New York Jets coach Adam Gase said he was so frustrated with the last second loss to the Las Vegas Raiders that it sent him and the rest of the coaches on the team into a
funk. The Jets were up 28-24 over the Raiders when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams called an all-out blitz and the Raiders ended up scoring a 46-yard touchdown for a 31-28 win.
After the game, NFL pundits and experts described Williams' decision to call an all-out blitz while protecting a four-point lead the dumbest play of the year. "At the start of my career, I heard that for seven years: You have 24 hours to get over it," Gase said, per ESPN.
"I think the only time I've ever been involved in a loss like this was to end a playoff game, so I could be pissed as long as I wanted to because nobody cares. "It's tough. It's tough. Our players will do a good job and they will respond the right way.
They have through this whole thing. As coaches, we have to do the same thing." A day after the loss, the Jets fired defensive coordinator Williams but held no meetings on Monday or Tuesday because Gase wanted to give players some space to get over the loss.
"Doing the virtual meetings, that's probably the one thing that's annoying, because our guys help the coaches pull you out of the funk because those guys come in here with the energy they need to come in here with, and they're ready to go.
That helps more than anything," Gase said.
Gase thought the Jets deserved the win
"Yeah. I was pissed. I felt like our guys played well enough to win," Gase insisted. Jets rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson was the one Raiders rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs lll torched on the game-winning 46-yard receiving touchdown play.
"I'm confident Lamar will bounce back," Gase said. "He's a strong kid. That's all he's done all year. He's a fighter. He didn't get to this place and end up starting on this team without being mentally tough."
Meanwhile, Jets center Connor McGovern said: "Definitely tough on Sunday night and maybe a little tougher on Monday, but we're programmed. Once you watch it, you move on." The Jets, who are only winless team this season, will be hoping to improve to 1-12 when they take on the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday.