Jamal Adams is fed up, and he’s ready to speak up. The Jets safety is only in his second season, but he knows that life in the NFL is short-lived and he isn’t willing to spend most of his career — or any more of it, for that matter — waiting for the woebegone franchise to turn it around. He wants wins and he wants them now.
“That’s the scary thing,” Adams said Tuesday on WFAN’s “Carlin, Maggie & Bart” show. “I was talking to a couple of my DB’s last night and saying, ‘Man, this thing goes by quick.’ I’m only in my second year, but it’s not college going to the pros to chase your dream. You’re here and once it’s over, it’s over . . . Everybody just has to do their part in the organization. It needs to change. Because, to me, we’re running out of time.”
Adams continued: “You have to take advantage of all these opportunities. There shouldn’t be any waiting in life, period. You have to attack it. I’m not going to sit here and be OK with losing. I’m not OK with it and I’m not going to get used to it at all. There are going to be things that we are going to have to attack ASAP.”
Adams has known little but losing in his two seasons in the league. The Jets are 8-20 since he was the sixth pick in the 2017 draft. This season, after a Week 1 victory against Detroit in which the Jets looked like an altogether different team — one that creates turnovers and scores points — it has been more of the same. Last Sunday’s 26-22 loss to Tennessee was the most recent rock bottom, with the Titans overcoming a 16-point deficit to deal the Jets (3-9) their sixth consecutive defeat.
“I don’t like losing,” Adams said. “I don’t think anybody likes losing. It’s got to change. It’s not a secret. Everything is out there.”
And, Adams said, the changes need to be drastic.
“If something in life is going wrong and you don’t fix the problem, and you just kind of sit there and let it continue being a problem, it’s not going to change,” he said.
Adams said that he would like to talk with Jets ownership following the season about the direction of the franchise.
“We’re all in this together,” he said. “If people don’t speak up, it’s going to stay the same. We all have to speak up and we all have to say what’s on our mind. It’s not time for ‘don’t say this, don’t say that.’ No, we need to say this and we need to say that, because we need to change it.
“I just want to know what’s going to happen, what’s going to go on, and what we can do to make this thing better.”
But, as far as the biggest potential change — coach Todd Bowles — Adams reiterated his support for the embattled leader.
“I support Bowles,” he said. “Bowles is not the reason and not the problem. There’s other problems in that building. I feel for him, I really do. Coach Bowles always [tells us] not to worry about him, he’ll be all right. He’s a selfless guy. I can’t respect him more.”
While Adams spoke about the need for change in a somewhat general way, other Jets have taken on the Jets’ issues a little more specifically. After Sunday’s loss, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa spoke about unnamed players being “undisciplined.”
The Jets committed 11 penalties Sunday. They have committed 78 penalties, 20th-most in the league. Kansas City (10-2) leads the league with 108, according to nflpenalties.com.
“As a whole, we don’t do the small things that can get us more wins,” linebacker Avery Williamson said on the “Joe and Evan” show on WFAN Tuesday. “Whether that’s penalties or blown coverages, it’s little things. You’re going to have some. But too many is what can kill you. That’s what we seem to have happen a lot.”