Rivalry with Dolphins takes backseat as Jets playing for 2020 – New York Post


Welcome to the beginning of the 2020 Jets season.

The 2019 season is essentially over at 4-8, but the Jets have four more games to play, starting with Sunday’s game against the 3-9 Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. These games are no longer about what they can do this season, but getting a jump on next year.

After last week’s humiliating loss in Cincinnati, the Jets could pack it in, but the players and coaches said that won’t happen this week.

“We’ve got a good group of guys,” veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said. “Guys could have gotten off point when we were 1-7 and they didn’t. I think it will be fine. Guys still love to be around each other, love to come to work and continue to build on something that I think can be good if not this year, then next year.”

Technically, the Jets still have a playoff chance, but the odds of getting a sunburn Sunday afternoon are greater. They will be eliminated officially if they lose to the Dolphins or the Titans and Steelers win.

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Adam Gase talks to Sam Darnold (left) and David Fales.Getty Images

With no playoffs to shoot for, it is about playing for pride and trying to end the season strongly with the hopes of building some momentum into next year.

“The record is what it is,” linebacker Neville Hewitt said. “You’ve got the opportunity of a lifetime playing in this league. Each game is an interview. It’s not just our team. It’s 31 other teams that are watching you play. Our chances of making the playoffs are very slim, but at the end of the day, you look at the next game and put your best foot forward and try to win that game.”

The Jets lost to these Dolphins last month, Miami’s first win of the season. It was an embarrassing loss for coach Adam Gase, who spent the past three seasons coaching the Dolphins.

There is nothing Gase would love more than to exact some revenge on his former team, but it won’t be easy. The Jets continue to be decimated by injuries. The latest position group hit hard is the secondary. Cornerback Brian Poole (concussion) is definitely out, and starting safety Jamal Adams (ankle) and cornerback Arthur Maulet (calf) are not expected to play.

That is going to lead to some shuffling back there and could result in veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick having a big day. The Jets’ offense may have to put up big numbers to keep up.

Tryouts for the 2020 Jets begin now.

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