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Know Your Enemy: Previewing the 2020 New York Jets

Fans of the Miami Dolphins are all too familiar with “Gang Green” What will the 2020 New York Jets have in store?

In the first installment of our Know Your Enemy series, we profiled the Buffalo Bills.

Now we take a look at a team on the fringes of decency, or free-fall depending on who you ask.

Head Coach: Adam Gase (30-34, 0-1)

2019 Record: 7-9 overall, 2-6 in AFC East

Key Arrivals:

WR Breshad Perriman

OG Greg Van Roten

C Connor McGovern

OT George Fant

CB Pierre Desir

QB David Fales

Key Departures:

WR Robby Anderson

OT Kelvin Beachum

OT Kelechi Osemele

CB Trumaine Johnson

Things Change…yet Stay the Same

The Jets were very active in free agency, adding several new faces mostly on offense.

A glimpse at the list above shows a near mirror image of replacements for those departing players.

Did they actually get better though?

The major addition was wide receiver Breshad Perriman who replaces Robby Anderson as their new deep threat.

 

Perriman joins New York after spending 2019 in Tampa Bay and signed a contract which could be worth up to 8M with incentives.

Anderson took a more lucrative deal (12M) in Carolina.

The Jets will be Perriman’s fourth team and the 26-year old will look to avoid the journeyman label in New York.

Perriman is the son of former Miami Hurricane great Brett Perriman, who has endured failing health in recent years.

Perriman is coming off his best season with career highs in receptions (36), yards (645), and touchdowns (6).

Anderson has been the more productive player so far in his career, it will be interesting if Perriman can take that leap this season.

Line Shuffling Continues

The Jets offense in 2019 was not good by any metric you choose.

31st in points per game (17.2).

31st in rushing yards per game (78.6)

32nd in yards per game (273.0).

29th in passing yards per game (194.4)

A lot of the problems start up front, and judging by the offseason transactions the Jets noticed that as well.

Sam Darnold made incremental progression between his rookie and sophomore campaigns.

The Jets are banking on continued growth from Darnold to improve the offensive production.

However he must receive better protection up front, the Jets ranked 29th in sacks allowed (52) and 27th in quarterback hits allowed (106) in 2019.

Adding Greg Van Roten and Connor McGovern to the interior offensive line may help, they both project as starters.

At tackle George Fant is also a likely candidate to start, he is raw in terms of refinement but has the athleticism to match up outside.

 

That athleticism should also help a stagnant running game as he can be a factor at the second level.

Fant can also get to the edge and with a patient runner like Le’Veon Bell the Jets can add some more diversity to their run looks.

Bell is looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2019 season, where he tied a career low with just three touchdowns.

A contract dispute cost Bell his 2018 campaign and he did not look the same last year despite playing in 15 games, his 3.2YPC were a career worst.

At age 28, Bell should still have some tread left and will need a bounce back season to help stabilize the Jets offense.

Despite the additions in free agency, the Jets are serious contenders to take an offensive tackle with the 11th overall pick.

Targets in play with pick 11 include tackles Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills, and Tristan Wirfs.

Questions Remain on Defense

The Jets have been known as more of a ground-and-pound, win with defense team over the last several years.

With an offense like theirs, that is one way to stay competitive.

Yet a closer look at the defensive side of the ball unveils some questions.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams did good work with an injury riddled group, especially up front.

New York ranked 7th overall in the NFL and second against the run, allowing just 86.9 yards per game and 3.34 yards per carry.

They did struggle generating any pass rush as they registered just 35 sacks last season.

The Jets were a middle of the pack defense in some aspects, ranking 16th in points allowed per game (22.4) and 17th in passing yards allowed per game (236.2).

Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins led the Jets with eight sacks, while All-Pro strong safety Jamal Adams added six of his own.

Adams is the catalyst of the defense, with a bold personality that sometimes causes friction.

His play helps cover up some of the deficiencies for the Jets at the cornerback spot, New York managed just 12 interceptions in 2019.

Linebacker Neville Hewitt led the team with just two interceptions as no other Jet had more than one.

If teams can figure out the Jets run defense and open things up down the field, their chances improve significantly.

Will Strong Finish Carry Over?

