Four yards. Just four yards were tallied by the Jets’ offense in the second half, as Bills head coach Sean McDermott made the necessary adjustments and didn’t give Darnold any room to breathe in the pocket.
Because of that, Gase couldn’t blame his quarterback for not getting the offense in a rhythm in the second half. He didn’t have time to do so, and that gets the finger pointed at the offensive line – even if Gase didn’t say it outright.
According to Pro Football Focus, Darnold was pressured 25 total times, which included seven sacks for the Buffalo defense. Josh Andrews, who was filling in at left guard for the injured Alex Lewis, allowed the most with nine total pressures (two sacks, one hit, and six hurries). Even Mekhi Becton, who has been the only consistent player for the Jets on the line, allowed two sacks and four total pressures. He was, however, returning from his shoulder injury for the first time.
“It was collapsing quick on him,” Gase told reporters on Monday. “He was trying to get the ball out, he didn’t have much opportunity. The few times that he did, it was a tight window. Throws there, we got to finish some of these couple plays. It was just really tough, I mean, there was a lot of bodies coming at him. There were some free guys, there was some leakage. Things just weren’t that clean.
“Second half, it was just full bombardment.”
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