Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the New York Jets made playing offense look very difficult against their most recent opponent. In this case, it was against the Cleveland Browns and their admittedly very good defense.
But the quality of the Cleveland defense alone doesn’t explain the pitiful performance that the Jets offensive line put together on Thursday, which can be aptly described as “offensive.”
At the half, Myles Garrett has an average pass rush get-off time of 0.56 seconds, 2nd-quickest in a game by a pass rusher this season (min. 10 pass rushes).— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 29, 2023
Browns Defense: 1.76-second average time to pressure (fastest by a defense over last 2 seasons)#NYJvsCLE | #DawgPound
1.76 seconds. It takes me more than 1.76 seconds to write a sentence. It took the Browns 1.76 seconds to put pressure on New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian despite the Jets having 5 NFL offensive lineman whose sole jobs on passing plays are to prevent that from happening. That degree of defensive success was recorded as the single fastest time by a defense during the first half, and it didn’t seem to get much better in the second half, further highlighting just how bad this performance by the offensive line was.
At the end of the day, people can talk about the quarterback all they want, but almost no quarterback would succeed in this kind of situation... and to date no Jets quarterback has come close to doing so either. Maybe this kind of ineptitude will inspire the changes on the offensive line during the offseason that is needed for a change in the quality of their quarterbacks to emerge.