FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's never easy to lose your job, but in the NFL it's part of the business when you underperform. In this league, coaches get fired quickly whether it's deserved or not. Jets' offensive coordinator Chan Gailey hasn't been able to live up to the lofty expectations this team had entering the year, and this Sunday should be the last time he calls plays for Gang Green.
Last season, the Jets finished 10-6 with an offense that ranked tenth best in the league. The team had one of the best red zone offenses in the league due to Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Ryan Fitzpatrick all performing at high level.
This year, the Jets have one of the worst offenses in the league, and are averaging only 16.3 points per game. The only teams with a worst output are the Los Angeles Rams, whom the Jets lost to 9-6, and the Cleveland Browns who the Jets barley squeaked by 31-28. From drive forfeiting runs, predictable play calls, and inexplicable third and one passes -- this Jets offense has been flat out bad.
"A myriad of things that happened at different times created problems for us," Gailey said.
To be fair, this offense has faced a litany of issues. Injuries have stockpiled especially on the offensive line, forcing players to play out of position. Decker went to IR early in the season which limited what this unit could do. At the same token, this team hasn't played to the strengths of the personnel which is alarming. Gailey simply hasn't been able to supplement the teams struggles into the right direction.
Wide out Quincy Enunwa showed everyone why he should be a focal point of the offense in the first game against the Cincinnati Bengals. But as the season progressed we've seen less and less involvement from Enunwa. Running back Bilal Powell has performed well as of late, but the fact that it took 14 weeks and injuries to Matt Forte, to realize that Powell is the best runner is disappointing. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is another player that's been underutilized. Too many times this offense has looked complacent in a rabbit hole ineptness.
Some of the blame has to fall on head coach Todd Bowles with the way the quarterback position has been handled. His refusal to bench Fitzpatrick didn't allow Gailey to open up the passing game, and of course, injuries also made this offense a nightmare to watch. Gailey called this season "unsettling," and one of the worst he's experienced as a coach.
"I've not been through one like this," Gailey said.
Change is a good thing and the Jets will make many internal adjustments this offseason.
It's still unclear if Gailey will return to the Jets next year, but his desire to coach still holds strong.
"I'll always love to coach," said Gailey.
Sunday, Gailey faces his former team, as the Jets look to sweep the Buffalo Bills for the first time since 2011. Gailey served as Buffalo's head coach during the 2010-2012 seasons, and finished with a record of 16-32.
The future of this team is dissipating with every offensive snap, and that trend should end after Sunday.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).