The New York Jets came into the 2019 season with hopes of being a playoff contender. However, eight games into the campaign and Gang Green are much closer to earning the number one pick in next year’s draft than to earning a post-season spot.

In what must be the team’s most painful result of the season so far, they lost to the winless Miami Dolphins on Sunday. When asked if such a turn of events embarrassed him, head coach Adam Gase told NFL News, “It’s the NFL. You can’t be embarrassed by this s---.”

Gase may be unembarrassed but if his team’s performances hold, he will surely be unemployed by the end of the season. If losing to a team that is actively tanking the season doesn’t suggest as much, nothing will.

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Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the New York Giants during their preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

The Jets went on a 75-yard, 11-play touchdown drive to start Sunday’s contest. However, the subsequent 52 plays yielded 241 yards but no points. That just about sums up Gase’s year as Jets head coach.

Gang Green average a league-worst 223.5 yards per game on offense, 36.6 fewer yards than their next leading competitor, the Washington Redskins. They are also averaging the joint-fewest points per game with just 12, tied with the same Redskins.

Sam Darnold, starting quarterback, is finding life especially difficult under Adam Gase with the Jets’ passing game also the worst in the league. They average just 157.3 passing yards each game and Darnold has only passed for 3 touchdowns all season.

That lack of progress by the sophomore QB might be even more worrisome than the team’s 1-7 record. Darnold was praised as a five-star recruit in college and such struggles are unexpected from the young man.

With the rest of the squad similarly struggling, the lowest common denominator looks like Adam Gase. The coach’s comments after the loss to Miami suggest that he knows the team’s patience is wearing thin,

"You don't put in all this time and effort to come out here and lose. We've got to get things fixed. That's what they know. That's what I told them. That what other guys in the locker room are saying the same thing."

Should Gase not right the ship, it is a near-certainty it will be a one-and-done at Metlife Stadium for him.