The Jets’ dismal defensive performance against the Jaguars will lead to at least one change starting this week. Safety Jamal Adams said after practice ends Friday, the defense will hold a players-only meeting to make sure everyone understands his role and what’s expected of him.
During Adams’ weekly segment on the “Carlin, Maggie and Bart” show on WFAN, former Ravens and Jets linebacker Bart Scott brought it up as something his Baltimore team used to do. Adams, one of the Jets’ captains, said it’s been on his mind and he plans to do it.
“I’ve definitely been thinking about that and this Friday we will be as a defense in there after we’re done,” Adams said Tuesday afternoon. “That’s something that’s very subtle, but it’s key. And it’s something that we need to do just to understand what the other guys are thinking on the defense so we can be on the same page to where we’re clicking on all cylinders.
“Every Friday starting this Friday there will be a meeting just to get on the same page so we get out there and fly around and win ballgames.”
The Jets (1-3) have dropped three straight, and their struggles have been across the board. But the defense was especially porous in Jacksonville Sunday, as the Jets couldn’t stop the Jaguars’ short crossing routes.
They let Blake Bortles ring up a career-high 388 passing yards and allowed 503 yards of total offense – the most the Jets have given up in nearly 10 years – against a team that isn’t really known for its playmakers.
If being the first team to lose to the Browns since 2016 didn’t serve as a wake-up call in Week 3, perhaps the 31-12 loss to the Jaguars will. Otherwise, the Jets could be spiraling toward another disappointing season.
Speculation about Todd Bowles’ job security has begun and fans are annoyed by what they’ve seen from the Jets. But Adams said they will be better. They turned the page on Jacksonville. They watched film Monday, believe they’ve corrected their mistakes, and will return to work Wednesday to start preparing for the Broncos (2-2).
“We sat down as a group, as a defense, and we figured it out, what was our problem,” Adams said. “We’re going to fix it, we’re going to get better and really click.
“Everybody’s frustrated with losing. But you can’t sit here and continue to be upset about what’s going on because you’re not making it any better. You can’t add to the negativity that we’re hearing outside because you fuel the fire of the negativity.”
The Jets play their next three games at MetLife Stadium. It’s a critical homestand for Bowles, who has come under fire for the team’s performance after a rousing start to the season in Detroit.
Adams said this stretch – against Denver, Indianapolis and Minnesota — is an opportunity for the Jets to turn around their season.
“We have three straight home games and hopefully we win all of those,” Adams said. “That’s our plan to be .500 and then hopefully 4-3. We got to take one game at a time, put our head down and not listen to the outside noise.
“We understand our fan base is frustrated with us. But we need our fan base behind us. We need them just as much as we need us to come out on top. I definitely expect the stadium to be rocking just like it was Week 2 versus Miami. Hopefully, our fans understand where we’re at right now and that we want to get back on track as well.”
Notes & quotes: Isaiah Crowell was fined $13,369 for a crude touchdown celebration in the end zone in Cleveland on Sept. 20.