets' job. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano furthered the report saying the Jets wanted to give Rhule a list of assistants with NFL experience to hire to his staff. But Rhule didn't agree with that idea, and pulled his name from the running.

With Rhule out, that leaves Mike McCarthy and Adam Gase to choose from as their next head coach. McCarthy, the more accomplished between the two, has reportedly made it known that the Jets' vacancy is the only job he wants to fill.  

Jan 9. 5:18 PM:

The Jets' search for a new head coach has seemingly narrowed down to final few names, and much of the speculation on Wednesday centered around Rhule. 

And when the Jets finally do make their decision, he might be their choice. But don't rule out McCarthy and Gase yet.

Both the former Packers coach and former Dolphins coach are still very much in the mix for the job, according to a source familiar with the Jets' thinking. 

It appears that those two and Rhule are the final three, though at least one league source believes Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken might still be under consideration.

At the moment it's not clear what is holding up the final decision.

The Jets know McCarthy wants the job, but since he made $6 million per year in Green Bay he could be very expensive. 

Rhule would be cheaper, but Baylor University might give him a significant raise in an effort to keep him if the Jets try to hire him away.

It's unclear if money is a factor at all in the process or if negotiations with any of them are even under way. 

All that is clear is that the Jets apparently haven't officially ruled any of them out yet. 

The expectation is the Jets will have a new head coach in place by the end of the week. So far five of the eight openings for NFL head coaches have been filled.

Jan 8, 5:06 PM:

The Cardinals announce Kliff Kingsbury as their next head coach. 

The Jets announce that their interview with Buc offensive coordinate Todd Monken is complete.

Jan 8, 3:15 PM:

After interviewing Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, the former Texas Tech head coach is reportedly close to finalizing a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per NFL Network. 

Ralph's Take: That former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury landed with the Arizona Cardinals did not come as a surprise to the Jets, according to an NFL source. They knew the Cards had been trying to pry him from his new job at USC for a while, and they had been told he would likely take their job if it was offered.

They pursued an interview with him anyway for a couple of reasons: One, because you never know. He had emerged as a hot name on the coaching carousel with a reputation for developing young quarterbacks, and maybe he could have wowed them and vice versa. Or maybe, if the Cards job fell through and the Jets didn't want him as a head coach, they could have lured him as an offensive coordinator.

And the other was to hear his thoughts on the Jets' offense and their young quarterback Sam Darnold. Smart NFL teams often use the interview process not just as a way to find an NFL coach, but to get some much-needed outside perspective on their organization and their plan.

None of that is to say the Jets weren't interested in Kingsbury. They were. They just knew he wasn't likely to end up as their head coach.

Who will? Well, they have announced five candidates - Mike McCarthy, Jim Caldwell, Adam Gase, Eric Bieniemy and Kris Richard, and they are interviewing a sixth (Todd Monken) today. All of them have NFL experience. They also reportedly have talked to Baylor coach Matt Rhule, though it's not clear if they formally interviewed him.

At the moment, there are no other known candidates, so the Jets' choice might emerge in the next couple of days.

Jan 8, 2:01 PM:

Kliff Kingsbury left for Arizona Tuesday morning to interview for the Cardinals job, thus completing his interview with the Jets, per NFL Network's Pete Schrager

Jan 7, 3:40 PM:

The Jets are meeting with USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, according to FS1's Bruce Feldman. Kingsbury was initially denied permission to interview for NFL jobs from the university but appears to have been granted that permission. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Kingsbury still employed by the university despite reports he may have resigned. 

Jan. 7, 2:43 PM:

The Jets completed an interview with Jim Caldwell on Monday. Caldwell was fired as Lions head coach after the 2017 season after four seasons as head coach, including two playoff appearances. 

The Jets will aslo talk to Baylor coach Matt Rhule before interviewing Bucs OC Todd Monken on Tuesday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. 

