When the New York Jets’ decision-makers devised their offseason strategy, they focused on ways to improve Sam Darnold. Confident in his talent and growth potential, they sought to build a better cast around him. It was a sound plan: If you have a potential franchise quarterback, give him tools to succeed.
So they gifted him Le’Veon Bell, arguably the best dual-threat running back in the NFL.
They traded for former Pro Bowl guard Kelechi Osemele. Later, in training camp, they lured center Ryan Kalil, another former Pro Bowler, out of retirement.
Now it’s on Darnold to galvanize the pieces and make it an “electric” offense, the word he used last week to describe his expectations for the unit.
No, the Jets weren’t electric in Week 1. Truth be told, they blew a fuse in their 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. While Bell and Jamison Crowder were impressive in their debuts, accounting for 87% of the yards, the rest of the cast — headed by Darnold — was out of sync and ineffective. The offense produced eight points, same as the defense — not the kind of ratio that will help them Monday night in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns (0-1).