The window of opportunity that the Jets need to take advantage of this offseason is in training camp. Camp in Cortland will help build our “ground and pound” running attack back up to what it was in 2009 (Ranked 1st in the NFL) and 2010 (Ranked 4th).
The Jets ranked 22nd rushing in 2011 and that is just unacceptable for a Rex Ryan team, who thrives on running the ball and playing great defense. The time to fix the running game is now–Especially because we missed that opportunity when the NFL was coming off a year in which players were locked out of team facilities and offseason programs due to CBA negotiations. Jamie Dukes, of NFL Network agrees, that training camp is key for the Jets and our rushing attack in 2012:
“I think they (Jets) addressed them (run problems). The guys name is Tony Sparano. You know that in training camp, THAT’S WHEN you learn how to run the football. And because of what happened last year, (the) lockout and all that other kind of stuff that was going on. And then you add with the New York Jets, they decided to try and see if (Mark) Sanchez could throw the ball 45 times a game. You don’t turn running the football on and off in this league. I’ve never seen it happen where you can do that.”
Dukes goes on, explaining the Jets Offensive Coordinator’s emphasis on his run-first philosophy, “Tony Sparano’s not coming in there (as Jets O.C.) to throw the ball 45 times a game.”