Adam Gase was not bubbling over at his news conference following the Jets' 34-17 win over Washington that wasn't that close. But then again, that's not Gase's style. He was quietly, analytically happy with the way his Jets put together their week of work leading up to their third win of the season, their first road win, and the first two-game winning streak under his command.
"I think guys have done a good job of refocusing on Wednesday when they come in and try to get better that week, practicing hard," Gase said. "I've been very impressed with how these guys have stayed consistent as far as practicing goes. We're executing a little bit better. We've just got to keep finding ways to do that and get better each week."
That was accomplished from the closer but still rewarding 34-27 home win over the Giants and this victory over their third NFC East opponent, during which the lead swelled to as much as 31 points at 34-3 before the Redskins put two touchdowns on the board late. Gase pointed to the consistency displayed the past couple of games.
"The last two weeks I've felt that way. If we scored every drive, we wouldn't lose any games. It happens, it's the NFL," he said. "The other team's going to do some good things and they'll stop us every once in a while. As long as we're consistent and we can kind of fight through those times where it's four or five plays and you punt and figure out a way to get some points on the board next time."
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In general, the offense was remarkably, consistently in Washington's end zone. The 400 yards on the nose was their first game to reach that plateau in 21 games, or since Denver last year. The five total touchdowns were the Jets' most since Green Bay last year, their five offensive TDs the most since Miami at home in 2015.
And when you talk about the offense, you have to start with the top dude, Sam Darnold, who became the first Jet to throw four touchdown passes in a game since Ryan Fitzpatrick in that Miami win in '15, and the first to do it on the road since Chad Pennington at Detroit in '02.
"I thought it was good," Gase said of Darnold's play, using "good" to mean a little more than just good. "He had the one play that we all want back. I know he does. ... He's probably feeling more comfortable. He knows what he likes, knows what he doesn't like, and he's not afraid to say it. He's taking more control of everything, on the field, off the field, in meeting rooms, in film study, in practice. Anytime your quarterback gets like that, that's a good thing for us."
Then there was another superb performance by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams getting his battered and bruised unit ready to do battle, and specifically S Jamal Adams, who today took down rookie QB Dwayne Haskins three times to give him six for the season, both numbers setting Green & White franchise records for sacks by a DB.
As for Williams, he had to mold a winning game plan knowing he would be without two corners who had combined for 39 career starts and 12 starts for the Jets this season (Darryl Roberts and Nate Hairston) and had to plug in two more CBs who had combined for three pro starts and one start this season (Arthur Maulet and Bless Austin). Granted, Haskins was making only his second NFL start and his receiving corps, except for rookie Terry McLaurin, was banged up and not downfield threats.
Still, Williams' D allowed 225 yards, their lowest output yielded this season. And six sacks of Haskins combined with 10 sacks the previous two games has given the Jets 16 sacks, their most in a three-game span since 1981.
"They had a good plan going in and I know they felt good as far as trying to get to him," Gase said. "Just try to put as much pressure on him as possible, keep tight coverage and see if he can make the tough throws."
Put it all together and this win, while not perfect, was a dominant showing. That it came in what is now a 3-7 season instead of a 7-3 campaign doesn't make some feel fan-tastic, but it still has its place in helping turn around this year and set the stage for 2020.
"We're just focusing on just for us to get better. We're trying to put one drive at a time together. I know it sounds cliché, but our guys are trying to focus on just staying in the moment and not looking ahead, not looking behind,: he said, "and I think they've done a good job the last two weeks."