Back at the start of training camp in July, coach Adam Gase said his Jets would be playing meaningful games in December. Not quite.
The Jets are 4-8 entering Sunday’s showdown with the 3-9 Dolphins — not quite meaningless, but also not meaningful. Gase was asked Wednesday what went wrong.
“Nobody is more disappointed than we are, I know that,” Gase said. “Things didn’t work out for us this year. We couldn’t get things rolling in the right direction. We lose our quarterback for three games, it set us back, we just could never keep a core group of guys healthy long enough to gain that chemistry. We just have to find a way to keep getting better these last four weeks and do the right thing, prepare the right way, practice the right way, execute on Sunday, try to put one good game together so we can win this week.”
Though the playoffs are out of reach, Gase said the Jets can still accomplish some things over the final four games.
“Just keep working on our process, keep practicing the right way,” Gase said. “That’s the thing I’ve been really impressed with all these guys that have been through here that have been able to practice, they’ve done it the right way, they’ve really prepared the right way, we just haven’t always done it well enough on Sunday. When we have, we’ve had good results, when we haven’t, we lose those games and that’s why our main focus has to be, ‘All right this week, let’s do the right things, make sure that we are preparing the right way, go out on Sunday, cut it loose, play the right way, give us a chance to win a game.’ “
QB Sam Darnold practiced fully after injuring his knee in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. He appears to be fine. Darnold dealt with the knee injury last week, but aggravated it when he got hit Sunday.
“Yeah, he kind of got rolled up on,” Gase said. “I think he feels a lot better than he did last week which is surprising considering that happened, but he seems to be good.”
The Jets had a long list of players who did not practice Wednesday: S Jamal Adams (ankle), CB Maurice Canady (illness/quad), RT Chuma Edoga (knee), S Matthias Farley (rib/ankle), TE Ryan Griffin (illness), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), DT Steve McLendon (knee/hip), CB Brian Poole (concussion) and LB Paul Worrilow (quad). The following players were limited: DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), LT Kelvin Beachum (ankles), LG Alex Lewis (elbow) and WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring).
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