“Can’t win for losing”? Maybe, but apparently the New York Jets can lose by winning.
The Jets’ stunning 23-20 road victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams means they no longer have the inside track to drafting the consensus top college prospect, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Avoiding what would have been just the third 0-16 season in NFL history was no reason for celebration, according to many Jets fans.
@caseyski5 wrote: “This is the single lowest moment as a @nyjets fan. There was hope for the future. We are handed a franchise QB and we win a meaningless game. This is going to set the franchise back years. Lawrence was going to be our answer. Words can’t describe this pain.”
If the 1-13 Jacksonville Jaguars and Jets both lose their final two games, the Jaguars will “earn” the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft because of tiebreakers.
For many Jets backers, especially those critical of current QB Sam Darnold, this is tough to swallow.
Rams coach Sean McVay wanted to throw up.
“In all three phases, it wasn’t good enough,” McVay said. “… Sick to your stomach about it, but we do have two games left.”
Jets coach Adam Gase is just trying to remain employed.
“Hey, our job is to go out and try to win every week,” Gase said, later adding, “it’s been too long for us to even remember what a win feels like almost.”
Darnold, the Jets’ top pick (No. 3 overall) in 2018, said Lawrence wasn’t a consideration.
“It doesn’t affect us,” Darnold said. “We’re focused on one job every single week, and that’s winning a game. Anything other than that, we’re not focused on.”