Opening statement…

They always say, “Well, it’s never as good and never as bad as what you think.” That was pretty close, though, to being about as bad as I remember. Then there were some things that we did really well and I think this team is a lot closer than it might appear to being a decent football team because there are some things that we’re doing in a lot of areas that are pretty impressive. With that being said, there are other areas where we still have to improve, like more than a little bit. That’s a challenge. That’s where we’re working. And obviously, as we say, you have five weeks left in the season, it’s all about Miami and that’s where we’re at. It seems like I’ve said the same thing the last couple of weeks, but that’s where the focus is and certainly we have to get better. The mistakes we made, they’re not on one person. Offensively, as it always does, it seems like as we talk about Geno (Smith) all the time, the stats are out there for the public awareness, I guess. Here are the facts, he was nine-for-(22), but it doesn’t paint the whole picture and it’s certainly not on one guy. When you look at the numbers, (and say), ‘Boy, that guy really struggled.’ But there’s a reason. Some of it is protections. Some of it is dropping the football. Some of it is a poor throw. Some of it’s not running a precise route. There are a lot of factors that (are) involved in it. Defensively, it’s getting the ball thrown over our heads, but there’s times where we’re just flat not making the play down the field. We had a couple passes right in our hands (and) we dropped them on defense. Hopefully, that will change and hopefully it changes in a hurry.

On whether he is concerned about Smith’s current play…

I’m concerned about all of our play as a football team. That’s my concern. With Geno, sure, we have to get more production out of the quarterback position. I understand that. Some of it, he’s making throws. As a defensive coach, you always talk about making them throw out of a well. Basically, you’re trying to paint that picture where you’re pushing that pocket so much that he literally is having to throw the thing out of the well. That happened to us more than a couple of times and it’s hard to be consistent and hit what you’re trying to aim at when you’re altered that way. The last interception, it was a blown coverage. If we played the coverage like they did, they would’ve scored twice on us. That’s just the way it is. But the kid (Corey Graham) makes an unbelievable play. He’s playing number one (receiver) over there, but he actually undercuts number two (receiver). Both of them are running verticals. We got the tight end running. I think he sees that the safety misplays it and says, “Oh shoot, I’ll just feather the ball in there instead of driving the ball in there.” Sometimes it’s like, ‘Pull the trigger.’ Like it’s right there, you still have to throw it. He just never wanted to miss it and kind of just put touch on it instead of firing it in there like he always does. The kid undercuts it (and) makes an unbelievable play. He has to learn from that. If a guy blows a coverage, you have to fire it in there still. That’s what you have to do. I think he will learn from it.

On comments during the CBS game telecast that he told the announcing team that he would not replace Smith as long as the Ravens game was competitive…

I have confidence in Geno. I don’t necessarily understand that. Yes, we’re going. The game’s going.

On comments that he would not take Smith out if he was struggling and the game was still close…

I don’t think like that. They’re saying a blowout or whatever, I never think like that. I think we’re going to win the game and that’s how you go into it. Obviously, if it’s a situation where you can win the game, then I wasn’t going to take him out. We’ve come back. He’s led four comeback drives for victories. I guess I’m missing the point.

On whether a player can get benched during a close game if he’s not playing well…

No, I’ve never once said that if a guy doesn’t play well that he won’t be yanked. Bull, I’ve yanked guys in the past. That’s why I said I don’t understand it. Obviously if you’re in a situation to win a game, why would you pull your starting quarterback out? I don’t get that. Now, if a guy’s struggling, anybody can get benched and I’ve benched several players in the past. I think the point that you guys are trying to bring up, I don’t think is accurate. I certainly wouldn’t think that (Smith) feels that there isn’t a chance that he can be replaced if he’s not playing well. I don’t think’s there’s anyone on this team that would feel that way. There’s an accountability to everybody and I think everybody feels that.

On whether Smith is starting against Miami…

Yes.

On whether it was the plan for Smith to start all along…

No. I have conversations with Marty (Mornhinweg) all the time and Dennis (Thurman) will watch the type, I’ll watch it. The offense watches it together, individually and then together. And then the same thing on defense. I watch all phases and then, we’ll talk about it. We even get together as an entire staff and go over the game.