Jan. 6, 8:04 PM:

Mike McCarthy is still a candidate for the Jets' job, an NFL source told SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano, and as far as the team knows, the former Packers coach has not made any big decisions about his future. There has always been a chance that he'd choose to sit out the 2019 season, as one report on Sunday said he planned to do. But after interviewing him on Friday and Saturday, the source said, the Jets believe he's still interested in their job.

That could always change, but for now it does appear that McCarthy has "warmed" to the idea of coaching the Jets, as one source told SNY on Saturday. The only two jobs he's currently planning to interview for are the Jets job and the Browns job. He postponed his interview with the Browns a few days ago, but it is expected to take place this week.

McCarthy does still appear to be a favorite, particularly of Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, according to a source. The Jets went into the search hoping to find an experienced head coach with an offensive mind and someone who could help develop young quarterback Sam Darnold and energize their fan base. The 55-year-old McCarthy would seem to check all of those boxes.

But the Jets are going to continue their extensive search at least through this week, before deciding whether they're going to bring in any candidates for a second interview. So far they've interviewed McCarthy, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. They interviewed Cowboys DBs coach Kris Richard on Sunday in Dallas, and will interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken on Tuesday.

They also may interview Baylor coach Matt Rhule, and they are hopeful USC will change its mind and let them talk to Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Todd Monken

Jan. 5, 3:21 PM: 

A source confirms to SNY the Jets interview with Bucs OC Todd Monken is scheduled for Tuesday.

McCarthy also completed his interview on Saturday. So Richard on Sunday, Monken on Tuesday. Bieniemy and Gase are already done. They're still interested in Jim Caldwell, but there is no date scheduled for him yet. 

Monken reportedly also has interviews with the Packers and Bengals.

Jan. 5, 12:57 PM:

USC has denied the Jets and Cardinals permission to interview Kliff Kingsbury as head coach, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kingsbury accepted a position as the offensive coordinator in early December after he was fired as head coach of Texas Tech in November. 

Jan. 5, 9:04 AM:

Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy will interview with the Jets on Saturday, per NFL Network. 

Jan. 4, 4:53 PM:

The Jets are interested in Baylor coach Matt Rhule, according to ESPN, but it's unclear if he will be asked to interview for the head coaching position.

Jan. 4, 2:49 PM:

The Jets announced they've completed an interview with former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase

Jan. 4, 2:13 PM:

The Jets will meet with Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard on Sunday in Dallas, after the Cowboys play their wild-card round game against the Seahawks on Saturday, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Kris Richard

Jan. 2, 5:43 PM:

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will interview with the Jets this Friday. Gase, who interviewed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, was canned by the Dolphins after three seasons that saw a 23-25 overall record. Miami made the playoffs in his first season after a 10-6 campaign in 2016.

Gase has been plagued with quarterback issues during his three seasons, as Ryan Tannehill's injury situation forced backups like Matt Moore to take over in his place. With the Jets, Gase -- an offensive mind -- would hope for more luck with a young quarterback Sam Darnold. He would also get some revenge against his former team twice a year.

Jan. 2, 1:22 PM:

Jets announce they've completed an interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

Jan. 2, 9:16 AM:

The Jets will interview Eric Bieniemy on Wednesday in Kansas City, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer.

Bieniemy, who has worked under Andy Reid since 2013 and led the Chiefs to the No. 1 seed and the top offense in the league in his first season as offensive coordinator, will also interview with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Dolphins on Thursday and Bengals on Friday, according to Breer and NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.

Jan. 1, 7:26 PM:

Kliff Kingsbury: The former Texas Tech head coach and former USC offensive coordinator will conduct an interview with the Jets, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. 

Kingsbury, 39, is viewed as an up-and-coming offensive mind and has spent time developing quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. He also is expected to interview with the Arizona Cardinals. 

Kingsbury also once played for the Jets. His only NFL appearance came with them in 2005 when he completed just one of two passes. 

Jan. 1, 12:30 PM:

Mike McCarthy: The former Green Bay Packers coach has been at the top of the Jets' wish list for their next head coach since the day he was fired by the Packers, as SNY has been reporting for more than a month. The only question has been whether he's interested in the Jets or whether he wants to sit out the entire 2019 season, as some in the NFL suspect.

