Well it's my first post on here so I'll start with it's great to be around more people who get to feel the utter disappointment I do year in and year out (live in OH with no Jets fans in sight for obvious reason). I am optimistic about our future though so I always gotta stay positive no matter how many time I'm let down lol.
So my question for you guys is: What are some players/things who/that have surprised you so far this season? Exceeded expectations? Have let you down so far?
I'll start with a few of mine.
Darren Lee - Finally breaking out of his (bust) status and playing like the backer I saw at OSU. Not just in the DET game but even in the CLE game (I went sadly) I saw him in or putting pressure on the the qb on a lot plays. Very excited to see how he can continue to progress and hopefully grow into an Elite MLB in this league.
Quincy - All Jets fans who watched before the injury saw the potential he had, even with a poor (at the time) qb throwing him the ball. Great to see him bounce back and be a nice safety net for Darnold.
Special teams - When's the last time I could say this?!? They actually look pretty good aside from when Roberts is doing his best Kerley impression with all the fair catches (understandably).
Pass Rush - These guys look a lot better than any expected I believe. Still need to look for a true edge rusher in the draft or FA but I think they've been playing with a chip on their shoulder and look a lot better than expected.
Darnold - Last but not least, I see a lot of people in toxic towards him, but I think he's looked pretty good for a 21 year old rookie with two seasons of college experience under his belt. The Lions game looked damn near perfect aside from the first throw when the youngest qb in NFL history is getting his nerves out of the way. The dolphins game is one that really impressed me. He was slinging the ball when Bates let him actually throw downfield. His first INT was just a rookie qb getting baited. His second was on Pryor (as he came forward and said), nonetheless could have been a better throw but Pryor and him have to be on the same page in the redzone. Other than those and the clock management issue before half he looked great. Being at that Cleveland game and being able to see the routes the receivers were running (when they didn't run the ball or throw a bubble screen) were not open. The receivers excluding quincy need to do a better job of getting open and beating 1on1 coverage. Obv he didn't look great in the game whatsoever but when you have a DLine that is getting pressure almost instantly, and a OC who doesn't want to throw past the LOS it's hard for any QB to showcase what they can do. He could've ultimately done better in all of these games but we knew what we were getting in a rookie qb as young as this with a team around him that's not too talented.
Leo - Not much to say, hasn't lived up to the hype of where he was selected, regardless if he's getting doubled he needs to find ways to make some sort of impact.
Robby - Besides that streak against DET what type of positive impact has he made? He's fumbled more than scored and doesn't even have 100 yards through almost a quarter of the year. Had very high expectations he would be a key factor in helping out Darnold and give this offense some sort of explosive weapon, but so far he hasn't looked it one bit.
COACHING - This one is by far the biggest. Whether you start with the penalties, game management, limiting an offense, not adjusting, and the list goes on. I really wanted Bowles to do well, and I supported him up until now. He needs to go. They need to bring in an offensive minded HC who will truly progress and not ruin our Blue Chip QB. We haven't had a good offensive minded qb in ages, and it's forsure shown with how our O looks year in and year out.
Sorry for dragging it on so long but I can't really talk about the Jets with a bunch of Cincy fans and expect them to understand. Let me know your thoughts!