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The Speed Option: A quick preview of the New York Jets

Get up to speed on the Jets in no time flat

Buffalo Bills v New York Jets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Each week this season I will provide you with a quick overview of the Buffalo Bills’ opponent. It will cover their coaching staff, how their units have ranked through the season, how their last few games have gone, and their starting lineups.

To kickoff the 2020 season the Bills are hosting the New York Jets at home at the newly unbranded Bills Stadium. Here’s your quick preview of the mean, green, New Jersey football team.

2019 Recap

The Jets finished last season with a 7-9 record, good enough for the 11th overall selection in the draft. They were 1-1 against the Bills in 2019. Their win over Buffalo came in the regular season finale—a game in which a handful of Bills starters rested.

Head Coach

2019 was the first season of the Adam Gase era in East Rutherford, NJ, and it didn’t go so well. As noted above, the team finished 7-9 (a 0.438 winning percentage). This is right in line with Gase’s overall winning percentage as a head coach of 0.469. He was previously the head coach of the Miami Dolphins for three seasons.

Offensive Coordinator

Dowell Loggains followed Gase as his offensive coordinator from Miami to New Jersey. Unfortunately for the Jets, the change in scenery did not result in a change in his offense’s performances. In his final season with the Dolphins, the team ranked 31st in yards and 26th in points scored. In his first season with the Jets the team ranked 32nd in yards and 31st in points scored.

Defensive Coordinator

Former Buffalo Bills head coach Gregg Williams is Gase’s defensive coordinator. Last season he did a much better job coaching his unit than Loggains did with the offense. The Jets’ defense ranked seventh in yards allowed and 16th in points allowed in 2019.

Offensive Starters

  • WR: Breshad Perriman^
  • LT: Mekhi Beckton*
  • LG: Alex Lewis
  • C: Connor McGovern^
  • RG: Greg Van Roten^
  • RT: George Fant^
  • TE: Chris Herndon
  • WR: Jamison Crowder
  • WR: Chris Hogan^
  • QB: Sam Darnold
  • RB: Le’Veon Bell

^ = free agent

* = rookie

Defensive Starters

  • DL: Quinnen Williams
  • DL: Steve McLendon
  • DL: Henry Anderson
  • OLB: Jordan Jenkins
  • ILB: Avery Willamson
  • ILB: Neville Hewitt
  • OLB: Tarell Basham
  • CB: Pierre Desir^
  • CB: Bless Austin
  • S: Bradley McDougald^
  • S: Marcus Maye

^ = free agent / trade addition

* = rookie