McCarthy, though, is planning to talk to the Jets at least, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. An interview hasn't officially been scheduled, but he's indicated that he will take one with the Jets. He has also drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals too, though it's unclear if he'll interview with them. He is believed to be very interested in the Cardinals job.

The 55-year-old McCarthy is the most accomplished coach on the market. In 13 seasons with the Packers he took them to playoffs nine times, the NFC championship four times, and he won a Super Bowl once. He had eight seasons with at least 10 wins and his offense was ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL nine times.

Obviously he had the benefit of the NFL's best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, on his roster. But he had at least a little to do with Rodgers' development too. And that could be a huge selling point for the Jets as they consider the development of their own young, star quarterback, Sam Darnold.

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Jim Caldwell

Dec. 31, 7:05 PM:

Jim Caldwell: The Jets do plan to interview former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. It doesn't sound like an interview is set up yet, but it should be coming. The 63-year-old has already interviewed with the Green Bay Packers and reportedly could be on the Cleveland Browns' list too. He's not a high-profile candidate or a big name, but he was very successful in both his previous stops. The fact that he went to the playoffs twice in four years with Detroit is a miracle considering that franchise has had three playoff berths in the last 19 years.

Dec. 31, 6:45 PM:

Zac TaylorIf the Jets are searching for the next Sean McVay, they don't seem to be searching for him in McVay's staff according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. In a somewhat surprising move, the Jets - in their "extensive" search - don't seem to be in on Rams QB coach Zac Taylor. Given the success of the Rams and McVay's offense, Taylor has become a very hot commodity. The Cardinals, Broncos and Bengals have already scheduled interviews with him, per a source, but the Jets haven't reached out at all. At this point, especially with the Rams in the playoffs, he might not be willing to take any more interviews, so the Jets might have already missed their chance.

Dec. 31, 2:30 PM:

Matt Campbell: The Iowa State coach, who was expected to draw interest from the NFL, received a request to interview with the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As of right now, though, he's declining.

Dec. 31, 1:37 PM:

Todd Monken: The Jets put in a request to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. Monken had college head coaching experience with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from 2013-15. The 52-year-old completed his head coach tenure with a 13-25 regular season record for Southern Miss. The Bucs hired Monken as their OC before the 2016 season. Tampa Bay had the No. 1 passing offense in the league with Monken serving as the play caller in 2018. 

Ralph's Take: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a huge disappointment this season at 5-11, but somehow they had the NFL's third-ranked offense (415.5 yards per game) and the NFL's best passing attack (320.3). That's surprising, considering they began the year without starter Jameis Winston and then yo-yoed between him and journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. That success has put the spotlight on the 52-year-old Monken, who also had success as a head coach in college, turning Southern Miss from a 1-11 mess to a bowl team in his three seasons. He fits the profile as an offense guru, even if he is a bit of an unknown.

Dec. 31, 12:30 PM:

Kris Richard: The Jets are requesting an interview with Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator and Defensive backs coach Kris Richard, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. The playoff-bound Cowboys hired Richard as their DB coach in January of this year. The former NFL cornerback began his coaching career with the Seattle Seahawks 2010 as an assistant DB coach, promoted to Defensive coordinator in '15. Richard's defense ranked first in points allowed for the '15 Seahawks season.

Ralph's Take: The 39-year-old Richard is a very well-respected coach who a lot of people around the league believe will be a star as a head coach someday. He'll be a terrific hire for someone, but he doesn't make a lot of sense for the Jets. His specialty is defense. He was the assistant who groomed the Legion of Boom secondary in Seattle and then became their defensive coordinator. A former NFL cornerback, he has no background on offense at all. That makes him another Todd Bowles and that's not what the Jets need. They need an offensive mind, someone who can help groom quarterback Sam Darnold. Another defensive mind with no head coaching experience would be a mistake.

