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Jets' Johnson: Gase's job safe, will remain coach in 2020

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Jets reached the midpoint of their season at 1-7, with a resounding thud of a loss to the Dolphins - a team that is obviously trying to lose games for a high draft pick this year.

It's a remarkable low point for a team that entered the season hoping to show improvement.

So how did it get so bad? Here are the eight people who are most to blame for the Jets' nightmarish start.

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8. Joe Douglas

The Jets general manager's decision to bring Chandler Catanzaro into camp as the only kicker backfired spectacularly, as the Jets had four kickers on the roster in a one-month span, including Kaare Vedvik, who missed a field goal attempt and extra point in a 17-16 Week 1 loss to the Bills. How different would this season feel had the Jets held on to win that game? Some of Douglas' pickups have been contributors - including Ryan Griffin, Jordan Willis and Nate Hairston - but his biggest addition, Ryan Kalil, has not worked out.

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7. Gregg Williams

The defense generally hasn't been the problem. But since a solid performance against the Cowboys, the defense has struggled. The coorindator's defense surrendered opening touchdown drives against the Patriots and Jaguars, setting the tone for horrible days. And then Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the first half. Yes, the Jets were without their entire inside linebacking corps - but there's no excuse for letting an offense that scored nine touchdowns in its first seven games get in the end zone on back-to-back-to-back possessions.

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6. Sam Darnold

The quarterback's in a difficult situation, much of it not his doing. Missing three games with mononucleosis didn't help. Playing behind a disaster of an offensive line makes it much harder. And playing in his second offense in as many years, one that doesn't seem to be working is less than ideal. But, after a strong first two games of the season, Darnold has made crippling, careless mistakes with the football in each of his last three games. He's solely responsible for not being able to throw the ball away or throwing into double coverage. And it needs to stop for the Jets to be successful.

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5. Woody Johnson

He bought the team in 2000, and laid the groundwork for what is now the second-longest playoff drought in franchise history - the Jets haven't been to the postseason since 2010, their only longer stretch was when they missed 11 straight years from 1970-80. He may be out of sight, working as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. But his impact is still felt on the team, including his decision to put brother Christopher Johnson in charge.

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4. Frank Pollack and the entire O-line

The Jets' offensive line is a disaster. It can't create enough room for Le'Veon Bell to run. It can't protect Sam Darnold. It isn't all Pollack's fault. The Jets' offensive line coach dealt with extensive injuries - the Jets started three backups on Sunday in Miami - and a lack of talent - inexplicably, the Jets' previous general manager (more on him in a bit) selected only one offensive lineman in the top four rounds in five drafts. But the Jets have had schematic, discipline and execution issues on the line. Pollack and every player on the line must do better. It would be hard for them to do much worse.

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3. Adam Gase

Coach Gase had two main jobs when the Jets hired him. Score points and get the most out of Darnold. Let's check the numbers. Oh, no. The Jets are the only team in the NFL with fewer than 10 offensive touchdowns. They are ranked dead last in total offense. And Darnold? He's just played the three worst games of his career, throwing eight interceptions. Gase has been dealt a difficult hand, there's no doubt. But the Jets should not be this bad - particularly in the two areas in which he was supposed to help the most. And when Gase botches a late-game clock situation, the way he did in Miami over the weekend, it isn't helping.

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2. Mike Maccagnan

Everything the former general manager has touched has seemed to turn to dust. His first-ever draft pick, Leonard Williams? Traded. Another highly-regarded first-round pick, Jamal Adams? Angry with the team and unsure of his long-term future here. Big-ticket free-agent signing C.J. Mosley? Missed six of the first eight games with injury after missing only three games in the first five years of his career. Trumaine Johnson? Yikes. Sam Darnold? Playing the worst football of his career. Adam Gase? He helped hire him. We could go on, but Maccagnan's fingerprints are all over this 1-7 team.

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1. Christopher Johnson

The CEO and chairman has done something no one thought possible: make Jets fans miss Woody Johnson. The Jets are 10-30 since Christopher became the acting owner, which was only in 2017 but feels like a lifetime ago. He waited too long to fire Maccagnan, letting him run the entire offseason first. He defended his unpopular choice to hire Gase, saying "I'm not trying to win Twitter. I'm trying to win football games." The Jets have won neither. And with fans enraged and the Jets at their lowest point, Rich Kotite was patrolling the sidelines, Johnson has gone into hiding - not talking to reporters since May. But the Jets do have new uniforms, so there's that.

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