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Adam Gase considers making changes to Jets weakest link

2019-10-01

Offensive line changes might be on the horizon for Adam Gase’s struggling offense.

A week after the Jets head coach admitted there have been fundamental and technique issues up front, he hinted personnel adjustments could be coming.

“As far as the o-line goes, we're going to work through that this week and kind of figure out what's best for us to do on Sunday,” Gase said. “I would just say this: All those guys know that we're coming in this week, we're competing and we're going to put the five guys that we think give us our best chance out there. Not really sure who that's going to be quite yet.”

Although veteran center Ryan Kalil has received the bulk of the criticism for the line’s subpar play, there have been breakdowns across the board at different times during the first three games.

“There are definitely some things that we have to clean up,” Gase said. “There are some things that we have to clean up from a coaching aspect. There are some things that we've got to clean up from a play-caller perspective.”

“Going forward,” Gase said, “what we need to do is take what we’re practicing and the way we’re practicing and the speed we’re practicing with and really transfer that over to Sundays, which we haven’t done yet. We’ve just got to keep looking to figure out what are the best five guys for us.”

The offensive line depth lies in the interior. There’s a fair amount of confidence in center Jonotthan Harrison, who was the presumptive starter in the spring before Kalil was lured out of retirement.

Veteran Tom Compton, who played center and guard for Gase’s team in the offseason, is also a viable option. Don’t forget Alex Lewis, who arrived via trade this summer.

The Jets obviously can’t overhaul the line at this point. Chemistry up front matters. So, Harrison and/or Compton, who got starter reps this offseason, would make the most sense. Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele has been dealing with a knee issue that hindered him last season in Oakland.

“Obviously, those discussions are always going to happen,” Gase said of shuffling the line. “It’s part of the way the NFL is structured. When you’re 0-3 and things stay the same, then that’s our fault. We’ve got to figure out what the best thing for us to do moving forward.”