On whether there was consideration to starting Simms…

Again, I think when you look at it, you’re just evaluating the tape, evaluating the game, that you don’t even know the specific opponents. So, most of the coaches haven’t seen one snap of Miami yet because all your preparation is into this game. Now, some of the quality control coaches, they’ve broken down the tape. But, when you’re looking at the conversation, not mentioning the quarterback situation, but anybody. If it was a tackle for instance, you’ve got to know who you’re up against. In this case, with Geno, I think when you watch the tape and you’re factoring the things, I think he did a much better job. There are a couple factors I thought he improved. There are a couple areas I thought he improved in from the previous week, even though the numbers say there wasn’t a whole lot of improvement. I think the way he handled his pocket awareness was much better and believe me it was tough. You’ve got (Terrell) Suggs on one side and (Elvis) Dumervil on the other. Haloti (Ngata) and this other kid (Arthur) Jones pushing it through the middle, it was tough. He stepped up at the appropriate time, he bailed at the appropriate time. I thought he kept things alive. I was impressed with that. I was also impressed with the fact that he threw some passes away that weren’t there. He wasn’t going to force the issue. So, I was impressed with some of the things that he did.

On whether Smith gives the team the best chance to win…

Right now, I would feel that he gives us the best chance to win.

On saying he sees signs of a decent football team…

I’m just saying that when I see a decent team, I think there’s some phases where we can be dominant. I think right now, if you look at our team, we’re a dominant run defense. There’s nobody close to us in this league and when you look at it, saying from a statistical standpoint, I think we give up 2.8 or 2.9 (yards) a rush, when the next closest team is maybe 3.5 or 3.4 per rush. I think that’s the separation that you don’t see very often in this league from first to second place in rushing (average). So, I would say that we’re doing a decent job of playing the run. I would think maybe it’s a little better than that. There’s some areas where, I think at times, we’ve done some good things running the football, but there’s other areas that clearly we need to improve on. When you look at it from a defensive standpoint, obviously still preventing the deep ball. We were on top of almost every one of them in the game, except too, actually three. We dropped the coverage on one. We had a bust in the coverage for a 27-yard play and then we got the ball thrown over top of us for a 60-yarder and then the touchdown as well. Obviously, we’re not there yet, but we’re working (to get) there.

On if his definition of decent is an average football team…

Decent for us would be much better than that. I think we could be really good. I think we have a chance to be really good in some areas, in particular, that we’re working hard at. But, there’s other areas that have to improve and those areas we’re going to (improve). You can become really good when you make your weakness your strength. So, obviously the focus last year, we weren’t very good at stopping the run. We focused on it, now we’re leading the league, so, there’s ways of getting there. It just takes hard work and persistence.

On whether he has a lack of confidence in the offense…

Well, no. Obviously the conditions, there’s several different factors. We know we have to score, there’s no question about that and we have to do a better job on third down in particular in both those games. So, that’s an area of emphasis that we’ll be focused on this week.

On whether he’s concerned that the team doesn’t have enough talent at the skill positions…

I think we have weapons. It’s just that we need more consistency. I think part of it, on the practice field, some of the timing might be off all that. We haven’t had the full complement of guys on the practice field. We had Kellen Winslow misses a couple days. We had Santonio (Holmes) off the foot injury, misses a couple days of work. David Nelson was sick. I mean it just seemed like a snowball effect. The entire week we had the scout team offense, (it) was defensive players or defensive backs. They were running routes for our defense. Normally, you have your offensive guys do it, but we couldn’t, we weren’t healthy enough at receiver to do that, so that plays into it a little bit as well - that you’ve worked a certain route, now all of a sudden you have a different player running that route. We’ve got to get healthy and we’ve got to get our guys back on the practice field.

On if he will give Simms more reps with the first team and what Simms needs to do to become a viable alternate for Smith…

Well, first off, I like Matt Simms. I think Matt’s done some good things for us when we’ve put him in some games. On the scout team each week I can evaluate him. And then the other thing that I do is with Matt and I we stand next to each other when the offense is up and he repeats the play to me. Marty (Mornhinweg) has him do that and he’s right on top it. He can tell you exactly what the plays are and things like that. He’s impressive that way.

