The New York Jets inadvertently prevented running back Breece Hall from achieving a 1,000-yard season due to a miscalculation in Week 18.
Hall’s impressive performance against the New England Patriots on Sunday, with 17 carries for 178 yards and a touchdown in the 17-3 victory, left him merely six yards short of securing a 1,000-yard rushing season in the NFL. Unfortunately, a mistake by the coaching staff, as acknowledged by Jets head coach Robert Saleh, led to inaccurate calculations.
“Yeah, we were aware,” Saleh told reporters on Monday. “One of our mathematicians was wrong. We thought he got it, but then we were 10 yards off. But we were trying to get it for him on that last run; otherwise, we would have taken a knee.”
Despite falling short at 994 rushing yards, Hall displayed a positive attitude, expressing that he wasn’t overly upset. He emphasized his potential to be one of the best backs in the NFL, and considering this was his first healthy season after tearing his ACL in 2022, Hall remains optimistic for future opportunities.
While it may seem straightforward to calculate the yards needed to reach 1,000, the Jets’ mistake adds to a series of errors that have characterized their disappointing season.