Hughes: Jets' Offense "Dreadful," Effort "Pathetic"

The Jets have scored one offensive touchdown in two games and mustered just three points in a loss to the Browns on MNF

Taz and the Moose
September 17, 2019 - 10:58 am
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After squandering a 16-0 lead in Week 1, the New York Jets were held without a touchdown in Week 2. 

The Jets lost, 23-3, at home to the Browns on Monday Night Football, as Le’Veon Bell had almost half (129) of the team’s 262 total yards.

“It was bad all around,” Jets reporter Connor Hughes said on Taz & The Moose. “The only thing you can kind of hang your hat on is the way that defense played. They brought it. I know they gave up the 89-yard touchdown to Odell, but you remove that, they made Baker Mayfield look pedestrian. They really held Odell in check for most of that game outside of that catch.”

The Jets trailed 16-3 late in the third quarter before Mayfield hit OBJ for a long touchdown. Until that point, it was a game. After that point, it wasn’t.

“You got to give Gregg Williams a lot of credit,” Hughes said. “Clearly he used his knowledge of Baker Mayfield to his advantage and was able to piece together a game-plan that made the quarterback – someone who many believed was on the fast track to superstardom – look pretty pedestrian.”

The Jets offense, meanwhile, was stuck in neutral for much of the night, as third-string quarterback Luke Falk finished 20-of-25 for 198 yards.

“That Jets offense was utterly dreadful,” Hughes said. “It was really just a pathetic effort from that group outside of Le’Veon Bell. That guy was a star. You can’t really criticize anything that he did Monday night. But when the Jets hired Adam Gase, this is a guy who was really supposed to be an offensive guru, an offensive mastermind. I know the Jets were without Sam Darnold. I know the Jets were then without Trevor Siemian for a good portion of that game. But you got to hope that your brilliant offensive genius of a coach can piece together a game-plan that at least can scheme you to some form of success.”

He didn’t. Outside of a 46-yard field goal late in the first half, the Jets mustered nothing offensively.

“It was just brutal,” Hughes said. “It was bad all around from the Jets, and they’ve got to be better than that. No one expected them to win that game, but they have to be better than what they’ve showed.”

The Jets face the Patriots on the road this Sunday before their Week 4 bye. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Hughes’ interview in its entirety.