On if Simms will get first-team reps…

Again, I’d like to be able to watch a few plays on Miami before we decide that.

On telling the team to stick together and not listen to opinions outside of the building…

I don’t see that as a direct quote from me. To me, I think sometimes when you view the whole game, you see that the areas of concerns are more, it’s not just about the one position. I recognize that’s an important position, but when I said sometimes the protection’s letting us down, sometimes the timing of the routes are letting us down, sometimes guys aren’t catching the football, sometimes it’s a poor throw and a poor decision on the quarterback’s part. I don’t know if you guys believe me or not, but that’s what I see. So I don’t see it necessarily about just the one man. It’s not about the one individual. It’s not a frustration thing on my part, it’s just the fact that sometimes this is what I’m seeing and I’m telling you what I beleive to be the truth. Whether you take it or not, I’m not trying to convince anybody, I’m just telling you what I see. As far as the outside forces influencing our team, absolutely. My team is close. This team is close. There’s always going to be ups and downs with each unit whether it’s special teams, offense, defense, or whatever. There’s going to be sometimes when the defense has to carry the load until the offense gets righted and vice versa. I know the way the game’s played. I know the way sometimes there’s outside influences (that) can try to chip away at your team and the foundation of your team and (we) certainly don’t need that.

On the message he told the team…

It’s what I just shared with you. So that’s my message that, ‘Hey, I get it.’ But I think our team understands that this is about us. That’s what is so good about our room. Look, outside expectations, we were ranked 32nd in this league or whatever the heck we were, 33rd, 32-A or something.

On how serious Troy Davis’ injury was…

Yeah, I think that’s a real unfortunate thing. I know the NFL is really trying to clean up those kind of hits, the defenseless players and all that. It wasn’t a penalty at the time. But certainly it’s something where he got injured and, before I go into his specific injury or anybody else’s, I’ll just wait until Wednesday to give the official report and by then maybe things will clear up a little bit.

On if he was surprised the hit on Davis was not a penalty…

Well again, I’m not going to get into me judging officials or anything like that. At the time I thought it was but I don’t have a great view of things. Apparently one of my coaches wanted to get a better view (joking). I haven’t seen that one called. I saw that called one other time in all the years I’ve coached and I’ll never forget it. Jim Colletto, we bust a big run, he’s trying to get the guy to stay in bounds and the ref runs right into him and he goes “Whoops, that’s on me.” It’s like, what? He was a veteran coach for years and years and Jim’s voice was tremendous. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ I had never (seen) that. But that was the first time in all the years of coaching, or the only two times, that’s ever happened.

On how other factors affect how he evaluates Smith…

Well, I think if it’s a clean pocket, it’s a lot easier to make a throw, an accurate throw than it would be with guys in your face and everything else. But again, I see it on the practice field. At times, the guy’s done a nice job. Geno’s done a nice job here. I think the team has confidence in him and I have confidence in him.

On if a quarterback change is his decision…

In the heat of the battle, John (Idzik) is not beside me.

On if changing starting quarterbacks for future games is his decision…

Well again, if it would be a big decision on those things, whether it’s at corner or quarterback or whatever, it’s not that I’m just going to say, ‘This guy’s going to play, or whatever, and that’s it because I’m the head coach.’ It’s I’ll look into the factors. I’ll talk to a Dennis Thurman. I’ll talk to Marty Mornhinweg. I’ll talk to whoever the position coach is. I’ll always get input from people before there’s a big decision on doing that. In the course of the game, clearly I’ll lean on them as well. I’ll lean on Dennis. I’ll lean on Marty and whoever. It’s something that, whether you have the authority to do it or not, you want to make sure that everybody’s on board with the decision and that’s whether you’re replacing a guy during a game or not.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Jets and Patriots will square off for the second time this season Monday night in an extremely short span, as the two teams saw each other just a few weeks ago during Week 3.

The Patriots hosted the Jets in the last time out and handled their business, leaving Gillette Stadium with a 3--0 record, but just based on the substitution of one player this week, Monday night could potentially be a whole different type of ball game.

