2009, Rex and the “Ground and Pound” came to town. Mark was a rookie, so they didn’t want to give him too much to do, so they stuck with that “identity”, and it paid off, to the tune of the leading ground attack in the entire sport, and a trip to the AFC championship game.
They stuck with it in 2010, and although defenses had started to learn the Jets ground and pound philosophy, they did it pretty well for themselves. They were fourth in the league in rushing, won 11 games, and another trip to a title game.
Then, last year. Oy vey, last year. 8-8.
They bring in wide receivers, and attempt to air it out. The problem was that the Jets didn’t have the players with the skill set to do that. They basically were putting the proverbial square peg into the round hole.
And it didn’t work.
The vaunted Jets running attack dropped all the way down to 22nd in 2011. No running game, change in record to 8-8, and no playoff appearance.