Jamal Adams explains why Jets blew 16-0 lead to Bills
With third-year New York Jets safety Jamal Adams entering a position of leadership and pride on the team’s defense, he is also tasked with the hardship of explaining tough losses, like Week 1’s heartbreaking home defeat to the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills scored 17 unanswered points, dashing the Jets’ 1-0 hopes and cutting through a thin Gang Green defense to win the ball game despite turning the ball over on four different occasions (one pick-six, too).
Speaking to the media after the loss, Adams tried to put things in perspective for the Jets (via The Athletic’s Connor Hughes):
The Jets built a 16-point lead in Sunday’s season opener against the Bills at MetLife Stadium. They took a 13-point margin into the fourth quarter. Then — as was the case four times last season — they blew it. Losers, 17-16.
“I feel like our energy died,” said Adams. “We stopped playing team ball.”
Later in the article, Adams said, “We know how to win,” though the Jets are 9-24 since Adams was drafted by NYJ.
Adams is a premier talent for the Jets, covering an incredible amount of ground as a defensive back who often switches to man-to-man coverage or even looking for plays to blitz. Despite New York’s 2017 first-round selection’s talent, their cornerbacks might be the worst group in the NFL, with No. 1 CB Trumaine Johnson being repeatedly targeted by Buffalo’s Josh Allen. Johnson was burned on multiple occasions, extending drives and gaining first downs for the Bills.
Adams and the Jets will need to pick up their “energy” in Week 2—a Monday Night Football showdown with 0-1 Cleveland Browns.