The New York Jets are at a crossroads, more than they have been in quite a long time. Think about it. They went from 2 trips to the AFC title game, to two years of collapse, and circus. In a league where you look for consistency, you certainly don’t find it with those numbers. That type of inconsistency really leaves the team at a major crossroads. Where do they go this year?
You have a crossroads on the coaching staff and in the front office. On the one hand is Rex Ryan, and his returning set of coaches. They have seen it go well, and believe they can bring the team back in 2013. On the other hand, we have new GM John Idzik, and the beginning of a new era. General managers typically like to bring their own coaches in, so we are all waiting or this to play out.
Now, we go to the offense. We leave the defense alone, Rex is there, the defense will be some hybrid of what we have always seen. But not the offense. Out goes Tony Sparano, and in comes Marty Mornhinweg. If history repeats itself, gone are the days of “run on first, run on second, pass on third.”, and in its place is the West Coast offense, and its horizontal passing style.
However, remember with a new offensive style is going come the need for new players. Well, that’s not always true, sometimes you have players that are unique and are able to play in all of the styles. But, have you seen the Jets roster? The offensive skills on the Jets roster are lacking.
So, we know that the Jets’ offense has some inefficiencies, some of the skilled position players could be more consistent. The system they have been running wasn’t working, so in comes Mornhinweg to begin implementing the new system.
With an existing coach and a new GM, thee will always be the wonder about who is in charge, and here isn’t any different. They are changing offensive styles, how are they changing players to compensate? If you look at it, it very well could be giving you an insight into who is in charge, and you may not like it. Let’s look at the key additions so far:
RB CHRIS IVORY
RB MIKE GOODSON
OG WILLIE COLON
OG STEPHEN PETERMAN
I am not including rookies in this discussion because they are not guaranteed to be great. When changing philosophies, in my opinion, you need to bring in veterans that are guaranteed to influence the change, so that is why you see these four. Yes, I know the UDFAs have a great many WRs in the group.
So, let’s look at the big four free agent additions on the offensive side of the football. Ivory, Goodson, Colon, and Peterman. Where these positions of need? Absolutely. The offensive line needs two starters, and they may be right here. We know how bad the running game was last year, and the Jets brought in two potential RB ones.
What’s my point? Where are the additions that are going to promote “Marty Ball”? I don’t see the WR/TE help. As we have talked about time and time again, WRs that can get open and run for yards after the catch will make that offense work. What have the Jets done there? Other than a few rookies, nothing.
Yes, this offense has improved. But can’t you look at this roster and say it is an improved “Ground and Pound” team?
I guess time will tell.