'The Results Never Change': Joe And Evan React To Jets' Week 1 Debacle

Joe & Evan
September 09, 2019 - 11:27 am

As you might have expected, WFAN midday hosts and Jets die-hards Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts were all worked up Monday morning after Gang Green squandered a 16-0, third-quarter lead in its season opener against the Bills.

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"They can change the coach. They can change the general manager. They can bring in all these glossy new free agents:  (C.J.) Mosley, (Jamison) Crowder, (Le'Veon) Bell -- all played well yesterday. They can change the uniforms. But the results never change," Benigno said. "I mean, this was the same old, same old. Sixteen-nothing lead and then whatever you can do to lose this football (game).

"Only the Jets can win the turnover battle 4-0, can score a defensive touchdown and get a safety and lose the game," he added.

Buffalo won the game 17-16. Technically, the Jets won the turnover battle 4-1 because they lost a fumble while throwing desperation laterals in the final seconds.

Roberts had dug some numbers up last season that showed how unlikely it is to win a turnover battle by such a wide margin and still lose a game. From 2005 until the time Evan conducted his research, teams that held a turnover edge of four or more were 285-8 (97.3%), while teams that held a turnover advantage of three or more were 372-35 (91.4%).

"There's so many things in this game," Benigno continued. "You want to start with the offensive line, which was brutal. I mean, the offensive line yesterday was absolutely hideous. And the quarterback did not play well. I'm not exonerating him. He was not good. He missed guys. He missed Robby Anderson on a couple potential big plays late in the game. He did not have a good game whatsoever. So he was bad. The offensive line was terrible."

And after Mosley, Gang Green's biggest free agent acquisition on defense, left the game with a groin injury in the fourth quarter, the Jets "were like a different team with him out of the game," Benigno said.

But the Jets' defense had other problems, too, Roberts noted.

"Outside of the first defensive possession, in which on back-to-back plays they put pressure on Josh Allen, they couldn't get near him," he said.

Tthe offense was particularly inept. All the Jets had to show for four first-half Bills turnovers were six points -- and those came on a pick-six by Mosley. New York's offense only assembled one scoring drive on the day. 

Coach Adam Gase was hired for being an offensive guru and quarterback whisperer. But that wasn't obvious Sunday.

"How about the offense do something?" Roberts said. "And how about this head coach -- and I know it's only been one game, you're going to turn on the coach? -- here's why I'm going to turn on the coach: 'Cause I didn't want the coach. 'Cause I saw the coach in Miami."

If the Jets don't beat the Browns next week, Benigno said it's easy to see them starting 0-5. They face the Patriots and Eagles on the road in weeks 3 and 4 before hosting Dallas. 

"This is why this game had such importance," Roberts said. "And a game like this can spiral a season, especially in the NFL where you only play 16 of these."

Listen to Joe and Evan's open from Monday's show by clicking on the audio player above.