Dec. 31, 11:35 AM:

Eric Bieniemy: The Jets put in a request to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. Bieniemy has 11 years of coaching experience under his belt -- six years with Kansas City under head coach Andy Reid. He was promoted to Chiefs OC before the 2018 season. QB Patrick Mahomes had a great year under Bieniemy's tutelage, completing 383 of 580 passes for 5,097 yards on the year.

Ralph's Take: This is a real good place for the Jets to start, given the success of young quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the explosiveness of the Chiefs offense. Andy Reid calls the plays there, but that hasn't seemed to hurt the men on the branches of his coaching tree. Matt Nagy, his previous offensive coordinator, turned the Chicago Bears around this season and led them to the playoffs. And his previous offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, won a Super Bowl last year in his first season as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. So there's a track record there. The only risk is that he's never been a head coach at any level, and the Jets may want someone a little more experienced than that.

Dec. 30, 12:00 PM:

Mike McCarthy: Cardinals ownership reached out to former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and the 55-year-old reportedly said he does not intend to pursue the opening, according to CBS Sports. The reports says McCarthy will sit out in 2019 if the perfect coaching opportunity does not present itself. McCarthy took the Packers to four NFC championships in 13 years before he was fired in-season earlier this month. He finished his tenure with the Green Bay on a 125-77-2 regular season record. 

Ralph's Take: Simply the best available candidate. In 13 seasons in Green Bay he had eight seasons with double-digit wins, nine trips to the playoffs, four trips to the NFC championship and a Super Bowl championship. What's unknown is whether he wants to coach in New York.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

A day after the Jets secured their first win of the season, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a few injuries to inform the media about. 

The biggest one -- and the one the Jets may worry about most heading into the new week -- was LT Kelvin Beachum sustaining a sprained ankle.

He is currently week-to-week, and the Jets are going to have to plan like he won't be available for the Jets Monday night matchup against the undefeated Patriots. If that is the case, Brandon Shell, who currently serves as the team's right tackle, might have to shift over to the left side. 

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Tight end Chris Herndon has rejoined the Jets after serving his four-game suspension to begin the season. In order to make room for Herndon, the Jets have waived linebacker Frankie Luvu.

The Jets are getting back a big member of their receiving core from last season, as Herndon was second on the team in receptions with 39. The 2018 fourth-round pick also finished his rookie season with 502 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite being reinstated to the active roster, Herndon may not suit up for the Jets just yet, having injured his hamstring prior to Week 5, but he hopes to practice this week.

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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

Leonard Williams' name popped up in trade rumors on Sunday, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that "multiple teams" were interested in trading for the Jets' defensive end.

After the Jets' win over the Cowboys on Sunday, Williams addressed the rumors. And he didn't seem too bothered.

"I wouldn't say it makes me uneasy," he told reporters. "You see the best players in the league get traded and it's not like it's a personal thing. It's just the way the business is and I can't take anything personal. That's why I can't really focus on it because I can't really control it. The best thing I can control is my play and wherever I end up, just focus on that."

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Sam Darnold and Adam Gase

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The Jets suddenly have a little life with the return of Sam Darnold and a big win over the Cowboys. They are feeling confident, the way they did way back in Week 1.

But it is all too little, too late?

Not necessarily, at least not if they can pull off an improbable win against the New England Patriots at the Meadowlands next Monday night in a game that is shaping up as the Jets' last stand for the 2019 season. Their odds are already long at 1-4, but their playoff path will look impossible if they fall to 1-5.

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Jets QB Sam Darnold
Jets QB Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold returned on Sunday and helped guide the Jets to a huge win over the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

It was the Jets' first win of the season after starting 0-4, and the triumph dominated the early back pages in NYC on Monday.

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The first four weeks of the season were disastrous for the Jets. Losing their starting quarterback to mono and a backup quarterback to an ankle injury undermined everything they were hoping to do.

That didn't stop the drumbeat, though, of people unhappy with Adam Gase's performance, wondering if this might be his only season with the franchise.

That's a storyline that seems pretty ridiculous now.

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SNY's Bart Scott apologizes for how hard he's been on Jets head coach Adam Gase after getting his first win of the season against Dallas

After the Jets' offense came alive for New York's first win of 2019 in Sunday's 24-22 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys, SNY's Bart Scott got creative with an apology to Adam Gase on Jets Post Game Live.

