The Jets have lost six of their first seven games, but now they must avoid suffering an even bigger indignity if they are unable to defeat the winless Dolphins on Sunday.
“As a team, 1-6, obviously not where we want to be,” GM Joe Douglas said Tuesday in Florham Park. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. Not just coaching, not just players, not just personnel, everybody. … We’re a team that got floored a little bit, got knocked to the canvas, and unfortunately hasn’t been able to pick themselves up. That’s part of the growing process as a team, as an organization, to be able to handle adversity.”
Douglas stressed his belief in first-year head coach Adam Gase “hasn’t changed,” but he insisted the team’s record has to be worn by the entire organization.
“The record speaks for itself right now, as far as where we’re at. It’s not where we want to be,” Gase added on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN Radio. “When you look at it from our perspective from the inside, this is a process, this is our first year in the program.
“These are the things that happen when you’re in your first year, when you’re trying to turn things around, when you’re trying to get things going in the right direction. That’s part of the process. People that get frustrated very quickly and expect immediate results, but that doesn’t always sustain.”
Jets CEO and acting owner Christopher Johnson was involved in a viral video over the weekend when he told a fan “hopefully the team will actually show up this week.”
“I didn’t see that until today … and I’m guessing that probably blew up,” Douglas said. “My take is he seemed like a person like a lot of people in this building, passionate and frustrated about where we are at 1-6. I can tell you that my feelings on Christopher have not changed one bit. Frankly, he deserves better than 1-6 and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure we’re not in this position again in the future.”
Douglas on offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, who was released Saturday in an injury dispute: “Obviously, not an ideal situation for either party. I think we felt we did what was best for the team. As an organization, we respect and we follow the league’s processes and procedures. Moving forward, we’re not gonna comment on the specifics of the situation. The one thing that I will clarify, the safety and well-being of all our players, it’s paramount.It’s always a top priority for us and we have a great staff that works together and makes sure that care and safety happens for every player.”
Douglas still believes Sam Darnold is a franchise quarterback, despite two consecutive poor games (seven interceptions).
“I think we do [have one],” Douglas said. “I think we have a young man who’s 23 years old who’s just finished his 17th game in the National Football League. I think we see the growth, we see the ups and downs, but we see a guy that’s made of the right stuff and a warrior mentality. We gotta take care of him, as an entire organization. Playmakers, protection, everything, we have to wrap our arms him. I think you guys saw what he could do when he had that in the Dallas game.”