FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jamal Adams delivered his hardest hit of the season shortly after the Jets lost 38-3 to the Patriots to end the year 4-12 in Todd Bowles’ final game as their head coach.
Adams ripped into the Jets roster and pleaded with the front office to bring in more talent before next season.
“We ended the season, what, 4-12?” the second-year safety said. “It’s not my standard. It shouldn’t be the Jets standard. It has to change. You’ve got to bring players in here, man. It’s as simple as that, man. It’s not rocket science.”
Does that mean the Jets did not have talent this year?
“No, we don’t,” Adams said. “I’m not going to sit here and say we have talent. … We have a lot of talent on the team, but we don’t have dawgs on this team. We just don’t.”
That lack of talent was on display in Sunday’s finale. The Jets looked overmatched and overwhelmed against a Patriots team that locked up the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns against a depleted Jets secondary, and rookie Sam Darnold struggled to move the Jets offense for most of the day.
Bowles’ fate was determined long before Sunday when the Jets made it official around 8:30 p.m. They decided to fire him weeks ago, but it should be made official by Monday morning. He ends his four years with the Jets with a 24-40 record and zero playoff appearances.
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Bowles would not say whether he expects to be fired or feels like he deserves another year.
“I don’t talk about my job,” he said. “That’s been consistent since I have been here.”
General manager Mike Maccagnan is expected to be retained by CEO Christopher Johnson. Maccagnan will now get to hire a new coach and try to build up this roster through free agency and the draft, which he has struggled to do in four years on the job.
Adams stopped short of criticizing Maccagnan and said he has faith in him to fix the Jets, but his shots at the roster and praise of Bowles could be interpreted as shots at the GM.
“You’ve got to go get players, man,” Adams, one of three Pro Bowlers on the team, said. “You’ve got to go get big-time players. You’ve got to go get names. It’s simple. You look at the top teams, you look at the Saints, you look at the Rams, you look at the Chicago Bears, you look at all these teams. Come on, man. You’ve got to go get players. It’s nothing against the players in here, great teammates of mine, great brothers and we have talent. But we’re not all the way there in certain spots.”
Adams was asked if he feels Bowles is getting wronged since he feels there is a talent deficiency.
“I always support coach. I always do,” Adams said. “Since the rumors have come out [that] it’s been his fault, I’ve always said what I’ve said, and it’s not his fault, if that answers your question.”
Adams got a little emotional when speaking about Bowles.
“Todd Bowles is my favorite coach since I’ve played this game,” Adams said. “I hate to see him go down like that, which is probably happening. You live and learn, man. This world is crazy. At the end of the day, I know T. Bowles is going to do phenomenal wherever he ends up. I always believe in karma.”
The Jets have around $100 million in salary-cap space this year, which Adams pointed out when asked if he thinks the roster can be overhauled quickly. In Adams’ two years with the team, the Jets have gone 5-11 and 4-12. He clearly has grown tired of the losing.
When asked why he believes Maccagnan can fix this, Adams said, “My faith is very strong. I trust the process. It’s something that we hope Mr. Maccagnan can get done and give us some help to change this thing around.”
Last offseason, Adams recruited free agents on social media. He said he will be active in recruiting players again this year. He mentioned Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell as one of his targets, but said the Jets must change the culture to attract more stars.
“There’s so many guys out there,” Adams said when asked who he will target. “Bell’s one, obviously, but there’s so many guys. You’ve got to win. You’ve got to create a culture around here for free agents to come. Free agents don’t just come to losing situations and things that are going negative. They want positivity. They want something they can look forward to. They want a team that is striving to get to that Super Bowl. We’ve got to keep working. We’ve got to get better and it has to be now.”
Adams stressed that the entire franchise must be involved in turning around the Jets. They have now missed the playoffs for eight straight seasons and have had one winning season over that time.
“We’re one team, one heartbeat, and it’s not just in this locker room, it’s this organization, it’s the building. Everybody in that building is together,” Adams said. “We have to be on the same page for this thing to turn around. It can’t just turn around by one group is doing this and one group is doing that. Then, we have tugs. That’s not what we want to do. We want to get on the same rope, pulling the same way at the end of the day.”
Adams believes the solution to the Jets’ problems is not complicated.
“We need more players and we need more dawgs,” Adams said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Will he tell the front office that?
“You’re damn right,” he said.