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Adam Gase defends Jets' play-calling, lack of WR targets in loss to Chargers

Head coach Adam Gase of the Jets looks

Head coach Adam Gase of the Jets looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Credit: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian

Adam Gase defended the first-half play-calling in the Jets’ loss to the Chargers, saying plenty of those plays were designed for wide receivers, particularly Jamison Crowder.

"Crowder probably should have had about 15 catches in those plays," he said Monday.

Joe Flacco completed only three passes in the first half of the Jets’ 34-28 loss, and none were to wide receivers. Flacco took the blame for "some bad throws" and said there were "miscommunications."

On Flacco’s pick-6, the pass was intended for Crowder.

Gase was questioned and criticized about Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims being targeted only twice in the first half. They were thrown to a combined 13 times after halftime.

Gase went over all of the plays that were meant to go to wide receivers in the first half but didn’t because of a penalty, a sack or other mistakes.

"We were trying to go to wideouts," he said. "It just didn’t work out."

Gase relinquished the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains three games ago. He said Loggains still is calling the plays, although it looked as if Gase had that role Sunday.

Hello, Herndon

Tight end Chris Herndon had his best game of the season, but it started with a drop of an easy pass. Herndon, who was expected to be a playmaker, had two catches for 32 yards and his first touchdown. Gase is "really hopeful" it was the start of something for him.

"To see him finally have some success," Gase said, "that was a big positive for us."

Kicker controversy?

The Jets have a kicker situation that needs addressing. They have two on the active roster in Sam Ficken and Sergio Castillo. Ficken, who returned Sunday after sitting out three games with a groin injury, missed two extra points Sunday. Castillo performed well in Ficken’s absence.

Gase said they will be "talking through the kicker thing over the next couple days."

Two-minute drill

Running back La’Mical Perine suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday and will miss time . . . Right tackle George Fant (ankle/knee) is week-to-week . . . Tackle Chuma Edoga has a low ankle sprain, but there’s a chance he could play Sunday . . . The Jets released quarterback Mike White and restored tight end Ross Travis to the practice squad from the COVID-19 list.

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