Tierney on lowly Jets: 'I'm a little worried about the staff and direction'


New York Jets first-year head coach Robert Saleh didn't mince words about his team's pitiful performance against the New England Patriots on Sunday. He told reporters that their division rival "punched us in the freaking mouth," which encapsulated the 54-13 blowout loss at Gillette Stadium.

Through six games under Saleh's watch, the Jets own a point differential of minus-95, the second-lowest mark in the league. They've been outscored in the first half, 106-20, and yet to score points in the first quarter. And to make matters even worse, the Jets gave up 50-plus points to New England for the first time since 1979.

"This is the first time that I'm a little worried about the staff and the direction," Brandon Tierney said during Monday's edition of the Tiki and Tierney show. "Yesterday, among many dark Sundays, may have been my most aggravating. Every week, I've watched my team score no points and never even possess the ball in the first quarter... That, to me, is a real sign to worry about this Jets coaching staff...

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"I didn't expect to win the game, but can you score a touchdown?... We saw some much-needed emotion from Saleh yesterday, postgame. He tried to conceal it, and you just know this guy is a raging beast. You know that he emits real energy. I think he's trying to be a little more buttoned-up than he needs to be, but some of the rawness came out postgame, which I like."

It didn't take too long for the Jets to look inferior. They allowed the Patriots to score touchdowns on their first two possessions, and by halftime, the deficit reached 24 points. As if the afternoon wasn't disastrous enough, Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury early in the second quarter and was later diagnosed with a sprained PCL (expected to miss 2-4 weeks). On Monday, the Jets acquired veteran quarterback Joe Flacco in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Jets are the first team to go scoreless in the first quarter in each of their first six games since the 2008 Detroit Lions, which finished 0-16. Entering Week 8, New York ranks 27th in average yards allowed, 29th in points allowed, and 31st in turnover differential.

New York (1-5) is scheduled to host the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) on Sunday, Nov. 1. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Jets are projected to finish the year with a record of 4-13.

Tiki and Tierney's complete thoughts on Saleh and the Jets can be accessed in the audio player above.

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