Sept 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) catches a pass while being defended by San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) during the first half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

2013 New York Jets' Offense: Deja Vu?

May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left) and general manager John Idzik (right) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

We have talked a lot about the reconstruction of the New York Jets’ defense, courtesy of John Idzik and company. It has been based on three words, “younger”, “faster”, and “competition”. There will be competition all over the football field, solely designed to make this team better.

For now, let’s leave Rex’s home alone for a while, and take a look at the more anemic side of the football team, the offense. There haven’t been many big moves there, some have wondered if they have been ignored a bit. They made a lot of low-risk, high-reward moves. Could these result in deja vu? I think that is a distinct possibility. Deja vu of what? Read along and I’ll explain.

The talk has been all about becoming more of a pass first offense based on the West Coast, but let’s look at the roster, as it stands right now.


Let’s look again at the major changes made, starting at running back. Shonn “Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust” is gone. There were varying opinions on the guy, but nobody was really sold on him as a #1 back. His peak performance came as a complimentary player. In his place, we have Chris Ivory. We know his bona fides. Over 5 yards per carry, runs hard through every run like the defense stole his girl. Whenever he has gotten the chance to play, he has played well. Bring back any memories?……


Here is the most recent move, and to me the most brilliant. The 2009 Jets had an excellent receiving tight end, although nobody else was than in love with him. Of whom do I speak? The man, the myth, Dustin Keller. That season, Keller posted 45 receptions for 522 yards and 2 TDs. That same season of 2009, Kellen Winslow Jr posted 77 receptions, 884 yards and 5 TDs. As long as Winslow is healthy, I would consider that an upgrade, wouldn’t you say.


Again, are we looking at supervisors here? Of course not. But Willie Colon and Stephen Peterman are veterans that will fill immediate openings on the offensive line. Brian Winters and company will add much-needed depth to a depleted depth chart on the offensive line.

Remember when our offensive line was dominant? We led the league in rushing? Think about it for a minute while we finish up the report.


There have been no huge moves here, just a lot of moves for depth. Many UDFAs have been through the door, some have stuck, some have not. But no veteran addition? Well, remember the veteran at tight end discussed earlier. And don’t forget, assuming he is healthy, the Jets will be adding a veteran, without having to give one up…….

Remember him?

So where am I going? All the while the Jets have been resurrecting the defense. But, while we haven’t been looking the Jets have added an effective power runner, a veteran tight end that can catch the ball as well as anyone, and much-needed depth to the offensive line.

Is it me, or does this sound more and more like 2009 all over again? Tough running game, great offensive line, and guys that can catch the football?

Obviously we have to see them work together before coming to this conclusion. But, if that is what they are going for, it could be worse.

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  • Piazza31nyj

    Alan, great write up and I think this offense will surprise people as long as we stay healthy. Didn’t we add a veteran receiver? I think we signed Ben Obomanu.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks, appreciate the kind words as always. You are correct on the Obomanu signing, nice job!

  • Dustin Schrank

    I love your view and think you could be right, my only concern is health. I think most of if not all the FAs we signed had injury problems in the past, but its the NFL who hasn’t beeen injured? A defense that can take the ball away and dishearten the other teams offense by making them go 3 and out, with a running attack that alleviates pressure on the QB, TEs that can even catch sanchez off target throws, and SP teams that always leaves your offense in a good spot…..Now thats a winning base even if you pluck in an average QB. I’m pumped but its only June.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Dustin. Agreed, it’s only June, but it seems like they are heading to the right formula. Injuries will happen, that is true. I can’t wait for training camp.

  • Bennny K

    Hey Alan,

    I feel like as a whole we will be better than last year. With Santonio
    down and Keller down through the season we could never give Sanchez the
    supporting cast he needed. I’m not making excuses for Sanchez I just
    feel any QB would have performed badly with our team. I still think we
    need a true threat at WR. Ivory is legit and Winslow is a nice addition
    if he is healthy. We need a threat at WR to stop teams cheating on the run.

    We should sign Lloyd to be an outside threat. This has more positives
    than negatives. He can stretch Ds and open up the run game. It puts less
    pressure on Holmes to come back and gives Hill another year to
    develop. He will help the QB by having a go to guy and can easily be a
    1000 yard guy this year. Sign him to a two year, 1.5 million plus
    incentives this year,750k signing. Next year elevate to 2.5 million with
    incentives If he is positive influence in the locker room and if he
    builds a chemistry with Geno (big maybe).

    Hill may never develop, he was over drafted and I don’t see him ever sticking.

    Holmes is a good number two, and with a supporting cast Kerley can break out. The rest of our guys are truly bench warmers except for maybe Rogers who was successful because he had two good WRs spreading the D for him.

    If no changes are made it may not matter who our QB is.

    Happy Father’s Day!!

    • TheJetPress

      A down the field threat would be wonderful, can’t disagree there. You have to wonder why they haven’t shown interest there yet.

  • Paul Newbold

    Idjik has made some interesting moves on the offensive side. I thought maybe we’d have drafted a TE or WR early, but just goes to show how much I know. Idjik seems to be going the low cost, low risk stop gap players. If they pay off, he’s brilliant, if not he’s a bum..sorry its just the NY way! There are a lot of “IFS” in this scenario, as a fan I hope it all works out. I’m intrigued by the numbers game at RB, this article plugs Ivory in as the #1 back, but the number of backs present at mini camp, has to make one wonder…..C’mon Cortland! It should be interesting.

    • TheJetPress

      Very true, just a prediction that Ivory is the number one. Anything can happen of course, I just don’t see any of them beating him out. Love the low risk, high reward system.