The Jets offense has been difficult to watch of late, hasn’t it? Since the Patriots game, which they probably should have won, the Jets have scored one offensive touchdown, and that covers the last two games. I don’t know about you, but it feels like a lot longer than that since the offense has played well. When the Dolphins scored a TD on offense last night, I actually found myself asking the editor of phinphantic.com, our Dolphins site, how an offensive touchdown feels. It seems that I have forgotten.
With that said, we move ahead to the final seven games of 2012, and we try to be optimistic. Granted, that is difficult. Anyone that has watched the Jets offense these days will find it difficult. Despite the consistent positivity from head coach Rex Ryan, it’s hard to feel excited moving forward. So I went on a hunt to find some positive things to hold onto as we go forward. My search was successful. They aren’t huge things, but they exist, and anything we find can help.
You know how coach Ryan has said that the running attack has been better of late? With the team getting beaten up so badly, it seemed hard to believe. I thought how could that be? Nothing has looked good on offense at all. But, you know what? Rex is right. Take a look at the running attack for the first 3 games of the season, when the Jets went 2-1:
90 carries, 301 yards, 3.34 yards per carry
Now, take a look at the numbers over the last 3, which we all know, the Jets have lost:
76 carries, 295 yards, 3.88 yards per carry
Take a look at that, over .5 yards per carry better. Believe it or not, that is a pretty significant number. No I am not saying that averaging 3.88 yards per carry on the ground is the pinnacle of “Ground and Pound”. But what I AM saying is that compared to where they came from, this is a significant improvement. We can attest the decrease in rushing attempts to the fact that the Jets have been behind for almost every minute of these three games. But, keep in mind that the offensive line is learning an entire new blocking scheme with coach DeGuglielmo. The increase in production shows that they are starting to come around as an offensive line, and should only get better as we move ahead.