East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Jets love to show off their youth, and all the high draft picks filling their roster. That’s what rebuilding teams do: sell the future.
Coach Robert Saleh wants the future to be now.
“We’re young in skill positions, we’re young in critical positions, and we have to grow fast,” he said Sunday after a disappointing 24-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium.
There was a hint of urgency in Saleh’s voice, which is noteworthy. In the second year of The Great Rebuild, he knows there will be less patience from the fan base, who wants to see tangible progress beyond the 2021 4-13 season. Saleh, too, expects more members of his squad now that he’s spent an entire year shaping it and creating a culture.
This made the loss particularly frustrating. Whenever they needed a big play, they made a mistake – and Salih immediately mentioned two of his comrades, running backwards. Press Hall and a wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
Hall, who only lost three failures in an 800 career touchdown in Iowa, lost a disoriented and dropped a pass. Wilson turned a none pass into a 9-yard gain, but he came in short on a third touchdown — and Saleh felt he should have turned if he had simply lowered his shoulder rather than trying to slip in front of a defender.
Troubleshooting? Probably. They weren’t the only culprits in the loss – oh, no, they had a lot of companionship from the older players – but they are part of the youth establishment. Ideally, the aircraft should have been able to overcome those errors, but there were so many bad timing malfunctions (mostly due to the attack) that they were doomed to lose on September 13th in a row.
It looked like a reboot from 2021, 2020, 2019… You get the point.
“I know everyone’s like, ‘Oh, it’s the same old age,’ ‘Tight end Tyler Conklin He said. “It’s not the same old team….we have a good team. Defense played well today. Attacking, we have to be better.”
Conklin is new to these parts, having spent the past four years with the Minnesota Vikings, so he’s not familiar with the frustrations surrounding the franchise. The Jets have not played in the playoffs in 11 years, the longest streak in the league, and they have a habit of killing pre-season optimism before the end of the first month.
On Sunday, players in every corner of the locker room stressed the positives that resulted from the loss – how the attack moved the ball (378 yards) and how the defense caught Ravens’ midfield. Lamar Jackson In check for more than two quarters. back CJ MoseleyThe captain insisted that the planes were moving in the right direction.
“I think every day I walk into the building, every day I get up on a plane,” he said. “I have no doubts about the guys here and what we can do…it’s up to us to make this real life.”
The good thing about young players – who are resilient – is that they learn from their mistakes, move on and get better. Hall and Wilson are too talented to improve. Hall, for example, seemed to accept the circumstances.
“It’s so frustrating. I’m not used to it,” he said of his fussiness. “I don’t usually do it, I don’t accept it. It will hurt, but I have to move and have amnesia.”
The rookie paused for a moment.
Realistically, he said, “It won’t happen again.”