It wasn’t as apparent as Sam Darnold throwing a landing cross or the Jets’ protection inflicting a turnover. It was rather more delicate than that, however very telling.
Maybe essentially the most promising takeaway from the Jets’ preseason opener in opposition to the Giants on Thursday night time at MetLife Stadium wasn’t the efficiency of anyone participant, however the easy truth the Jets are lastly all about soccer and attempting to win.
It sounds fundamental, nevertheless it’s one thing that has eluded this franchise in recent times. For the reason that Rex Ryan AFC Championship Recreation seasons, there have all the time been points hovering over the Jets as they headed right into a season. Whether or not it was a quarterback controversy; a quarterback getting punched within the face within the locker room; a coach on the recent seat; or attempting to “Suck for Sam,” the subplots appeared to finally undermine any progress.
There’s none of that this yr. There isn’t any quarterback controversy, no coach on the hot-seat, no cause for anyone to look over their shoulders. The circus has lastly left Florham Park.
Positive that could possibly be a rush to judgment. However regardless of a 31-22 loss to the Giants, the Jets would possibly lastly have achieved the soundness they so desperately have wanted. Their debut underneath new head coach Adam Gase supplied principally constructive indicators.
The Jets’ means to attain on their opening collection in opposition to the Giants’ first-team protection not solely showcased Darnold’s progress, but additionally Gase’s means to script a collection that may get his staff into the top zone.
Darnold, coming into his second season, was 4-of-5 for 68 yards on his solely collection of the sport, ending the seven-play, 75-yard drive with a 3-yard landing cross to Jamison Crowder.
“I believed it was large for us,” Crowder mentioned. “It was a great way to start out the preseason. We’ve put quite a lot of work in throughout coaching camp. Now we’ve a great basis to construct upon as we proceed coaching camp and the preseason video games.”
Forgotten was the efficiency of the Jets’ first-team protection, which pressured a three-and-out on the Giants’ first offensive collection. Eli Manning accomplished a cross for Three yards on first down earlier than Wayne Gallman managed simply 1 whole yard on two carries.
“The protection getting three-and-out was what we had been hoping for,” Gase mentioned. “I don’t wish to grind these guys. I simply needed them to listen to Gregg [Williams] name it and the communication. Via the remainder of the sport there was quite a lot of great things with the younger guys and quite a lot of stuff we’ve to enhance on.”
Gase seems to be comfy in his personal pores and skin. The job isn’t too massive for him. The wide-eyed have a look at his introductory press convention is definitely a quiet confidence that enables him to maneuver simply amongst his gamers and training employees. He’s relaxed and insightful with the media and seems completely adaptable to working with Williams, who’s answerable for the protection.
Williams is rather more of vocal persona from yelling at his gamers to partaking in dialog with followers attending camp. However Gase doesn’t look threatened and is blissful to focus solely on the offense. He figures to be way more artistic when Le’Veon Bell, who sat out Thursday’s recreation, is within the again area.
Crowder appears a stable acquisition, whereas tight finish Chris Herndon is having a great camp and receiver Robby Anderson is poised to have a giant yr.
“We now have so many nice weapons on our staff and our offense and coach Gase goes to make the most of them as solely he is aware of how,” Darnold mentioned.
Depth must be developed. The Jets’ protection gave up performs of 51, 39, 31 and 31 yards. Two of these massive performs went for touchdowns. Total, the Giants outgained the Jets in internet yardage 414 to 286.
“We now have a very good offensive employees and I do know our protection does as effectively,” Darnold mentioned. “I believe we’re going to study a ton.”
Lastly, all of it about soccer for the Jets.