Critical of Gase throughout the regular season's opening four games for the previously winless Jets (1-4), Scott owned up to his comments about the offense's ineffectiveness under the first-year head coach with quarterback Sam Darnold back from mononucleosis.

Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his first game back since Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, Sept. 8's 17-16 loss, which he played while mononucleosis started to bring him under the weather.

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New York Jets receiver Jamison Crowder explains what QB Sam Darnold brings to the offense when he's under center.

The Jets offense was undoubtedly better with quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 6 as the team picked up their first win of the year over the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22. 

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Darnold's return.  

"It was great. The offense, I just felt like we were able to move the football," Crowder said following the win. 

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The Jets saw quarterback Sam Darnold return to the lineup and light up the Cowboys en route to a 24-22 win over Dallas, their first of the year. Running back Le'Veon Bell was less of a factor in the outing and that's perfectly fine with him. 

Bell averaged 3.6 yards per carry, which came via 50 yards on 14 carries. He did add a touchdown, but Darnold's day stood out, especially after the lackluster quarterbacking the Jets have gotten without him in the lineup. 

Darnold had 338 passing yards and two scores with an interception. But whatever gets it done, works for Bell. Moving forward he thinks Darnold's presence will help create a more dynamic attack for the Jets, and the Darnold-Bell, one-two punch will keep opponents on their toes. 

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New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson thrived having QB Sam Darnold back under center but knows the team still has a lot of work to do

The Jets offense came to life with Sam Darnold under center against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Jets held on for a 24-22 win, but the offensive side of the ball looked its best when Darnold connected with wide receiver Robby Anderson for a score. 

Anderson led the Jets with five catches for 125 yards. A big chunk of that came on his touchdown which was a 92-yard strike that gave Gang Green a huge jolt of life and 14-3 lead late in the first half. 

Prior to the play, Anderson said he communicated to his QB that the Cowboys' secondary had been sitting on shorter routes. The ensuing throw over the top of their defense proved Anderson correct. 

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How much different did the Jets look on offense with quarterback Sam Darnold in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys?

Just ask Robby Anderson.

The wide receiver caught five passes for 125 yards and a 92-yard touchdown, igniting an offense that the Jets (1-4) desperately needed to get back on track and did against the Cowboys' defense.

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In Sunday's 24-22 win over the Cowboys, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to the lineup in style, completing 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions...

First quarter, 14:56. No score. First play of the game at the Jets' 18-yard line.

It didn't take Darnold long to underscore the fact that they had upgraded significantly at the quarterback position.

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Jets safety Jamal Adams is pumped after solidifying the Jets first win and wants the Jets fans to keep their faith and believe in the team.

The Jets very much held on for their first win of the 2019 season, a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It took a game-sealing blitz on the Cowboys' late two-point conversion attempt to take the win. 

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sent a pass intended for tight end Jason Witten into the ground as the Jets weren't playing chess, they were playing math. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams dialed up an all-out blitz and there were plenty more defenders than blockers. 

The decision worked as safety Jamal Adams went in on Prescott unblocked and forced the incompletion.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was happy to be back and help the team get their first win of the season

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Sam Darnold is back. And so is the Jets' offense.

In case anyone needed proof that the problem the last three weeks had been poor quarterback play, the 22-year-old Darnold showed how much a difference even a competent quarterback can make. And he was more than competent. He was outstanding. Playing for the first time since Week 1, he completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception

It was enough to let the Jets hang on for their first win of the season -- 24-22 over the Dallas Cowboys.

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New York Jets receiver Demaryius Thomas sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley and opened up on his mother and grandmother's incarceration.

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and talked about his difficult upbringing.

Thomas is thankful to have gone to church and Bible study, instead of doing other activies.

"But I could have easily went the opposite way and been in the wrong crowd," Thomas said. "But I just couldn't be that kid. I always wanted to take care of my sisters, my family, my mom, grandmother. I always had in my mind that they'd get out one day, and they was able to get out."

