MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Three straight losses, and tempers are starting to flare in the Jets’ locker room.
“I’m [ticked] off. I’m [ticked] off,” safety Jamal Adams said Sunday after a 13-6 loss to the Dolphins dropped the Jets to 3-6. “I don’t know what else to say. I’m sick of losing. Honestly, I’m sick of losing. Enough is enough. I’m fed up with losing.”
Adams suggested his teammates ought to “look yourself in the mirror, man. Everybody. Everybody in this locker room. Look yourself in the mirror. I’m not going to hold my tongue for anything anymore. Enough is enough. I’m not a loser. I don’t do this for fantasy points or anything like that. I do this for the love of the game. I’m very passionate.
“I’m passionate about this team and I believe in this team. I go out there each and every day and play for this team. I’m just frustrated.”
This is a team that had harbored what seemed to be legitimate playoff hopes at 3-3 after a two-game winning streak, and the postgame locker room was a scene rife with disappointment. Guard Brian Winters remained in his uniform for several minutes and simply stared straight ahead. So did left tackle Kelvin Beachum. Adams paced the room after getting dressed, a scowl on his face.
Others dressed quietly after a mind-numbingly bad offensive performance ruined a terrific showing by a defense that held Miami to two field goals. The Dolphins’ only touchdown came on an interception of a pass from Sam Darnold that was returned for a score early in the fourth quarter.
“It’s tough. At this point in the season, we should be solving issues, and it’s hurting us,” wide receiver Robby Anderson said. “My hat’s off to our defense. They played a hell of a game . . . We can’t expect them to score points for us. That’s a hell of a game by them. The offense isn’t doing what we need to do. We’re not putting up points.”
Though Darnold said the Jets had a good week of practice, Anderson said, “Practice is practice. It’s not the game. We don’t get paid to practice. We get paid to play in the game and win games.”
Anderson said he’s frustrated that the Jets are still spinning their wheels record-wise. This is the third straight year they’re under .500 this late in the season.
“We’ve got to find an answer,” he said. “It’s got to change. It’s my third year. I understand the emphasis on restructure, rebuild, but I think everybody’s tired of that. I think that that’s an excuse. We’ve got to challenge ourselves and improve and make it happen. It can’t be no more trying to figure it out. It’s just got to happen. That’s how it goes. It’s professional football.”
Anderson didn’t directly criticize offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, but the receiver suggested there are too many good players on the offense for them to consistently struggle to score. The Jets have totaled 33 points in their last three games.
“I feel like we have a lot of talent on offense, and we’re not capitalizing and using each other in ways that we can use our talent and our skill set to our advantage, honestly,” Anderson said. “I think we’re right there and we’re not executing exactly how we need to and taking advantage. We’re beating ourselves.”