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  1. It’s one thing to be optimistic and encouraging. It’s another to be delusional and in denial. That’s where the Jets coaching staff is at when it comes to defensive end Leonard Williams. Through New York’s first four games, Williams has contributed essentially nothing and the Jets have suffered in the trenches as a result. With little to no penetration coming from the player that is supposed to be the team’s best defensive lineman, New York’s pass rush has been lacking and running backs have been able to get to the second level with relative ease.All of Williams’ shortcomings are evident on film and in the box scores. It’s easy to see that he is simply not doing enough to make plays, but the Jets coaching staff refuses to admit that. “I think Leonard is doing a good job,” Adam Gase said. “For me, it’s what we’re asking him to do. He’s pushing the pocket. He gets double-teamed almost every snap it feels like. Every time I watch him, he’s got four hands on him.”Double teams are tough to deal with, but the best defensive linemen have no issue shrugging them off. However, instead of acknowledging that Williams is failing, Gase is chalking up his struggles to double teams and trying to reason that he’s doing exactly what the Jets are asking of him. “What Aaron Donald gets asked to do and what [Williams] gets asked to do, it’s different,” Gase said. “It’s scheme. It’s playstyle a little bit too.” Is New York’s defensive gameplan to get manhandled by opposing offensive linemen on a weekly basis? If so, Williams is accomplishing a lot for the Jets. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said that Big Cat is grading well and doing the dirty work that doesn’t show up in the box score, but let’s face it. The only thing “unbelievable” about Leonard Williams’ play so far this season is how bad it has been.Defensive line coach Andre Carter said earlier this season that he is “proud” of how Williams has been performing and his ability to disrupt plays. How in the world can the coach who watches Williams work up close and personal every single day be proud, let alone satisfied, of the USC product given his production? It’s understandable that the Jets coaching staff doesn’t want to throw Williams under the bus. It isn’t exactly good business to face the media and trash an underperforming player. However, if this really is how New York’s coaching staff feels about Williams’ play so far this season, a reality check is in order. There’s no way any member of the Jets organization can justify Williams’ lack of production. It is simply unacceptable for a player who was a former Pro Bowler and first-round pick.If Williams keeps playing as poorly as he has through New York’s first four games, the coaching staff is going to have to wake up and smell the coffee. Their job is to put the team in the best position to win, not hold a player’s hand until he figures it out. Frankly, it doesn’t look like Williams is going to figure anything out anytime soon. He hasn’t been the same player since 2016 and the new coaching staff hasn’t been able to get him back on track. They can defend him all they want, but at the end of the day, it’s becoming blatant that New York’s coaching staff is in denial about the kind of player Williams is now. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/10/12/new-york-jets-coaching-staff-adam-gase-gregg-williams-andre-carter-leonard-williams/
  2. Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer Jets DC Gregg Williams noted that MLB C.J. Mosley, despite his injury, has continued to lead the players-only defensive meeting that occurs every Friday at 1:10. It happens in the team's virtual-reality room, where Williams said they "play the game on the big screen" using cut-ups of the opponents' plays. Mosley told me at the start of the season that he never did that in Baltimore, that he welcomes the expanded leadership role. > https://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets
  3. Professional athletes are full of one-day-at-a-time cliches. To some degree, that mindset is necessary to be among the world’s best at a given skill. It can also be a convenient crutch. Count Jets’ new starting left guard Alex Lewis among the crop that actually lives it. That’ll happen when you spend 28 days in Boulder Jail. “It taught me so much I can’t even express it in words to guys," Lewis said. "It’s just something you go through and you’re going to learn on your own. Either you’re going to step up to the adversity or you’re going to fold. "I’m not going to quit.” In May 2013, Lewis decided to transfer from Colorado to Nebraska to finish out his college football career. Within a week, he was arrested in Boulder, Colorado for second-degree assault after a late-night fight. He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 45 days; he wound up serving 28, thanks to good behavior.But between the arrest and sentencing, Lewis made the move to Nebraska. It wasn’t until March 2014 that he finally learned his fate – and had to briefly walk away from football to serve his time.Lewis walked into Boulder Jail at 300 pounds. Four weeks later, he left at just 272.Going from 6,000 to 1,500 calories per day will do that. Then, Lewis had to bounce back. He resumed life as a college athlete with eyes on a professional career. So, no, losing a game or the starting role he once had with the Ravens isn’t likely to shake his worldview. It’s already been set in stone by those four weeks - and the months of legal proceedings and real-world headaches that led up to them.“I’m in there trying to get money in my books from my family so I can try to get commissary – get those extra ramen noodles and Doritos, whatever the hell it was, just to try to maintain weight," Lewis said. "I’m making that trade to get that extra biscuit off someone’s tray, whatever it was. Physically it’s draining, but there’s nothing you can do about it other than to control your attitude.”That’s what Lewis is trying to bring to the table in his new role with the 0-4 Jets and their shoddy offensive line – a healthy, relentlessly upbeat attitude. “I think attitude is the biggest thing we have to be able to control right now,” Lewis said. “We have to be on an even plan. Ryan Kalil talked about it (during a players-only meeting Monday) – we have to be even across the board, we can’t ride the roller coaster. We can’t be too high on the highs, can’t be too low on the lows.” Kalil isn’t the first longtime NFL vet Lewis has heard echo that mantra, either; Ravens offensive lineman Marshal Yanda spent years doing it, too.Lewis was drafted to play alongside Yanda in the fourth round in 2016 and quickly worked his way into Baltimore’s starting lineup; he played 10 games and started eight as a rookie. But he missed the final six weeks of that season due to an ankle injury – then had his 2017 erased by a shoulder issue.2018 wasn’t much kinder to Lewis. He finally got back on the field, but managed just 10 games – again because of injury. The lone bright side was that a neck injury that was initially feared to be serious turned out to be relatively minor.Still, that all of that physical turmoil put an end to Lewis’ time with the Ravens. This August, they decided to cut bait, dealing him to the Jets for a conditional seventh-round pick. In other words: He was traded for almost nothing. Given his last six years, Lewis was unfazed. “You start looking forward, a week, two weeks down the road, mentally you’re just going to drain yourself out,” Lewis said. Instead, he dedicated himself to absorbing head coach Adam Gase’s system as quickly as possible and putting his head down, hellbent on creating an opportunity for himself down the road.That chance came last Sunday, when Kelechi Osemele was too banged up to play against the Eagles.On the whole, the Jets’ offensive line was catastrophic – but Lewis was a bright light among the misery. He received an 82.0 grade from analytics site ProFootballFocus.com, including an 88.2 pass-blocking mark, despite the 10 sacks his unit allowed.It was the best grade given to any Jets offensive lineman during a game this season – by nearly 12 points.Lewis will almost certainly start again this Sunday against the Cowboys; Osemele remains out of practice due to shoulder and knee injuries. But neither issue is considered serious. Osemele is expected to return eventually.When he does, the 30-year-old former All-Pro will no doubt want his job back. Lewis, as you’d expect, isn’t worried about the competition.“The only focus I have right now is what I can do in the moment I have and take full advantage of it,” Lewis said.That single-mindedness has worked the past five years, since the day he left Boulder Jail. It worked last Sunday, too. Why change now? “The light is starting to shine,” Lewis said. > https://www.nj.com/jets/2019/10/the-light-is-starting-to-shine-how-28-days-in-jail-molded-jets-alex-lewis-for-his-new-starting-role.html
  4. Death is the last thing anyone wants to think about, but with Sam Darnold and his spleen returning to play behind a struggling offensive line, it’s hard not to fear for the quarterback.Darnold has dealt with mononucleosis over the last month and an enlarged spleen comes with that illness. The enlarged spleen was the biggest hurdle that Darnold had to overcome before playing again. While Darnold has been medically cleared to play this Sunday against the Cowboys, he still doesn’t want him to get hit in that area. Given the way the line has played lately, though — it allowed 10 sacks against the Eagles last weekend — odds are Darnold is going to get roughed up. But Adam Gase doesn’t seem too concerned with Darnold’s health. “Yeah, he should be good, we should not have him dying on the field,” the head coach said Thursday. “We need to do a better job protecting the quarterback and we need to get the ball out on time, we need to run the right routes, it’s got to be the right play call.”Darnold will wear extra protective padding for his spleen on Sunday, just in case anything were to go wrong. But the hope is the offensive line will be extra motivated that Darnold is back and will step up its play.There are still some people who think Darnold is being rushed back too soon. However, mono typically lasts two to four weeks and Darnold has been out with it for about four weeks. At the end of the day, Darnold has trust in the Jets doctors and knows they wouldn’t put him out there if they knew it was unsafe. “When I do get hit, I know I’m not in danger anymore,” Darnold said. “They’re letting me go out there and play because it’s safe, so I’m not worried about that.” > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/10/11/adam-gase-would-prefer-jets-o-line-keeps-sam-darnold-from-dying/
  5. The New York Jets are on the verge of their season imploding in 2019. Here’s why Adam Gase took full blame and how they can turn the season around. In the first quarter of the season, the New York Jets have gone winless (0-4). The defense has given up 101 points so far this season. While the offense is second-worst in the league (only behind the inept Miami Dolphins). But who is to blame for everything that has gone wrong ? Jets head coach Adam Gase pointed at himself following the team’s Week 5 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. “That’s on me. I told those guys in there that I’ll get it fixed. It’s on me, nobody else. That’s what we’re going to do. – via Rich Cimini, ESPN. Every New York Jets fan on planet Earth has also pointed their fat fingers at Gase as the main culprit for the team’s struggles.While certainly, his play calling is much to be desired (the first series of the game called two runs and threw a pass on a predictable third down), he isn’t solely to blame.His starting quarterback Sam Darnold was expected to return vs the Eagles, received the majority of the first-team reps, then surprisingly was ruled out on Thursday night. Gase’s second-string quarterback who has familiarity with his system, Trevor Siemian, broke his ankle in Week 2.Plus sprinkle in a laundry list of other injuries across the team. Slap all that together and you have a wonderful recipe for a suck sandwich. Despite not being solely to blame for the 0-4 start, it was smart of Gase to take it on the chin anyway. Things are getting testy. Jamal Adams loves winning and his defense has played well enough for the team to win. While the offense simply has been outperformed.When you have a relationship where one side isn’t doing their fair share, it’s only natural to start playing the blame game. If that starts to happen the Jets could have a toxic locker room split on their hands, so for Gase to recognize that a step ahead and take the brunt of the blame shows Adam is learning from his past mistakes. In his previous stint with the Miami Dolphins, there was a lot of reported locker room fractures and beef between Gase and his best players.By taking ownership Adam removes the finger-pointing and takes accountability which will trickle down through to the players. But the next step for Adam is to follow up on his words, he needs to get this offense fixed sooner rather than later if the team hopes to turn it around. Darnold is expected back this week and tight end Chris Herndon has returned from his four-game suspension. Both of those additions should help the cause for the green and white. > https://thejetpress.com/2019/10/07/new-york-jets-hc-adam-gase-takes-full-blame-0-4-start/
  6. With the Jets sitting at 0-4 and reaching a breaking point in their season, there’s a chance that general manager Joe Douglas looks to move some pieces in order to acquire assets for the future. One piece who would certainly be up for grabs is defensive end Leonard Williams. The fifth-year pro out of USC is in a contract year and, at only 25, has plenty of gas left in the tank. For a team seeking help on the defensive line, Williams could stand out as a potential option on the trade market. Just don’t count on a team to part with any significant assets given the way Williams has played lately. Williams has been a non-factor for New York through the team’s first four games. He only has 11 tackles and three quarterback hits, which is astounding for a player who has flashed as a dominant defensive lineman when he’s on his A-game. To make matters worse, Williams has yet to record a single sack or tackle for loss — the areas where linemen make their money.When the Jets have needed him the most, Williams has faded into the background. He contributed almost nothing in New York’s first two losses of the season and was invisible against the Patriots in Week 3 until he picked up a 15-yard personal foul penalty late in the game. Even the return of Quinnen Williams against the Eagles this past weekend wasn’t enough to help the former first-round pick get back on track. With each no-show performance that he turns in, Williams’ trade value takes a steep dive. It’s hard to see the Jets getting anything for him at this point, as other linemen who actually produce will be available for the taking once the trade deadline rolls around.Once a player with loads of potential, Williams has not been the same since his 2016 Pro Bowl season. He recorded a career-low 47 tackles in 2017 and has not been able to get back to his old self. It remains to be seen if a turnaround is in the cards for Williams. Even if one is in store, odds are it won’t come with the Jets. Don’t count on Williams’ departure from the Big Apple coming via trade, though. There’s a slim to none chance Douglas will be able to move him for worthwhile compensation with his value at an all-time low. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/10/09/new-york-jets-de-defensive-end-leonard-williams-trade-value-joe-douglas/
