It affects the wide receivers as much as it does the quarterback. When the quarterback has less time to throw, the wide receivers have less time to finish their routes. It leads to miscommunication, broken plays, and turnovers.
When the offensive line breaks down, all of the elements break down.
Don’t forget the effect this will have on Tony Sparano’s job as well. He will be the play caller for the offense, and setting the tone of ground and pound. This is great, as we have discussed at length.
However, if the offensive line isn’t playing well, the running game won’t get off the ground. There will be a lot of second and longs, and third and longs, which will lead to more passing plays. As much as they want to pound it, they won’t be able to if it is constantly 3rd and 10 or longer.
If there are more third and longs, the Jets won’t be scoring a lot. They will be playing low scoring games anyway, but the team will score even less if they are in third and longs, as they are not built that way. If they are behind, they won’t be able to ground and pound, and that will mean more passing plays.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of factors that will be in play for the Jets offense to be successful in 2012. But there is one key.
The offensive line.