The New York Jets came into Week 4 with a losing record but a very respectable defense. That defense absolutely fell apart on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who piled up 503 yards and put 31 points on the board.
A couple of the team’s young defensive leaders, Jordan Jenkins and Darron Lee, didn’t mince words about how they viewed the effort.
Lee called it “inexcusable” and noted he was embarrassed, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com.
“Absolutely,” he said. “If you’re not p—ed off about it, then there’s something wrong.”
Jenkins threw down the gauntlet.
“We can never allow a team to get 500 yards on us ever again in the future of everyone on this team,” said outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins. “You can’t ever allow 500 yards as a defense. That was p— poor by us. We can’t let that happen again.
“It sucks that we waited until the second half to play. We have to come out better on the road, and come out from the get-go ready to play, knocking people out.”
There were many instances where New York’s defenders were out of position, which led to some big plays by the Jaguars. In particular, the touchdown catch scored by T.J. Yeldon was inexcusable.
T.J. Yeldon with the 31-yard catch and run and… he throws the ball away at the goal line. No one notices. Touchdown Jaguars. Eat Arby’s.
— Big Tank Country (@BigCatCountry) September 30, 2018
Blake Bortles had a field day, going off for 388 yards while averaging over 10 yards per attempt, and 10 different Jaguars caught passes in the blowout win.
If the Jets are doing to stay competitive this year while rookie Sam Darnold learns on the fly, it’ll be up to the defense to pick up the slack. Clearly it did not do that on Sunday, but the good news is that the players are owning up to their poor effort.