2009, the Jets lead the NFL in rushing. Ground and Pound is the way for the New York Jets. What was the known strength of the New York Jets? The offensive line.
You had Alan Faneca and Damien Woody, and the line was a force. Some of the names have changed, but the importance of the line has not.
People talk about Shonn Greene not being an every down back. If you read my posts, you have seen me defend him as an every down back. He performed well in 2011 when the Jets won, and even as an 8-8 team, he did rush for over 4 yards per carry.
In order for him to take the next step, the line has to play well. Emmitt Smith in his prime would not look good behind the Jets offensive line of 2011, or from the first week of preseason 2012. If this continues, the Jets will be Grounded and Pounded.
As we said before, everything breaks down when the offensive line does.
That is why the offensive line is the key to Jets success in 2012.