The Jets went 6-2 over their final eight games after a 1-7 start, finishing with two impressive defensive wins against Pittsburgh (16-10) and Buffalo (13-6).

While those wins showed their formula can succeed temporarily, winning two games while scoring a total of 29 points cannot be sustained long term.

For the Jets to take the next step into playoff contention in what is now a wide open AFC East, they must improve mightily on offense.

It remains to be seen if Adam Gase is a viable head coach to lead them, and if Darnold is the answer at quarterback.

They trended up in the second half of 2019 and have a playoff caliber defense already.

Time will tell if they have enough pieces to contend for a spot in the 2020 NFL postseason.

 

Adam Gase’s burner account is nothing short of extraordinary

Adam Gase, or someone close to him, has been defending the Jets on Twitter.

This certainly goes under the category of something you don’t hear about every day. New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has been in the media recently. In the latest installment of the Adam Gase extravaganza, a report came out Wednesday that he has never cared about the criticism of the fans. His go-to motto is “I’m rich as f—k.

Now, there is speculation that he has his own Twitter burner account. In what has been circulating around the Internet, the burner account is under the username of @Wyattv18. Gase has a son named Wyatt, who is seven. It is not likely that those are his tweets, but with modern technology anything is possible. I’m willing to bet it is Gase himself or at least someone involved with the organization. This all seems like too elaborate a scheme for any fan to conjure up.

If you look at some of the tweets that have been screenshotted, whoever this is has been vehemently defending Gase from the beginning. The screenshot that we took only showed a retweet from the New York Jets main account. Since we got the picture, the account has nothing on its profile. Apparently, whoever runs the account is finally come onto the fact that it has been discovered.

I am totally not shocked by this at all. This is such a New York Jets move. As the Jets sit at 6-9 and third place in the AFC East, I can’t blame anybody from the New York Jets for having a burner account. They certainly have a right to defend themselves from the criticism. Nevertheless, whoever created it certainly doesn’t realize that this is a bad look.

Such is a day in the Twitterverse. Hopefully, we’ll never have to see the day where Miami Dolphins burner accounts are created. We have already dealt with Adam Gase once. As this season has proved, it would be in the best interest of the Dolphins to never deal with him again

Coach Flores and players on the Miami Dolphins voice frustration following loss to Jets

In a game that meant little outside of draft position, Miami’s coach Brian Flores was fuming following Sunday’s 22-21 loss to the New York Jets.

Jets kicker Sam Ficken converted a game-winning field goal as time expired, but it was a play leading up to the kick that had Flores irate.

To make matters worst, the pass interference wasn’t called on the field, but was reviewed and reversed.

Flores didn’t want to answer questions about the call when speaking to the media. As we saw during the game, he was quite animated after discovering the no-call was reversed.

“It’s a tough call,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “We had guys step up. Pat Laird made some nice plays and Isaiah made some nice plays. Those are the things I try to focus on as the positives for us and the things we did well and maybe some of the things we could have done better. We obviously scratched and clawed our way back into that game and it would have been a nice one to win.”

Jason Sanders converted a franchise-record seven field goals in the loss. However, if Miami had found the end zone at least once, the call would’ve been a non-factor.

I think we’re all disappointed,” Fitzpatrick added. “We’re just disappointed in losing the football game. There’s a lot of emotions that go into that.”

Nik Needham finished with four tackles, two passes defended and was in coverage for the game-changing call.

“Honestly it’s trash,” Needham said of the call. “We lost on a call. It’s trash. I’m not going to lie.”

Despite low expectations, it is clear that the Dolphins were never trying to “tank” the season away.

“Any loss is tough to swallow,” Flores said.  “So, this is no different than any other loss. They’re all tough to swallow. Our guys played hard and I’m proud of the way they work. It’s a tough one.”

 

 

Fitzpatrick, Parker, Gesicki tank-proof as Dolphins stun Eagles

This seemed like the Dolphins’ ideal afternoon until the 2019 season mercifully ends.

Play hard. Play smart. Play close. Lose, while others among the NFL’s lowliest win — in this case, the Bengals and the Redskins.

Except for one thing.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki and Brian Flores didn’t oblige.

