What a brutal time to be a Jets fan. Adam “I worked with Peyton Manning” Gase is still the head coach, Sam Darnold shows flashes of brilliance but can’t seem to string anything concrete together, the running game is a split between La’Mical Perine and Frank “the ageless wonder” Gore…
The list goes on. The Jets may not win more than a game or two this season and are under fire currently for allegedly keeping security cameras in the team’s locker room. Every game makes this nightmare season even worse. And Jets fans have the pleasure of watching former players like Jamal Adams have more fun elsewhere. With all that being said, the Jets are the top contender for the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, offering them a chance at building a better future and some hope for the beleaguered franchise.
The 2021 NFL Draft appears to have a few good QB prospects. If the Jets are ready to move on from Sam Darnold (honestly, I don’t think I could tell you if he was actually good, since the offense is just awful as a whole), they have some options, such as Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence (assuming he declares for the draft), or Trey Lance.
Regardless of which QBs declare for the draft, I would strongly encourage them to refuse to play for the Jets,at least until the team fires Adam Gase. None of those QBs deserve to play for a broken offensive system and a team that is so embarrassing that the star players that the team has somehow stumbled into (Jamal Adams, Le’Veon Bell, etc.) want out.
In both of his years as head coach of the Jets, Gase’s offenses have been among the worst in the NFL. In four out of his five years as the head coach of an NFL team (Jets and Dolphins), Adam Gase’s offenses have never even been above average. Even when his Dolphins were 10-6 in 2016, the offense was still below average. The only saving grace for the Jets in 2019 was their 11th-ranked defense, which is at least in some part thanks to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance should all refuse to play for the Jets for as long as Gase is head coach, because there is a legitimate concern that their careers and earning potentials will be hurt with him running the team. There is precedent for this kind of action – Eli Manning was a member of the San Diego Chargers for a little bit – so it would not be out of the question for Lawrence or Fields to do so. Beyond the Jets, there are teams that are better run (at least as far as I can tell) and would be better spots for these QBs ‘rebuild’ a franchise without hurting their potential career earnings right off the bat. The Jaguars (by current record) sit right behind the Jets with the second overall pick. Other QB-needy teams in the top 10 picks include the Washington Football Team, (potentially) the New York Giants, the Patriots, and maybe even the Carolina Panthers. All of these would be more exciting and more accommodating landing spots than the disastrous Jets franchise.
It may appeal to one of these QB prospects to try to rebuild the Jets and be the centerpiece of a brand new offense, but I think it would be a huge mistake to take their talents to the Jets while Adam Gase is still calling the shots. He is the closest thing to “career kryptonite” that a head coach can be and avoiding him could positively alter the careers of Lawrence, Fields, and Lance.