Sunday’s game between the New York Jets was sixty minutes long only by technicality. For perspective, by the time the second quarter began, the Dolphins already had a 90% chance of winning.
Further hitting home on the blowout nature of the game, the Jets ended the first half with a net total of 4 total yards on offense. For those keeping track at home, that is 2 yards per quarter. Within that context, this reaction from quarterback Aaron Rodgers is more than justified.
One would think this kind of ineptitude would be foreign to a fan of NFL football. Not if you’re a Jets fan though as this kind of offense is pretty familiar. Indeed, the New York Jets have almost become an unwanted home for bad offenses in recent years, which makes it troubling that the offense under Robert Saleh have seen some of the worst performances in the franchise’s not-so-storied history.
Great callout by Costello here: “Three of the five lowest (offensive) yardage totals (#Jets history) have come under Robert Saleh.”— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) December 18, 2023
And this happened in this modern era—a time and place where all the NFL does is push offensive football to the hilt. That’s incredible. https://t.co/1TAxLPJiVf
Yepp, you read that right. Despite playing in an era that is as friendly to the offense as the sport has ever been, Robert Saleh’s units have managed to have 3 of the 5 lowest yardage totals in franchise history. Somehow, this abysmal performance ties for the 2nd worst yardage total under Saleh, with a yardage amount that nearly doubles a 2021 performance by a different version of the Robert Saleh coaches Jets. Honestly, I think my brain did me a favor and blacked the memory of that game out for me because I couldn’t tell you a single thing about it off the top of my head.
All of that begs a clear question. Do you think this is actually the worst Jets offensive era in history? For me, it’s definitely up there. The one saving grace for Saleh might be former head coach Adam Gase, whose offenses ranked 32 and 32 across the league in yards gained across his two-year tenure. Sans that though? Saleh’s rankings of 26 (2021), 25 (2022), and 32 (2023) over the last 3 years would be ripe for the crown. I guess sometimes it’s more important to be faster than the guy next to you than it is it to be fast. In Saleh’s case, at least he might beat Gase in a photo finish, so I guess there’s some glory to be had there.
Which was a worse era of offensive football for the New York Jets?
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The Gase Era
The Saleh Era