The Jets of course will be in the hands of Sam Darnold this time around, as the second-year quarterback was out with mono for the first time these two teams met this season. Luke Falk got his first career start in Week 3 with Darnold absent and struggled throughout, finishing 12-of-22 for 98 yards and an interception.

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Possible Mosley return? 00:01:04
Jets Head Coach Adam Gase on whether linebacker C.J. Mosley is ready to return to action after a groin injury

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The worst thing that happened to the Jets early in the season was losing franchise quarterback Sam Darnold.

Losing C.J. Mosley, though, was a pretty close second.

The impact of playing without Mosley for the last four-plus games maybe isn't as obvious as the impact of three games without Darnold, especially since the defense has managed to survive -- and sometimes even thrive -- in his absence. But the Jets don't underestimate how much their defensive captain means to them, and how huge it would be if he would somehow be able to get back in time for their Monday night game against the New England Patriots.

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Adam Gase refused to confirm that G Kelechi Osemele will be having surgery on his shoulder, despite reports that were confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano earlier this week that he, in fact, would be.

"We're going through our process right now," Gase said at Wednesday's press conference. 

When asked what his previous comment meant, Gase added: "That means I don't have an answer for you."

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week after his big return Sunday.

Darnold came back from his three-game absence due to mono, and put up some big numbers for the Jets in their first win of the season.

The second-year USC product went 23-of-32 for 338 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 117.6 passer rating Sunday for the Jets, as they pulled off a big 24-22 upset over the Dallas Cowboys. 

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Nov 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) reaches for a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) reaches for a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets made a change in the team's secondary on Tuesday afternoon, signing DB Blake Countess.

Gang Green waived DB Arthur Maulet to make room on the 53-man roster.

Countess is originally a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2016, though he never played a game with the team. After playing collegiate ball at both Michigan and Auburn, Countess did not make the Eagles' 53-man roster following his first NFL preseason. 

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Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett (77) leaves the field after warmups before the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett (77) leaves the field after warmups before the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett has reportedly been suspended for one game ahead of Week 7's matchup with the Jets on Monday Night Football.

Bennett was not spotted at practice Tuesday after being suspended by the Patriots for conduct detrimental, as first reported by NFL Network's Michael Giardi and Ian Rapoport

The 11-year veteran reportedly was not happy with his role on the team and was not spotted at practice Tuesday.

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New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) avoids a tackle by Detroit Lions defensive back Danny Gorrer (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) avoids a tackle by Detroit Lions defensive back Danny Gorrer (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jace Amaro gets another chance at professional football, but the former Jets tight end does so outside of the NFL.

Most recently with Gang Green before the 2016 season, the two-year pass catcher headlined several players with ties to New York's teams -- the Jets and Giants -- taken Tuesday in the 2020 XFL draft.

The Jets' second-round pick at No. 49 overall in the 2014 NFL draft was the Seattle Dragons' fourth-round selection, highlighting the XFL draft's first day of skill-player selections.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Not only did Jets quarterback Sam Darnold have mononucleosis -- New York's second-year starter also had strep throat.

Darnold told Albert Breer of The MMQB early Sunday evening that the past month away from the field was more than just the mono diagnosis.

For "four or five days" during the bout with mono, the 22-year-old Darnold had to additionally fight off strep, which compounded his furious recovery process.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) 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 offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets G Kelechi Osemele will have surgery to repair his injured shoulder, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Osemele missed Week 5 and Week 6 due to the shoulder and a knee injury.

While this will hurt the Jets' depth, the team was considering the potential of replacing Osemele with Alex Lewis before the injury issues began, according to Vacchiano.

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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. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Sunday that the Jets are expecting him to miss two games.

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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
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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Bart Scott apologizes to Gase 00:00:55
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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Jamison Crowder 1on1 00:01:43
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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Robby Anderson 1on1 00:01:27
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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Jamal Adams talks Jets win 00:00:48
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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Darnold happy to get 1st win 00:01:27
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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Thomas on his tough upbringing 00:02:28
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

NETWORK: CBS

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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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