Another day, another crisis for the Jets.
Not only has Gang Green started the season off 0-2 and looking like the worst team in the NFL in the process, it now has players openly questioning the way the team is practicing.
“It all goes back to practice,” safety Bradley McDougald told SNY after Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the 49ers. “We’ve had some slow practices and it correlates to the game. We need to have a complete, full week of just great practices. I don’t think we’ve had that yet. As soon as we realize that and hone on in to how important practice is and come out and win at practice then it will translate to the games on Sunday.”
That is an indictment of head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has autonomy over the defense, by a veteran player.
“We’ve yet to have one complete dominating week in practice,” McDougald said. “Until we can dominate in practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday is going to be a toss-up.”
Veteran linebacker Avery Williamson agreed with McDougald during an interview on “Joe and Evan” on WFAN on Tuesday.
“I definitely can agree with him at times; sometimes in practice, guys are missing tackles or we’re not doing things right, we haven’t been as crisp as we should be at times,” Williamson said. “Or starting fast – he’s definitely correct that at times, we don’t start fast at practice. We haven’t the last two weeks, but that’s something we have to fix ourselves, because you can’t come out sluggish in games and expect to win. It’s tough to recover when a team you’re playing is that good.”
Williamson does not speak to the media until Friday, but Gase addressed the players’ comments on Wednesday.
“Nobody said anything during the week,” Gase said. “I felt like we had really good tempo to practice. Sometimes an individual guy, if he wants to change something, we talk about it every week. It’s an open forum. If somebody doesn’t like the way something’s going, we can easily speak up.”
Gase said Williamson texted him Tuesday night to let him know about what he said on the radio.
“He just said that he said something about how they practice on defense,” Gase said. “He said he felt like what he said wasn’t really what was reported. I told him it is what it is.”
The Jets have fallen behind 21-3 in the first half of each of their first two games. They have looked terrible to start games. They had three straight three-and-outs on offense to start the game in Buffalo and then the defense gave up an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage Sunday against the 49ers.
Gase said he was surprised at how they started against the Bills, but felt execution issues were the major problem against the 49ers, not preparation. He said he has liked what he has seen in practice when asked about the players saying it has been sluggish.
“I haven’t necessarily felt that,” Gase said. “When I watch our guys, I feel like guys are flying around. They’re chasing the ball. You’re always looking to improve in practice with everything from how you feel the speed of individual goes, all the drills that you’re doing, the routes versus air, team period, 7-on-7, scout team stuff, all those types of things. You’re always looking for ways to improve not only the speed and the tempo, it’s the execution as well. Everything is built to get better every day.”
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