New York Jets head coach Adam Gase doesn’t plan on making many adjustments to his game plan with Luke Falk starting at quarterback.
A New York Jets season that started with optimism has seemingly reached the brink of collapse entering their Week 3 matchup with the New England Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS). Sam Darnold is going to miss his second game with mono, and Trevor Siemian is out for the season with an ankle injury.
The team is thus turning to Luke Falk, a former sixth-round pick who was cut after training camp this season and had never been on the 46-man gameday roster of a team until Monday night. In addition to making his first start, Falk will have to match up against one of the best defensive minds in football, Bill Belichick.
Despite all that, head coach Adam Gase plans to let Falk run the full offense.
“I really didn’t have to adjust much,” Gase told reporters, via ESNY’s Robby Sabo. “I was probably being too cautious. I probably held him back a little bit.”
Gase went on to compliment Falk’s understanding of the playbook.
“He knows the offense, he trusts the guys around him. He does a good job communicating everything. Very quick on his feet, very smart. I think he does a good job staying within the play. He executes what we’re asking to do well. And he can get us out of bad plays as well.”
The Jets will need Falk to be at his best to have any chance. Their offensive line has struggled, and the secondary has had massive issues, with Trumaine Johnson getting benched against the Cleveland Browns.
That leaky secondary has to contend with Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon, with Tom Brady throwing the ball to them. It could get ugly. In fact, the spread has the Patriots winning by over three touchdowns, as they are 22.5 point favorites.
With that large of a blowout expected, there’s no reason to not let Falk loose and see what happens. And it seems that Gase intends to do exactly that.