#Adam Gase has sense of urgency after Jets disgrace

#Adam Gase has sense of urgency after Jets disgrace

September 14, 2020 | 10:05pm | Updated September 14, 2020 | 10:05pm

There were the usual clichés offered up that can always be heard after a disappointing loss.

We made correctable mistakes. We committed self-inflicted errors. Execution, and not talent, was the problem.

There was also this: Talk of urgency after one loss, the realization of what can happen if fixes aren’t immediately made. That’s a rarity. They weren’t dismissing the loss as a result of rust or the lack of a preseason. The Jets know they can’t let this fester, can’t allow a performance like Sunday’s ugly 27-17 loss to the Bills be more than an anomaly.

The powerhouse 49ers, an angry team coming off a dismal loss in Week 1, a group that reached the Super Bowl last season, are coming to town. They won’t feel bad for the Jets. They will be looking to maul them much like the Bills did.

“I look at it as, we don’t have a choice,” coach Adam Gase said Monday on a conference call. “We have to get better, we have to improve, we have to make sure that we do a better job next week because we are playing another team that’s really good on offense and they are really good on defense and really good on special teams. So we cannot play like we did this last game. We have to correct a lot of things very quickly, we have to get a lot better really fast and we got to go put the work in.”

Last year, the Jets started 0-4 and 1-7 under Gase, and 0-2 is staring them right in the face, especially considering how poorly they played in all phases against the Bills. Gase made it sound unlikely Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) will be able to play, a hit for an offense that produced just 254 total yards against the Bills and is thin on playmakers. Inside linebacker Blake Cashman (groin) will almost certainly also be out, which won’t help a defense that was gashed for 404 yards and could have allowed 40-plus points if not for two Josh Allen turnovers and two Tyler Bass missed field goals.

Adam Gase
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“We have to get everything figured out now,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “Otherwise, it’s going to be loss after loss after loss. You’ve got to give yourself a chance here.”

In August, Jenkins, a Jet since 2016, said he was “tired of f—ing losing,” and was optimistic his teammates felt the same way. The Jets haven’t reached the playoffs since 2010 and haven’t had a winning season since 2015. But on Sunday, Jenkins didn’t see the fight and desire that he was hoping would be there every game. Instead, there were penalties — four gave the Bills third-down conversions — missed assignments and botched tackles on defense. There was a delay of game penalty coming out of a television timeout on the offense. They left “too many yards on the field,” quarterback Sam Darnold said.

“Everybody’s tired of losing, I’m tired of losing,” Jenkins said. “But right now, it’s just words. After Sunday, that didn’t show that we’re tired of losing. We went out there had guys jumping offside, guys dropping interceptions, guys missing plays. Right now, it’s word of mouth and we got to fix that.”

Both Gase and Darnold talked about the need for players to put in extra time studying the 49ers before practice on Wednesday, using Tuesday’s off day to get in precious preparation time.

“When we hit the field, we have to make sure that we are doing a good job of making sure that every day we are getting better,” Gase said. “We got to put the work in, we got to find a way to really speed up the process as far as our improvement.”

Otherwise, they may be looking at a repeat of Sunday’s performance.

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