New York Jets: A week of reflection for Gang Green

Le'Veon Bell, New York Jets (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
Le'Veon Bell, New York Jets (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) /
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A much needed week off for the New York Jets to help figure out their murky future.

The New York Jets were blessed with a bye week following another loss to the New England Patriots. The road loss exposed the team’s lack of direction since starting quarterback Sam Darnold’s been sidelined due to sickness.

The second-year quarterback had a fantastic preseason but has only played in one losing game. The Jets backups have been woeful at best and a far cry from the days of Josh McCown being a reliable reserve. Darnold could be back next week, but he’ll be immediately placed into a pressure situation.

The other big storyline following the bye week will be the overall effectiveness of Le’Veon Bell. Bell is the highly touted free-agent star from the Pittsburgh Steelers currently under contract for a wealthy amount and plenty of expectations. Bell has played well in the two home games but has yet to have a real superstar caliber performance. The lack of positive play from the quarterback position could be the cause of Bell’s

Jets head coach Adam Gase has been under fire after three weeks at the helm. The embattled coach hasn’t had the best start to his career in New York but is trying to remain optimistic about the team’s future. Gase shares his thoughts on the first few games via an interview from New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro.

"“Things don’t always happen right away,’’ said Gase. “I know in this society, everybody wants everything to be perfect right away, but it doesn’t always work out that way. We’ve got to get some continuity. We’ve had three different [quarterbacks] running the huddle the last three weeks and had a lot of receivers in and out.”"

"“So, we’ve got to be able to kind of get some continuity going together as a group of 11 and build from there. There’s no point in sitting here and beating each other up, pointing fingers. That’s not going to do anything. We’ve got to go back to work, and we’ve got to get things fixed.’’"

Next. Three takeaways from 30-14 road loss to New England. dark

As the team returns to action next weekend, they will not only be looking for their first win of the season but also their pride as a team.