Joe Douglas can’t keep getting a pass on failing Jets tenure

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Honeymoons mostly mean a week oregon 2 successful length, possibly a month.

Joe Douglas is successful the 3rd twelvemonth of his honeymoon with the Jets arsenic their wide manager. The Jets grounds connected his ticker is 10-28, with the squad having been outscored 991-599 successful that span.

That’s not good. Frankly, it’s really, truly bad.

And yet, adjacent if you perceive closely, you perceive astir nary griping from Jets fans astir the occupation Douglas has done with nary a hint of a drum bushed calling for his job.

Conversely, Giants fans are truthful disgusted with wide manager Dave Gettleman they’re acceptable to personally escort him retired of town and wage for the car work transporting him.

It’s uncertain whether Douglas and Gettleman person a narration that is thing much than colleagues with the aforesaid occupation rubric successful the aforesaid NFL market, but Douglas owes Gettleman a bully meal oregon 2 for deflecting each the antagonistic attraction distant from him.

When helium was hired and fixed an eye-opening six-year contract, Douglas was brought successful astatine an awkward clip — successful June 2019 aft the draught and escaped bureau had already taken spot for that season. So, 2019 was a existent get-to-know-the-organization honeymoon play for him.

Jets wide   manager   Joe Douglas looks connected  during practiceJoe Douglas’ 2.5 years with the Jets person produced small to beryllium excited about.Bill Kostroun

Douglas was connected assistance successful 2019. Since then, though, the results haven’t reflected a occupation good done by Douglas, who came present with an awesome pedigree having been with the Ravens and Eagles during palmy periods.

The Jets were really respectable (for them) record-wise successful 2019, going 7-9. In 2020, Douglas’ archetypal afloat twelvemonth arsenic GM, they went 2-14 and they’re 1-5 this season. For those of you scoring astatine home, that’s 3-19 since 2020, with the squad having been outscored 632-323.

Since Douglas has been here, the mantra has been all astir rebuilding the roster, taking vantage of his expected strengths successful evaluating unit and drafting and cleaning up the messiness the erstwhile authorities left.

Those results, though, person been mixed some successful the draught and successful escaped agency, and it makes you wonderment erstwhile the adjacent authorities volition beryllium brought successful to cleanable up the messiness that Douglas left. On and connected the insidious rhythm of futility goes.

In fairness, determination are a fig of yet-to-be-determined conclusions connected Douglas’ precocious draught picks, similar near tackle Mekhi Becton (first circular 2020), who is hurt, and backmost Zach Wilson (first circular 2021), who is besides wounded and is lone six games into his NFL career.

Receiver Denzel Mims (second circular 2020) and information Ashtyn Davis (third circular 2020) person yet to marque immoderate important contributions. In fact, the astir accordant draught prime of Douglas’ classes has been punter Braden Mann. That, of course, is simply a bully news/bad quality deal.

Certainly, drafts are a crapshoot and it takes respective years earlier we person factual answers astir players, but if we’re going with the celebrated Bill Parcells measurement of “you are what your grounds says you are’’ past Douglas has not been bully enough. Not adjacent close.

You wonderment however galore years of roster rebuilding Douglas is going to request (or beryllium allowed to make) earlier helium has the Jets playing astatine a specified level of competitiveness alternatively of losing by 41 points to the Patriots arsenic they did connected Sunday.

It feels arsenic if the Jets person had much roster teardowns than a downtrodden metropolis vicinity being gentrified.

Jets violative  tackle Mekhi Becton (77) during practice.The assemblage is inactive retired connected Joe Douglas’ precocious draught picks similar Mekhi Becton.Bill Kostroun

Not adjacent the champion GMs successful the league deed connected each escaped agent, but determination person been excessively galore misses for Douglas successful the past 2 years.

Of the twelve oregon truthful escaped agents helium signed successful 2020, his archetypal afloat offseason with the team, lone a fistful stay successful cardinal roles — tackle George Fant, halfway Connor McGovern and defender Greg Van Roten.

Among the one-and-done players from the 2020 people were cornerbacks Brian Poole and Pierre Desir and receiver Breshad Perriman, who was brought successful aft Douglas misjudged the free-agent marketplace and mislaid Robby Anderson to the Panthers.

Among the twelve signings this offseason, the squad has had mixed results, with receiver Corey Davis yet to basal out, nor receiver Keelan Cole. The Jets mislaid pass-rusher Carl Lawson for the play with an Achilles teardrop successful preseason arsenic good antiaircraft lineman Vinny Curry, who was diagnosed with a humor disorder, and information Lamarcus Joyner, who tore a triceps tendon successful the play opener.

So, determination person been immoderate atrocious breaks, but Douglas’ assemblage of enactment has not yet matched the glowing reviews helium arrived with earlier making his archetypal unit move. Yet helium inactive seems to beryllium coated successful Teflon.

Jets proprietor and president Woody Johnson, speaking to reporters astatine an NFL owners gathering connected Tuesday successful Manhattan, expressed his “unwavering, steadfast confidence’’ successful Douglas and caput manager Robert Saleh, who was hired this past offseason.

“This is simply a bully group,” Johnson said. “We volition get it right.’’


How galore much teardowns and rebuilds indispensable Jets fans endure earlier the Jets yet “get it right?’’