Can the Jets Effectively Run Ground and Pound?

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Rex came on the scene in the year 2009, and took the Jets by storm with the concept, and it paid great dividends, as the Jets led the league in rushing with 2,756 yards, and they averaged 4.5 yards per carry, en route to the AFC Championship game.

Now look at that starting offensive line:

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Alan Faneca, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Damien Woody. And they were feared as one of the top lines in football.

Next, 2010, the Jets improve their record to 11-5, and again make a run to the AFC Championship game. They made a small step backwards in the running game, ranking 4th with 2,374 yards rushing, and averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Now, the line:

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Damien Woody. See? for the first time, a cog from the 2009 group is removed, and they take a step back.

Finally, 2011. We know the team results, 8-8, the first time Rex misses the playoffs, and a broken locker room. As far as the running game is concerned, 22nd in the league with 1,692 yards rushing, and a meager 3.8 yards per carry.

You all know the change here, but I’m going to tell you anyway. The offensive line in 2011:

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Wayne Hunter. Another removal of a lineman from 2009, and again a step back. This time a major one.

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Tags: Alan Faneca Alan Schechter Brandon Moore D'Brickashaw Ferguson Damien Woody Ground And Pound Matt Slauson NIck Mangold NY Jets Rex Ryan Tony Sparano Wayne Hunter