EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Jets weren’t ready for the Bills last week nor were they ready for the 49ers today. At this point one has to wonder if they’ll be ready before the season is over. They certainly look ready for the season to be over though.
Mekhi Becton and Quinnen Williams played great today, everyone else was some shade of stink. More injuries added to the list, but that’s no excuse because the 49ers had even more injuries and they kept on rolling. They rolled all the way to an easy 31-13 win. Sure, it helped that the 49ers got to play the Jets but regardless Kyle Shanahan had his junior varsity squad ready to embarrass the Jets.
The embarrassment begin on the first play of the game. Raheem Mostert took a handoff through a cavernous hole on the right side of the line. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree got smoked like a rack of ribs and Mostert cruised to an 80-yard touchdown. The Jets never recovered. They managed to hold off on being immediately blown out of the stadium, but a garbage time Sam Darnold to Braxton Berrios touchdown made it so they only lost by 18!!
Breshad Perriman left the game with an ankle injury. Chris Hogan briefly went out with an injury to his ribs, which left the Jets with Josh Malone and Berrios as the only healthy receivers. Hogan came back, but this is not a winning trio. Quincy Wilson (concussion), Connor McGovern (hamstring), and Arthur Maulet (groin) all left the game as well. The 49ers lost Nick Bosa, Mostert and their starting quarterback and yet they didn’t skip a beat.
Shanahan put Gregg Williams in a blender. Adam Gase continued to lead an uninspired offense and it’s legitimately difficult to imagine a way that this roster can get it turned around with this coaching staff. The roster is bad, truly awful but the coaching staff isn’t doing a single thing to make it better.
Darnold avoided making terrible plays, but 21-32 for 179 yards and one garbage time touchdown is not going to get it done. The big disappointment on offense today was Chris Herndon. Herndon hasn’t been anything like the weapon the Jets need to be and he dropped what should’ve been a touchdown on a really tough throw from Darnold.
Becton was the lone bright spot on offense, pancaking and steamrolling his way through 49er defenders. One defense it was Quinnen Williams and Quinnen Williams only. Seven total tackles, four solo, two of them sacks. He was very active and disruptive on the day, but it felt like he was out there by himself.
The Jets travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts next week and it feels impossible to imagine a scenario where the Jets could turn things around in time to just be competitive. Christopher Johnson made sure to go on record after Week One, calling Gase a “brilliant offensive mind,” but how many more games like this can Gase really withstand?
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