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Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)
Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out earlier on Sunday, the Jets will be looking to be extremely active at the NFL trade deadline that approaches closer by the day. And one of the players he says to watch is DL Leonard Williams

Well, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the interest in Williams is already there around the league. 

Schefter is hearing that multiple teams are looking at Williams, the former first-rounder by the Jets back in 2015. And what could they potentially get for him? 

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The Jets may have a glimmer of hope now that Sam Darnold is back in the lineup, but they are still facing a stark and unfortunate reality. Since 1990, when the NFL playoffs expanded, only one team has started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs. And it hasn't happened since the San Diego Chargers did it in 1992.

That's why between now and the trading deadline on Oct. 29, many around the league believe the Jets' motto should be, and will be: "Sell!"

A lot can happen in the three games between now and that deadline, of course, but multiple league sources told SNY that they expect new Jets GM Joe Douglas to be extremely active in the next few weeks. One source used the word "firesale" to describe what he expects would happen thanks to the combination of a new GM, a team with an 0-4 record, and several expensive but talented players who may not fit in to his long-term plan.
 

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The 0-4 Jets will face the 3-2 Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 13, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. ET

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New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)

Sam Darnold has been medically cleared and is ready to get back into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Cowboys, and one of his top targets is happy to see No. 14 back under center.

Jamison Crowder recently told Steve Serby of the New York Post that he's "excited" to have Darnold back on the field.

"I'm glad that he's back. I'm just excited, man, see what we can do with him back at the head of the offense," Crowder said. "I feel like the first game [Buffalo], me and him started off with great chemistry, and things were kind of obviously derailed with him being sick or whatnot."

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The Jets announced on Saturday afternoon that the team has signed veteran nose tackle Steve McLendon to a one-year contract extension. 

Originally an undrafted rookie free agent signing with Pittsburgh in 2009, McLendon, now 33 years old, originally joined the Jets in 2016 on a three-year deal. This past march, the Troy product re-signed with Gang Green on a one-year deal. Now, he will be under contract through the 2020 season. 

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Jets have activated linebacker Brandon Copeland following his four-game suspension, the team announced on Saturday. To make room for Copeland on the roster, the Jets waived quarterback Luke Falk

Copeland was sidelined for the first four games after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy by failing an offseason drug test. Copeland maintains the failed test was due to a tainted supplement he was using, but regardless he is set to make his season debut against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Copeland signed with the Jets prior to last season and appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) in 2018, setting career highs with 47 tackles and five sacks. He played for the Lions in 2015 and 2016 before missing all of the 2017 season with a torn pectoral muscle and signing with Gang Green.

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Gase happy to have Darnold 00:01:36
Jets head coach Adam Gase chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley and explains how Sam Darnold's return will affect and improve the team's offense.

Jets QB Sam Darnold will make his return to the field for the first time since Week 1 on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys

When he'll be getting dressed to play, the second-year quarterback will be wearing specialized pads for extra protection for his spleen, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"The same company that made specialized pads for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, used that same model to develop something quickly to protect Sam Darnold," Pelissero said. "With Newton, he is just a bigger bodied quarterback, so he needed a little extra protection through his mid-section. With Darnold, the concern when you've had mono is the spleen. Standard shoulder pads really don't provide that type of protection. So, Darnold, I'm told, went through multiple fittings and he's got something that he is comfortable with as he gets back on the field."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Wide receiver Robby Anderson has been a bright spot for the Jets offense the past few seasons, but is off to a slow start this year through four games.

The 26-year-old out of Temple University had made 155 catches for 2,280 yards and 15 touchdowns from 2016 through 2018. Including a breakout year in 2017, where he caught 63 passes on 114 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. 

He started 15 of the 16 games he played in during the 2017 season, and averaged 58.8 yards receiving per game with 38-year-old Josh McCown as his quarterback. So naturally, it was expected that Anderson would take another step forward when the team drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Sam Darnold is back under center 00:01:28
Jets QB Sam Darnold talks about playing again, and how the team's offense needs "to clean up the details" in order to find success.

