The Jets will throw their proven losing head coach to the wolves when the brain trust feels the need to seek shelter from the avalanche of warranted criticism.

Adam Gase will be the sacrificial lamb at some point. He should be. But a larger concern remains for this wayward franchise. A frustrated fan base searching for a flicker of hope has placed its faith in another giant question mark. Joe Douglas has his fingerprints all over this mess, too.

While Gase has become an easy target and whipping boy among the masses, Douglas is hardly blameless for a string of choices that has turned the Jets into the NFL’s unquestioned laughingstock.

Blaming Douglas' predecessor is convenient, lazy and predictable. Although Mike Maccagnan deserves blame for a piece of this train-wreck, he’s been gone for nearly a year and a half. It’s time to close that chapter rather than bludgeon a guy who had nothing to do with the blunders since his ouster.