New York Jets: The Numbers Don't Lie

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Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Will Tukuafu (92) attempts to receive the ball as quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks on and New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott (57) gives chase during the second half at MetLife Stadium. 49ers won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets are 2-2, on top in the AFC East. It sure doesn’t feel that way, does it? The Jets were wiped off the field in every which way possible. The defense was trampled upon. Other than the Bills game, and moments in the Dolphins game, Mark Sanchez has not been good. The running game has not gotten off the ground, even in the 2 wins. The wide receivers are not gettin open, and other than Santonio Holmes, are not catching the ball when they get open. The defense can’t tackle.

These are just observations, things we as fans can see with the naked eye, that are going wrong with the New York Jets. However, even if you have not watched one down of Jets football so far, you can see why Jets fans are in great panic mode. Look at the numbers. The numbers don’t lie.


The hallmark of a Rex Ryan defense is stopping the run. In the early years of Rex Ryan’s run, the Jets allowed nothing against the run. This year, it has been anything but. Even in the blowout win, CJ Spiller made the Jets defense look silly. Until Reggie Bush came out of the game, he was running through the Jets’ defense like they weren’t even there. The Jets make an interesting habit of arm tackling, and that doesn’t work. It’s obvious to all of us, but just look at the numbers. 31st in the league. The numbers don’t lie.


Tony Sparano was supposed to bring this running game back to prominence. How has that worked out so far? Shonn Greene can’t get out of his own way so far. Bilal Powell has been only marginally better, and Joe McKnight has not been involved in the offense so far. The Wildcat has been more like a tamed Housecat, barely gaining a positive yard anymore. It has not been good. The numbers tell the story. The run first Jets attack is going nowhere so far. 24th in the league. The numbers don’t lie.

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