Under-fire coach Adam Gase assured New York Jets fans he is as unhappy as they are about the team’s start to the 2020 season after another tough loss against the Denver Broncos.
The Jets moved to 0-4 with a 37-28 reverse on Thursday, piling further pressure on Gase.
The coach wore a pained expression throughout his post-game news conference and was asked directly if he had a message for those fans who want to see him fired.
“We’re working to get this thing right,” Gase said. “I’m not happy about this. I know we can play way better than this, I know we cannot beat ourselves and do the things we’re doing.”
He added: “This is what I do for a living and this is what this coaching staff does. It’s the adversity of the NFL.”
Gase was hamstrung by his team’s ill-discipline, with the Jets committing six personal fouls on defense – including Quinnen Williams’ face mask on the Broncos’ Brett Rypien in the final five minutes that extended Denver’s game-winning drive.
“We had multiple chances to get off the field. We hurt ourselves,” an exasperated Gase explained. “The penalties were just brutal.
“We made them punt one time. We just couldn’t do the right stuff. We’re hitting them too late, getting personal fouls, it’s ridiculous.
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“When you look at it, there’s 11 penalties for 118 yards. We hurt ourselves, we hurt ourselves.
“We need to get this corrected and we need to figure out what guys are going to do the right things at the right time. This is not the way that we’re going to play.”
The Jets’ offense was little better, with Sam Darnold taking six sacks and Gase criticising the team’s “one-dimensional” running game. They were also zero-for-three in the red zone.
“We had a couple of opportunities that really we missed,” the coach said. “They’ve been a good red zone team – since Vic [Fangio] got there, they’ve always been a good red zone team.
“We had like one down on each attempt where we had to make that play, because that’s how we’re going to get in, and we didn’t make that play.”
Gase was not helped by a first-quarter hit on Darnold, which left his quarterback nursing a sore shoulder, although he returned to finish the game.
“The way he got thrown down, I was trying to blueprint out how the rest of the game was going to go with Joe, trying to make sure to call it right and not put him in harm’s way,” the coach said.
Darnold, who scored a 46-yard rushing touchdown, added: “It’s fine. I’ll take it day by day at this point, see what they say tomorrow [Friday].”