All four were outstanding in Miami’s come-from-behind 37-31 win against the sagging Philadelphia Eagles, part of the NFL’s worst division. The Dolphins, yes, the Dolphins, simply couldn’t stop scoring, with 23 unanswered in the second half. Without a running game, at least until tank commander Kallen Ballage left for Patrick Laird due to a leg injury, Fitzpatrick was nearly perfect in the second half, finishing 27 of 39 for  365 yards. Parker and Gesicki combined for 238 of those yards, manhandling their matchups, frequently high-pointing the ball, with Fitzpatrick completing 12 of 17 to them.

And the undrafted Laird, who should have been playing more the past few weeks, showed wiggle on the drive that put the Dolphins ahead late. They did this is front of a crowd that was roughly 70 percent Eagles fans, serenading them with “Fly Eagles Fly.”

And they did it with Flores flair, with the first year head coach taking every conceivable chance, a welcome change from most of his predecessors.

A deep completion to Parker for a touchdown on fourth down, and another fourth down conversion to Parker on the clinching drive.

One of the most creative trick plays you’ll ever see, as punter Matt Haack flipped to kicker Jason Sanders for a touchdown.

And so, now with the Jets, Giants and Bengals remaining on the schedule, the Dolphins could be headed for 6-10.

Think about that? 6-10! After the way this season started.

Maybe Tua will be available at No. 8.

Here’s the best from the account of our Josh @Houtz, serial videographer and Laird fanatic…..

 

Adam Gase is the Tanking Remedy

Former Dolphins Head coach, Adam Gase, got embarrassed by his former team this weekend. The so-called “Offensive Guru” has had a rough start since his tenure with the Jets began. He is undoubtedly on the hot seat after a 1-7 start with a team that had such high expectations after spending boatloads of money acquiring high profile talent this offseason. 

 

His genius offensive play call has the Jets ranking 32nd in almost every major offensive category. His ability to be a Quarterback whisperer has Sam Darnold looking fantastic with six touchdowns and nine interceptions in five games this season. The whole appeal to hiring Gase was this so-called revolutionary offense that would have defensive coordinators terrified. 

 

Adam Gase is a complete fraud of a head coach with one fluke playoff run led behind Jay Ajayi’s monster run during his first season as a head coach. The Jets are going through absolute chaos as the media and fans have both completely turned on Gase. After being dismantled By the tanking Dolphins chants of “Fire Gase” ensued as he walked into the tunnel of Hard Rock Stadium. 

 

 

 

The absolute best thing Gase did Sunday though was sitting on the bench alone early In the fourth quarter looking as If he was scheming up some mastermind plan. This all happening while his team was trying to make a crucial stop to get back into the game. He looked like a fan watching the game rather than being a head coach. 

 

 

His press conference afterward was also memorable. He declined to comment on whether he deserved to be fired from Miami, which 100% he did deserve. After the loss, Gase was asked about the embarrassment of losing to the dolphins and stated “It’s the NFL. You can’t be embarrassed by this s***”. Maybe Gase plan all along was to screw the dolphins out of that first overall pick in April’s draft and I can say without a doubt no one in Miami misses this fraud of a head coach Adam Gase. 

 

 

Many media outlets have been extremely critical of this Dolphins season for their tanking tactics. Steve Young last week on Monday night football stated that the Dolphins are “putting people’s health at risk.” This morning on “Get Up” Pat McAffe offered an apology to the dolphins and ripped Coach Gase further saying “you lost to a team that is actively trying to lose.” The national media will continue to Scrutinize the Dolphins but they have gradually improved every week unlike our friend Adam Gase who continues to decline every week, losing to teams who “put players at risk.” 

Tank That! Dolphins Beat Adam Gase’s Jets for 1st Win

MIAMI GARDENS — You could see this coming.

Really, you could.

You didn’t even Adam Gase’s fancy, darting eyes.

The reasoning was simple. On one side you had a team that was clearly improving under its first-year coach, Brian Flores, even though the Dolphins were trading or idling their better players. On the other side, you had Gase, and a Jets team that had already tired of him. So this was somewhat predictable. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a capable NFL quarterback when he has time, and he had time just enough times Sunday, in a 26-18 victory. Gase is a fraud, and his time with the Jets may soon come to an end, after signing a long-term contract this offseason.

