It was another night of growth for the young New York Jets.

The New York Jets showed they still have a long way to go in losing big to the New England Patriots. Here are some brief initial thoughts:

  • Trumaine Johnson can’t cover anyone. Let’s get that straight. I don’t care about an interception on a deflection. This guy lets everyone just go right by him and it is pathetic.
  • Sam Darnold led the way in the rough night department. He looked like a deer caught in the headlights. He turned it over four times, and more than one had to do with him making terrible decisions. He can’t just float the ball up for grabs anywhere but especially in the red zone. Throwing off your back foot can never happen.
  • Much of the previous comes from coaching. Darnold didn’t look prepared for the game. The line wasn’t protecting well, but yet Gase didn’t come up with some short pass plays to get the ball out of his hands quickly. It’s the coach’s job to put his players in the best position to win, and he didn’t do that very well against New England.
  • Ryan Kalil and the rest of the line has been tough to watch. The communication along the offensive line was bad and the center is at the forefront of that process. Coaching takes part as does the quarterback as well, but Kalil has to take the lead with his line in putting the players into the correct protections. Jets fans got spoiled with Kevin Mawae and Nick Mangold. That didn’t go well on Monday night and it needs to get better quickly.
  • Thank goodness that Le’Veon Bell is on this football team. Even in the face of the very bad game on Monday night, Bell played quite well, making plays on the ground and through the air. Imagine where they would be without him.

Off to the game against Jacksonville next week.

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