The New York Jets are now 2-7 as they are coming off of a complete ass kicking by the Buffalo Bills 45-17. It didn’t take long for the dominoes to fall, as the Jets received the ball to open the game and proceeded to go 3 n out. They allowed Josh Allen to get good field position. The score in the first half would get to 17-3 and the Jets looked like they might be able to get into scoring position. Corey Davis caught a pass over the middle and was fighting for extra yards when he was stripped, causing the Jets to go into half time down 14. The Bills got the ball to start the 3rd quarter and scored on their first drive. Upon getting the ball back the Jets immediately threw an interception.
The defense struggled mightily for the 3rd game in a row as they have given up 106 points over the course of the last 3 weeks. This has caused the fans and media to start stirring and speculate that Joe Douglas and rookie Head Coach Robert Saleh are in the hot seat. Rex Ryan was asked Monday morning on ESPN radio what he thought about Coach Saleh. He was a bit fired up and had this to say.
“This guy is supposed to be a defensive guru,” Ryan said of Saleh. “I take it personal. Everything I heard was this guy is a lot like myself, but without the bad part. Some of the bad part you need, because this team doesn’t want to play with any damn heart. That’s the thing that’s disappointing to me.
“Don’t ever compare this guy to me, this Robert Saleh to me. … To me, I’m a little pissed off about it when I heard his background is a lot like yours. No, it isn’t. No, it isn’t.”https://twitter.com/DRonESPN/status/1460253370120343560?s=20
Although Rex Ryan had two very good years with the Jets, his roster was much better. The Jets are in full rebuild mode, they are the youngest team in the league, and they have a young, inexperienced coaching staff. Frankly it does not matter what happens this season. Next season just has to improve from year 1 and year 3 has to be an improvement from year 2. There has been no foundation to build off of so it is almost as if the Jets are like a brand new expansion team. Once Saleh and Zach Wilson are in their 3rd/ 4th year, and the team is not contending for the playoffs, then there is an issue and it will be back to the drawing board. Until then, both players and coaching staff are still learning and developing. This expectation of microwave results is way too high.
The Jets take on the also struggling Miami Dolphins this weekend and look to bounce back. The Jet fans do deserve a better product. But they also have to realize that if they ever want to be a Super Bowl contender, that it takes a handful of years to do it correctly. The Jets have 2 first round picks which will most likely both fall in the top 10, and an additional 7 more picks in the first 5 rounds. A 4 year project cannot be complete in one half of one season.