‘It is like a bad dream again’ – New York Daily News

‘It is like a bad dream again’ – New York Daily News

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before regarding a Jets loss.

Gang Green’s defense held its opponent, the Falcons, to 194 yards and one touchdown.

However, it wasn’t enough, and the Jets lost their fifth consecutive game after beginning the season 4-3.

“I have been on some teams where we weren’t as good, but we knew how to go out there and score points,” Jets running back Dalvin Cook said. “I think that’s what it comes down to, just finding the formula on how to get it done. We are still searching for it.

“We gotta get in the end zone, it is that simple.”

After they defeated the Eagles 20-14 on Oct. 15, the Jets looked like AFC contenders. However, they’ve looked like one of the worst teams in football since then.

The Jets struggled to beat the Giants 13-10 in overtime on Oct. 29 and they haven’t won a game since. A significant reason for that is their lack of offense.

From the moment Aaron Rodgers went down to an Achilles injury, the Jets offense mirrored the same team from a season ago. Gang Green relied on its defense to keep them in and win games.

That came back to haunt the Jets because late in the year, the team floundered, losing six straight to finish the 2022 season at 7-10. This year, it’s the same story offensively. It doesn’t matter if the Jets quarterback is Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle or Trevor Siemian, who replaced Boyle at quarterback with 13:06 left in the game against the Falcons. They have a difficult time scoring.

The Jets benched Wilson during their loss 32-6 loss against the Bills after nine weeks of mediocre play during what was then three-game losing streak. Boyle started the next two games against the Dolphins and Falcons with similar results. He completed 14-of-25 passes for 148 yards and an interception against the Falcons.

Siemian wasn’t any better, completing 5-of-13 passes for 66 yards and was sacked three times.

The Jets have only registered one touchdown during those two games: a Boyle garbage-time score to Garrett Wilson against the Dolphins in a game that was already decided.

It is like deja vu for the Jets after last season entirely snowballed.

“It is like a bad dream again,” Jets tight end Tyler Conklin said. “Today was a game, even with the struggles on offense, we felt like we had a chance to go out there and try to at least score a touchdown. To be on a five-game losing streak after what we went through last year, it is hard to put into words.

“It sucks. We have to find a way to get the hell out somehow and we have five more games to do so. It sounds like a broken record, but all you can do is worry about the next week.”

“I have been on some teams where we weren’t as good, but we knew how to go out there and score points,” Cook said. “I think that’s what it comes down to, just finding the formula on how to get it done. We are still searching for it.”

This season has become an unmitigated disaster for the Jets, and the coaching staff and the front office have no one to blame but themselves. They should have known this team wasn’t good enough to compete for a playoff spot the moment Rodgers was injured. But instead, they decided to stick with Wilson, a player they benched twice last season due to poor performance and for a lack of accountability.

Jets coach Robert Saleh said all the right things about Wilson during the offseason program and preseason, but he is still the same player he was last season, minus the frequent turnovers.

Boyle and Siemian, who was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 26 and elevated on Nov. 21, certainly aren’t the answers. Now, for the second consecutive year, the Jets are wasting a playoff-worthy defense that could’ve helped the team advance late into the postseason.

“I wouldn’t even say it’s hard because we have a really good defense,” Jets cornerback D.J. Reed said. “The one touchdown we gave up, I felt like that’s something that’s easily correctable and fixable. On our part on the back end, that should not have happened. I feel like if they don’t score, they don’t win.

“If they don’t score and kick that field goal, it would have been different.”

There’s no reason why the Jets should have lost to the Falcons. Gang Green held Atlanta to 13 points in an NFL that’s full of teams that can score 20 points on any given day. Well, everyone, apparently, but the Jets.

Now that they’re on a five-game losing streak, those playoff dreams have evaporated. The Jets were hoping for a return by Rodgers after he rejoined practice last week. He told reporters he would only return if the Jets were in the playoff hunt late in the season.

However, at 4-8, it looks like the Jets will be spending the 13th consecutive season watching the playoffs from home. Worse than that, it doesn’t seem like any of the players or the coaches have the answer on how to fix this.

“It is out of my control,” Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “I can’t do anything but have the right mindset and come to work and do what I have to do and play the right way on and off the field.

“When it’s time to work, I feel like every single year, this is the time, this is the push. But so far, that hasn’t been the issue for us. We just have to keep coming to work, and my job is to be a defensive captain and the captain for this team, and my mindset will never change no matter what the result is.”

“It can get annoying. We are human. We are going to be upset. We are going to be mad and you’re going to be mad at yourself and you’re going to wish you can take a play back. I really believe that I’m here as a New York Jet for a reason. I really believe we have the right people, and if you have enough of the right people doing the right things, that’s just going to trickle down through the whole facility, upstairs and downstairs.”

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