Even some players were calling their shot:

It didn’t start well for the Dolphins:

But then Fitzpatrick and Preston Williams started to connect:

And the defense settled in a little, after letting Jets second-year quarterback Sam Darnold get comfortable early…

Fitzpatrick, who has been plagued by inconsistency since training camp, continued to find targets on the outside…

Hey, it’s DeVante Parker….

A Jets touchdown got taken off the board on a coach’s challenge, but they still made it closer by halftime after a couple of Dolphins’ mistakes…

If you were rooting for the Dolphins to win — which wasn’t all of you — then you feared the worst…

The Dolphins, however, had a little juice in the running game, at least when Kallen Ballage (2.0 yards per carry this season) isn’t getting the suspicious calls….

The Jets coach tried to use his wizardry…

Some of the Dolphins’ most criticized players showed up, though. That included a defensive back who has seemingly been torched since preseason…

And then the Jets went full Jets….

So the Dolphins and Jets are now both 1-7.

Flores, who has done increasingly solid work, has his first victory.

Miami won’t join the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns as the only winless teams in modern NFL history.

Williams, Parker and Mike Gesicki (95 receiving yards) continued to show promise, as did linebacker Raekwon McMillan.

Fitzpatrick (24 of 36, 295 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions) showed he may be worth keeping as a veteran backup next season, to whatever rookie the Dolphins draft.

That’s the good.

The bad?

The rookie may not be the one that fans wanted, not unless the Dolphins lose out, which won’t be easy with the Bengals and Jets still on the schedule.

The dream of Tua Tagliavailoa may be over.

Look for more content on the Dolphins here — and on Three Yards Per Carry.

Jets coach Adam Gase might out-tank the Dolphins

The Dolphins got only one thing wrong in their diabolical plan for the NFL’s greatest tank: They fired Adam Gase.

While I was the first local media member to suggest they dump the so-called quarterback whisperer — about halfway through the Dolphins’ 2018 season — I clearly didn’t account for what’s happened now. Gase, hired quickly by the rival New York Jets, is now commanding the only offense in the NFL that’s as anemic as the Dolphins’. He’s blaming everyone and everything but himself, as usual.

The media are all over him, and they’re not the softies he encountered down in South Florida, even if they also aren’t especially consistent.

Oh, and the Jets are also 0-3, using former Dolphins’ practice squaders Luke Falk and David Fales at the most critical position in sports.

Which means they could be in the running for the No. 1 overall, which could make Dolphins fans — who don’t particularly like the swarmy swami — feel very conflicted when the teams play twice this season.

The Jets do have a quarterback, Sam Darnold, though he does currently have a communicable disease. And Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler remain retired, for now.

Adam Gase and his brilliance has known no bounds…

There was also this: typical Adam Gase move… 2

 

Old friend Ray Lucas isn’t sold either.

 

Still, though you have faith in the Dolphins.

We polled this, and roughly 90 percent of you think Miami will still be worse than Gase’s guys.

Wait until the bubble screen on 4th and 23.

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Gase keeps failing forward fast

It’s been quite the soft, lucrative landing for failed quarterback whisperer Adam Gase.

The former Dolphins head coach, who created more excuses than first downs last season before his firing, snapped up a job with the New York Jets. Now he’s got a second one there, after the surprising, oddly timed firing of Mike Maccagnan.

Gase is now the interim GM.

 

While Maccagnan wasn’t popular with many Jets fans, you don’t often see the top executive of an NFL team jettisoned (sorry) after the draft.

Naturally, there are rumors of a rift and a power struggle, because Gase certainly does seem the type.

He hasn’t typically played well with others… and does not like strong personality in his players.

Maccagnan was bringing some in.

Gase has rejected those rumors.

Others aren’t so sure.

All in all, this seems a positive development for the Dolphins, considering the Jets are division rivals.

The Dolphins now seem to have a competent person in charge, one who will likely be accountable. Brian Flores has shown that in his early press conferences. He is confident, but his ego does not appear out of control.

The Jets have a guy who thinks he knows everything, and doesn’t — and now has another major responsibility he probably won’t handle well.

 

Photo by our Tony Capobianco.