EAST RUTHERFORD — The New York Jets got a key player back on Sunday. They had a backup quarterback on the field that they specifically signed because he would give them a chance to win if he ever needed to play. And they faced an Arizona Cardinals team that continued to struggle.
But none of it mattered. The Jets weren’t good enough to stay in the game, even in their own building.
The Cardinals cruised past the Jets 30-10 at MetLife Stadium, as New York fell to 0-5, further turning up the pressure on embattled coach Adam Gase.
It’s the first time the Jets have gone winless in their first five games since 1996, when Rich Kotite was the coach. The Jets finished that season 1-15 and more than two decades later, the mere mention of Kotite continues to evoke anger from Jets fans.
This year’s team seems destined for a similar record and Gase for a similar place in Jets history: the Jets are 7-14 under Gase, with six losses by 20 points ore more. They’ve lost all of their games this season by at least two possessions.
“We’ve got to go back to work, we’ve got to learn from this film,” Gase said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to play a full 60 minutes. We need all three phases playing well together. It’s just like, one side’s playing well, the other side’s not.Then we finally started getting something going and then we fall apart on the other side. And we’re just not giving ourselves a chance to be there in the end.”
Starting quarterback Sam Darnold missed the game with a shoulder, but veteran quarterback Joe Flacco couldn’t do anything to spark the Jets offense, completing 18-of-35