  7. Remember when Ty Montgomery was a prominent piece of Adam Gase’s offensive gameplan? Better yet, remember Ty Montgomery? With Le’Veon Bell sitting out, Montgomery started three of New York’s four preseason games and made enough of an impact to make it a foregone conclusion that he would see the field a decent amount in the regular season. Bell was always going to be the workhorse out of the backfield, but Montgomery showed enough throughout the summer to cement a role in Gang Green’s offense. Or so everyone thought. Since the regular season kicked off, Montgomery has barely seen the field, taking 45 snaps through four games. He has carried the ball no more than three times in a game and played only five snaps against the Bills in Week 1. Montgomery ran for 25 yards and 8.3 yards per carry against the Browns in Week 2, but even that was not enough to convince the Jets to give him a larger workload. He has taken only four carries in New York’s past two games, rushing for one yard in each game.Why has Montgomery been shunned to the sideline? Nobody really knows. Gase summed up his decision to play Montgomery only five snaps in New York’s season opener as one he made simply because he could as the head coach, providing no insight into why a player who was so productive in the preseason was wasting away on the bench. It’s understandable that the Jets want Bell to be a focal point of their offense. They didn’t give him $52.5 million to share carries or only play on certain downs. However, there’s something to be said about New York’s puzzling decision to stick almost exclusively with Bell instead of occasionally giving Montgomery the chance to make plays.For whatever reason, it looks like Montgomery is in Gase’s dog house. There’s really no other reason to explain why he’s not playing. You’d think Montgomery would see more snaps in an effort to jumpstart New York’s sputtering offense, but that has not happened. As a supposed offensive mastermind, it’d benefit the Jets if Gase experimented with having Bell and Montgomery on the field at the same time, but that has yet to happen either. Montgomery is being wasted on the bench — there’s no other way to put it. It remains to be seen if Gase will change his mind and give Montgomery the role he deserves, but either way, there’s no excusing the way he’s been utilized so far this season. > https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/10/10/new-york-jets-ty-montgomery-leveon-bell-adam-gase/
  8. . -- The stakes got higher this week for the New York Jets' maligned offensive line. Quarterback Sam Darnold returns to the lineup, which means the five guys up front are charged with protecting the franchise's most precious commodity. Every sack -- heck, every quarterback hit -- should serve notice to general manager Joe Douglas that his No. 1 priority in the offseason needs to be the line. Darnold's future (and his present) depend on it. "They're retarding his growth," a longtime personnel executive said this week. "You just hope it's not a sign of things to come." If Douglas needs a blueprint for the rebuild, all he has to do is study this week's opponent, the Dallas Cowboys (3-2). Unlike the Jets, who have refused to invest significant draft capital in the position, the Cowboys have poured major resources (picks and money) into their line. Fewest O-Line Draft Picks Here are fewest offensive line draft picks taken in the first three rounds from 2010-2019: Team R1 R2 R3 Total Source: Pro Football Reference Jets 0 1 2 3 Bucs 0 2 1 3 Cardinals 2 0 1 3 Ravens 1 1 2 4 Giants 2 2 0 4 Eagles 3 0 1 4 Panthers 0 3 1 4 Packers 2 2 0 4 They used first-round picks on left tackle Tyron Smith (2011), center Travis Frederick (2013) and right guard Zack Martin (2014). They selected left guard Connor Williams in the second round (2018) and signed right tackle La'el Collins as an undrafted free agent (2015) after he slid because of character concerns.The Cowboys' homegrown starting five have combined for 15 Pro Bowls and six All-Pro (first team) selections, forming the foundation of the team's recent success. The Jets? When they go into the draft, they treat college linemen as if they're B-list wedding guests. Since 2010, they have picked only three linemen in the first three rounds, tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals for the fewest, according to Pro Football