The New York Jets were beaten by the Miami Dolphins, 26 - 18, on Sunday in the worst loss of a season littered with terrible losses. Another loss in which the offensive line was offensive. Another loss in which the Adam Gase offense was completely ineffectual. Another loss in a numbing routine in which this team has lost 16 of their last 18 games, worst in the NFL over that span.
The loss dropped the Jets’ record to 1-7 on the season. The season is lost, the Jets are lost, and the only remaining question is, are the Jets the worst team in the NFL? What do the power rankings say? Let’s find out.
31. JETS (1-7)
Last week’s ranking: 29
Week 9 result: Lost to Dolphins 26-18
Analysis: Launch this team into the sun.
Up next: vs. Giants
31. Jets (Last week: 25)
At the end of his press conference following the Jets’ 26-18 loss to the previously winless Dolphins, head coach Adam Gase was asked if this result validated the decision of the Dolphins to fire Gase last season. “I don’t know. I’m not going to answer that. That’s ridiculous,” Gase responded. Maybe, and maybe not. Through his career as a head coach, Gase has 24 wins and 25 losses by double digits. That’s due in part to the lack of talent Gase had had around him, but after 3 1/2 seasons as a head coach, a 24-32 record, and little offensive development to speak of wherever he’s been (which is a pronounced problem for an alleged offensive guru) it’s clear that the Jets need to be thinking of contingency plans. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was the Browns’ interim head coach last season after Hue Jackson’s firing; Williams might need to get ready for another stint.
31. New York Jets (1-7) ( Last Week’s Rank: 28)
And to think, the Jets actually are trying to win. One year removed from using the third overall selection in the NFL draft on QB Sam Darnold and months after making a big-splash move in free agency to add RB Le’Veon Bell, they just lost to a Dolphins team that has been accused of tanking.
31. New York Jets (1-7) (Last Week’s Rank: 29)
Scary trend: 0.81 points scored per drive
Not surprisingly, this is the worst in the NFL, by far. The last team to approach it was the 2011 St. Louis Rams, who finished at 0.89. The Jets face some of the lowest-ranked defensive teams over the second half of the season, but there’s no evidence they will make improvement. QB Sam Darnold is regressing, and so his offensive line.
What do you think? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?