J-E-T-S JETS, JETS, JETS: Why Gang Green Is Struggling To Fly This Season

Week Three will mark an unusual scene for the New York Jets: Luke Falk will be their third starting quarterback in three weeks.

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Going into the 2019 NFL season, I thought the New York Jets were going to surprise a lot of people. They had a promising, young quarterback in Sam Darnold, a great young receiver in Robby Anderson, a productive tight end in Chris Herndon (who is suspended for Weeks 1-4), and a solid defense, anchored by former LSU star Jamal Adams and offseason acquisition C.J. Mosley, who made a name for himself as a linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens. In addition to all of these guys, the Jets made NFL headlines when they signed Le’Veon Bell, arguably the best running back in the NFL, during the offseason free agency period.

There was a lot of promise for Gang Green heading into the season. If you are a Jets fan, you should have been excited.

As we are about to begin Week Three, which kicks off with a Thursday night clash between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jets fans might have a different outlook. Their starting quarterback, Sam Darnold, was diagnosed last week with mono, which sidelined him indefinitely. Darnold is hoping to make a return as soon as Week Five, when the Jets take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

This means that the New York Jets need to embrace the “next man up” mentality. Originally, the next man up was Trevor Siemian, who was named to the Pro Bowl in 2016 as an alternate, but declined the invitation to allow time to recover from an injury. In the Jets’ Monday Night clash against the Cleveland Browns, Siemian was a much different quarterback, as he struggled immensely to the tune of a stat line that included three completed passes in six attempts, three yards, two sacks, and a 1.7 QBR.

During the second quarter of Jets-Browns, Siemian exited with an injury, which put former Washington State standout Luke Falk into action, his NFL Regular Season debut. I would say that Falk fared pretty well in his debut, completing 20-25 passes for 198 yards, which earned him a quarterback rating of 99.7. For his efforts, and given the injury situation of Jets quarterbacks, Falk was named the starter for the Jets’ Week Three game against the New England Patriots.

In the rare event that Falk goes down, the Jets also signed David Fales, who is the record holder in all passing categories in San Jose State history. Fales has bounced around from team-to-team in his young career (Bears, Ravens, Dolphins, Lions, Jets – all since 2014). Fales probably will not appear unless of an emergency, but he gives the Jets another guy with NFL experience.

For Gang Green, I hope Falk can lead them to a win or two. The Jets’ quarterback situation is one that I can imagine is tough to go through. However, when Darnold is back, I expect the Jets to play the type of football Jets fans expected them to before the season.

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