Reference.Take a harder look and you will see the Jets' neglect runs deeper than that of the Bucs and Cards. The Cards used two of the picks in the first round, the Bucs two in the second. The Jets have no first-rounders, one second-rounder (Vlad Ducasse, 2010) and two third-rounders (Brian Winters, 2013, and Chuma Edoga, 2019). The last time the Jets spent a first-round pick on a lineman was 2006, when they drafted left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold -- a double-barrel move that was a catalyst for the playoff runs in 2009 and 2010. The Jets (0-4) have to get back to that O-line mentality. They have to do it for Darnold, who never will reach his potential if they Andrew-Luck him. "When you look at the personnel of the best offensive lines, they've invested in a lot of top picks," the executive said. "Every once in a while you get lucky and find a college free agent, but if you want to do it and do it right, you have to invest with picks."On the day he was hired, Douglas explained his philosophy, saying he believes winning teams are built from the inside out -- i.e. in the trenches. He also expressed a sense of urgency to get it done while Darnold is on his rookie contract, which runs through 2021. It means he needs to get to work, quickly, but don't expect an overnight fix. This will take years.Not one of the Jets' starting five is guaranteed to be back in 2020. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum, center Ryan Kalil and right tackle Brandon Shell (benched on Sunday) will be unrestricted free agents, and injured left guard Kelechi Osemele ($11.7 million) could be a cap casualty. Winters has the best chance to stick, along with Edoga (replaced Shell) and versatile backup Jonotthan Harrison. "Overall, we just haven't played very well," coach Adam Gase said of the line, which has allowed 23 sacks. "There's just no way around it. We just haven't played very good as an offense in general."It's never a good thing when the coach still is tinkering with lineup combinations after four games. The early word is that it will be the same five as last week, with Alex Lewis at left guard and Edoga and right tackle. "You'd like to be able to say, 'These are our five and here we go,' but we're trying to figure that out," Gase said. The good news for the Jets is the draft figures to include a handful of highly-ranked offensive tackles. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. rates Tristan Wirfs (Iowa), Andrew Thomas (Georgia) and Alex Leatherwood (Alabama) as potential top-20 picks. A peek at free agency shows Brandon Scherff, Anthony Castonzo and Andrus Peat as top names who could hit the market.Good players are always available, but it takes a shrewd talent evaluator to find them. The successful teams know how to marry talent and system, but it takes continuity to achieve that -- something the Jets have lacked. They're on the fifth offensive line coach since 2012, and current coach Frank Pollack can't feel too secure with the way things have unraveled. From 2008 to 2011, they had one of the best in the business in Bill Callahan. That, veteran NFL observers say, is the key -- find a blue-chip coach who can teach and develop talent. Before Callahan, they had Doug Marrone and Bill Muir, both well-respected line coaches. Is it a coincidence they always had top-notch line play in that era? Of course not.Ironically, Pollack was the Cowboys' line coach from 2015 to 2017, so he knows what it's supposed to look like. The Cowboys moved on from Pollack when their pass protection crumbled, a theme that sounds familiar.Ultimately, it's up to Douglas -- a former college lineman -- to rebuild the talent base and create a pipeline. You can't overcome a decade of neglect in one offseason, but he needs a big start. "I hope Joe Douglas is pretty good and understands the blueprint," the personnel executive said. "If not, they'll continue to stay in the abyss." Most O-Line Draft Picks Here are most offensive line draft picks taken in the first three rounds from 2010-2019: Team R1 R2 R3 Total Source: Pro Football Reference > https://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/81160/for-sam-darnolds-sake-jets-must-rebuild-o-line-the-dallas-way Colts 3 3 2 8 Raiders 1 2 5 8 Dolphins 3 1 4 8 Seahawks 3 2 2 7 Texans 1 3 3 7 Lions 4 1 2 7 Broncos 1 4 2 7
  9. Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer Jets RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't had much to get excited about, but that changes this week. QB Sam Darnold is back, and Bell is fired up: "Him getting back in the huddle and him just calling plays in practice, just hearing his voice and getting that normal cadence that everybody's normally used to hearing, it's like, ‘Oh yeah, Sam's back. We ready.' Ain't nobody more excited than me, not the coaches, not the fans, nobody. I'm ready for him to be back." Question is, will the O-line be ready ? > https://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets
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