If there was ever a cruel demonstration of the dichotomy between employer and employee — which is as much an American tradition as apple pie and white picket fences — we saw it late Sunday afternoon- noon in the bowels of MetLife Stadium.
Jets cornerback Lamar Jackson, 22, allowed a game-winning 46-yard touchdown. at Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III with five seconds left in regulation, blowing a four-point lead and relegating the Jets to 0-12.
It was a touchdown that was as much Jackson’s fault as the Jets fan at home screaming at their TV when Derek Carr’s rainbow pass fell into the open arms of Ruggs, who used a double quick move to pass Jackson on the left sideline. The rookie cornerback was set up to fail from the start – the victim of an extremely bad and selfish play call from defensive coordinator Gregg Williams given the situation.
According ESPN statistics and information, it was the 253rd instance in the past 15 years of a team trailing between four and eight points with 15 seconds or less remaining in regulation time and more than 40 yards from the end zone. The Jets were the first team in this group to rush six or more defenders, sending seven to Carr while the secondary was in a “Cover-0” format, meaning there were no deep safeties. to help cornerbacks cover receivers man-to-man. .
“I couldn’t believe they blew us all away,” Carr said. “As soon as I saw it, I was grateful.”
But while Williams had the opportunity to hide from answering for his stupid decision-making, Jackson took the stance like a pro and placed the blame on his shoulders.
“I heard the call and I have to carry it out,” Jackson said. “I didn’t execute it to the best of my abilities or the way I wanted. It’s difficult, but at the same time, I also know that this call is not going to define me or my career.
He at least had the backing of teammate safety Marcus Maye, who questioned Williams’ decision to sabotage the Jets’ chances of a first win in about 49 weeks.
“This situation just has to be a better call,” Maye said. “We have to perform, but you have to help us at the same time.”
Williams normally speaks with the media every Friday, as required by the NFL. Coaches are required to speak at least once a week. But instead of leaving out his young players or even his head coach – who often deserves the brunt of the blame – Williams needs to take some form of responsibility and explain what he was watching that no one else saw on Sunday. afternoon.