Better Offensive Line Play is Key to New York Jets playoff run


The game of football begins with the play of the offensive and defensive lines, it is won and lost there, and without consistency from either, a game can go south very quickly. This is what happened yesterday against the Bills and pretty much every loss the Jets have had this season. One week the O line will open gaping holes for our running backs and pass block well enough to keep Geno upright and clean, and the next week it’s a disaster. The Jets win over the Saints proves how good of a team the Jets can beat when the offensive line is able to pass protect well and run block as well as they did.

In the Bills game Geno Smith was sacked 4 times and hit 8, including one hit that was brutal enough to take him out of the game for a play and make every Jet fans heart skip a beat. No quarterback should be expected to carry a team to victory with the amount of pressure Geno Smith faced this past Sunday. Furthermore, the rookie quarterback will need help from the running game, and this also requires solid play from the offensive line. In the win over the Saints, the Jets O-line opened holes big enough to allow Chris Ivory to average 7.7 yards per carry, and requiring only 115 yards from Geno. This is the formula used in Rex Ryans rookie year as a coach, which allowed him to take the Jets to the AFC championship game with a rookie quarterback.

 

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