Willie Gay finds way to give diplomatic answer about Jets offense

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws the ball against the New England Patriots in the first
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws the ball against the New England Patriots in the first / Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com /

It's gotta be hard for any team to gear up to play the New York Jets offense these days. After Aaron Rodgers went down for the season with a torn Achilles injury, the Jets have struggled hard to move the chains on offense with Zach Wilson at the helm instead, but despite the lack of production, the Jets are sticking with Wilson for at least one more game—if not longer.

Wilson was already a young quarterback who'd failed to earn the job outright in New York in the first place, which is why the Jets had to make a major move this offseason to import Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers. But once Rodgers went down, Wilson has been playing worse football than ever before, if that's possible. That means the Kansas City Chiefs defense has a chance to feast after already dominating three teams to start the season.

The Chiefs defense has already thwarted the offensive goals of teams like the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Bears on the season. Experts are picking the Chiefs to win this one handily as well, especially with Wilson 52.4% completion rate and miserable 26.7 QBR rating.

On Wednesday, reporters asked Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay about what the team saw in Zach Wilson and the Jets offense on tape. He responded with a smile and a quick "Damn" before he paused and found an admirable way to be diplomatic.

"A team that wants to run the ball. That wasn’t to be funny or anything but A-Rod got hurt and I turned into a team in panic mode almost." said Gay. "That’s what I see, at least. They’ve got great running backs, so they’re just trying to pound and ground like they did … I feel like the running backs have been rolling, so I feel like that’s their game plan."

Even if you take Gay at his word that he wasn't trying to be funny, the Jets are 22nd in total rushing yards and 15th in average yards/carry, so it's not as if Breece Hall is leading the charge on some Derrick Henry-esque rushing effort. In fact, he's the only factor at all with Dalvin Cook struggling to add much in the ground game with a 2.3 yards/carry average himself.

The Chiefs and Jets are set to kick off in primetime on Sunday Night Football on October 1.