Only two N.F.L. The teams in history have played 0-16 since the 1978 regular season expanded to 16 games: the Detroit Lions in 2008 and the Cleveland Browns in 2017.
It looks like the 2020 Jets (0-9) are trying to join them.
However, here are some assurances fans should keep in mind: No team will give up, even in the face of injuries, gossip, and other adversity on and off the field. And no coach leads a team to lose to get a top draft spot, although some people have suggested that is the case with the Adam Gase of the Jets.
At least that’s the view of someone who’s been there, Hue Jackson, who was the Browns’ head coach during their 0-16 season.
“That was the best coaching job I’ve ever done,” he emphasized in a telephone interview on Thursday.
Jackson had to keep his team focused, ready, and excited every week for a season with no hope of winning. That year, the Browns were the league’s youngest team.
“We could see that we need better talent to give our players a chance to win,” said Jackson, who was fired in October 2018 with a record of 3-36-1 in his two and a half seasons with the Browns. “But we went further by the grace of God and faith in our players and ourselves as coaches.”
After losing some older players, the Jets have come to rely heavily on newbies, and Gase has said the team wants to coach younger players for years to come.
Gase is 7-18-0 with the Jets and he may not be around for long if things don’t improve.
Mathematically, the jets did no way to get into the playoffs. There is a good chance they will acquire Clemson’s dynamic quarterback, however. Trevor Lawrencewith the No. 1 next spring, provided he enters the 2021 N.F.L. Draft and the Jets are still worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who faced the Pittsburgh Steelers 8-1 on Sunday.
Gase and his players insisted they don’t refuel. “Nobody talked about it,” Gase said in a call to reporters on Wednesday.
On Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, Joe Flacco will make his fourth start at quarterback for the Jets, while Sam Darnold continues to recover from a shoulder injury. The timeline for Darnold’s return is blurry. Many fans and Twitter users have wondered if he will be out of work at design time.
“I’ve been on social media, I’ve seen some things,” Darnold told reporters last month.
Giving up Darnold, however, would mean the Jets had already failed to get a hoisted quarterback into an N.F.L. Success. He was number 3 in 2018, the same year the Browns used first place – the fruit of their 0-16 season – to bring in quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is often credited with helping Move the franchise towards seriousness. In his N.F.L. In week 3 of the 2018 season, Mayfield helped the Browns end their winning streak by beating the Jets. Cleveland went 7-8-1 in its rookie year and 6-10 last year.
During his tenure with the Browns, Jackson reminded players that nothing was over until the final whistle of the final game. Which, to a certain extent, couldn’t come fast enough.
“People aren’t built to lose, especially when you’re a leader,” he said. “To keep doing your best, you need to keep these feelings away from the players, your family, the office, and even yourself.”
Raising morale can be difficult in the face of constant loss and shame from fans. In one (n “Everything covered“Podcast episode last week, Safety Jamal Adams said frequent defeats had depressed him for much of his three seasons with the Jets. After a 7-9 record last season and disagreements between Adams and the front office, he got this one Summer sold to the Seattle Seahawks.
Many of the current Jets have said that they are hopeful of ending their losing streak.
“We just want to go out there and win, we don’t care about the draft,” Mekhi Becton said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
“Football is a love game, so I can never be so depressed,” said linebacker Jordan Jenkins on Thursday.
The Jets enter a four-week phase of meeting teams that currently have at least a 60 percent chance Reaching the playoffs.
Separately, Jackson said that a difficult season could go in several directions. Since 2017, he has set up an anti-human trafficking foundation, helped run a tequila company, and started an organization in Cleveland called Foreign 2 changersThis helps bring people from different backgrounds together for community projects.
Jackson said he still hopes to bring his expertise back to football, adding that he often conjures up memories of the smell of grass from the field.
Gregg Williams, the Jets ‘defensive coordinator, was with Jackson’s side as the Browns’ defensive coordinator from January 2017 until his appointment as interim coach in October 2018.
Gase brought Williams in January 2019 and trained the Jets defense in seventh place about everything in the N.F.L. last season despite a 7-9 record. This season is the Defense ranks 28th in the league and The offense is at the bottom.
“One of the reasons I have been able to train in the league for so long is because I was a mentor: a life coach and a football coach,” Williams said in a conversation with reporters on Friday. “And I like the challenge of having to start over with young people in this way.”
If you’re a jet, finding the positive side seems like a requirement. And on Friday Williams was no exception, saying, “We’ve had one of the best practices since I’ve been here in two years”.