Jets head coach Adam Gase gets his starting quarterback under center once again, but when Sam Darnold does take that first hit on Sunday against the Cowboys, everyone will be holding their breath. 

Darnold is returning from mononucleosis, and it may have been a week earlier if he didnt have an enlarged spleen. It's a side effect of the illness, and could even be fatal if it were to burst upon contact. 

That's why doctors had to be totally sure Darnold's spleen returned to normal size. With him starting this week, the result is it has -- and that's why Darnold isn't nervous if he does take a hit. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Over the next few weeks, the Jets should be getting several starters back from injury or suspension, headlined of course by Sam Darnold. This should provide a much-needed injection of talent for a team that has mostly been over matched in losing each of their first four games.

However, while the team as a whole has been struggling, there have been some positive flashes here and there from young players who have been making the most of their opportunity for additional playing time.

While the returning players should send most of these individuals back to the bench, it would be a shame if their playing time dried up altogether. Let's explore some players who deserve to continue getting chances to contribute even as the team approaches full strength:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Copeland, CJ Mosley, Henry Anderson, Kelechi Osemele, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Ty Montgomery
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets' safety Jamal Adams was not very happy last month after being fined $21,056 for a hit on Browns QB Baker Mayfield in their Week 2 matchup.

But there's no need for Adams to be upset anymore, as the NFL announced that he will not be fined for that hit. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks agreed with Adams, and rescinded the fine.

Adams was issued a roughing the passer penalty on Baker Mayfield, but said officials that threw the flag apologized to the Jets' coaching staff for making the call after the game.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While the 0-4 Jets are struggling mightily to get things going on offense, their defense faces a very tough challenge in the Cowboys on Sunday. 

Dallas is the NFL's leader in total offense, averaging a whopping 452.8 yards per game with the ability to run and throw the ball at whim. Jets head coach Adam Gase fully realizes what the Cowboys brings to the table, and when asked about it, he couldn't help but to smile while describing the weapons they have to work with. 

"Probably their Pro Bowl offensive line," Gase said on Thursday. "Probably one of the best running backs in football. Explosive wide receiver. Good slot wide receiver. Hall of Fame tight end. Quarterback's pretty good. Outside of that, I mean..."

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Copeland honest after suspension 00:01:59
Brandon Copeland returned to the team after his PED suspension. He opened up about what happened and what's next.

After the news broke regarding his violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs Aug. 21, Brandon Copeland remained quiet as he served his four-game suspension.

Outside of a lengthy Aug. 22 statement on Instagram, Copeland said his piece and stayed silent while he worked back from the month-long absence.

Labeled by head coach Adam Gase as a starting linebacker for Week 6's game against the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) Sunday at 4:25 p.m. from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Copeland opened up on his road back to the field when he met the media Wednesday after practice.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When Le'Veon Bell heard the news about quarterback Sam Darnold's official return from mononucleosis, the Jets running back reacted accordingly.

Sidelined since Sept. 8's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Darnold's four-week recovery forced New York to go with backup Trevor Siemian and then third-string Luke Falk, who ascended atop the depth chart after Siemian's season-ending ankle injury in Sept. 15's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

While the Jets suffered three straight losses of 16 points or more as they stumbled to their 0-4 start, including consecutive defeats on the road against the New England Patriots (30-14, Sept. 22) and Philadelphia Eagles (31-6, Oct. 6), Darnold's first game back since the season opener gives the offense hope before Sunday's home game with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Gase, Bell excited for Darnold 00:00:41
Sam Darnold is officially cleared for contact. Could that mean good things for Le'Veon and the rest of the team?

Jets head coach Adam Gase shares the excitement that his players have for QB Sam Darnold finally returning after battling mononucleosis. Of course, Darnold is also excited to get back on the field. 

The excitement won't last long, though, if the Jets can get something going on offense. Since Darnold's been gone, the Jets have barely been able to move the ball. 

So, while spirits are high at One Jets Drive, this group knows there's a lot of work to be done to finally chalk up that first win. 

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