Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) takes a snap from center Nick Mangold (74) against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Time for me to take a break from flapping my jaw for a few minutes.
Wednesday, I gave you all the opportunity to share your opinions about the offense for the upcoming year. Well, you all came out in droves. I got so many responses that I won’t be able to use them all.
So, I will be using as many as possible, trying to give a cross section of fan opinions. So, without further adieu, here is what YOU think about the offense this year.
First, from one of our biggest commenters, Matr Dontelli iii
potentially the most important change the jets made in the offseason was the replacement of the completely overwhelmed tony sparano for a man who regularly heads top ten offenses, marty mornhinweg. to those who haven’t been paying attention, he has done this with different players at each stop, not the same eleven continuously. he makes do with backup quarterbacks and backup skill position players, with elite offensive lines and not-so-elite lines. sparano reduced tebow to a fake punt specialist (which was actually the work of the other coordinator who coached him). quite the upgrade in my opinion. the offensive line, while some parts are new additions, should be competent from the start with mangold, ferguson and howard returning and colon and winters the projected guards. once they get a few games under their collective belts we may see a top-notch line which could propel us to a top-five running game. we’ve seen the ivory and goodson highlights and most of us are drooling while we wait to see them in action. when they’re not running like their jobs are on the line we may see powell and mcknight spelling them. with marty anything is possible coming out of the backfield and given the expected state of the receiving corps we may see the whole bunch of them at times. oh yeah, and we’ve got a new fullback who is known for his blocking and pass catching abilities. marty will probably make him a useful addition as well. these guys will be replacing the production of shonn greene, lex hilliard as well as the ‘forgotten man’ status of mcknight all year and powell for half the season. hmmmm, sounds promising. tight end? wow we lost dustin keller and his 28 receptions for 317 yards. i’ll bet marty is losing tons of sleep over that! good riddance! he should be yet another fine addition for the dolphins. hayden smith’s espresso machine should make up for keller’s production, and if he steps up like many expect? well, we won’t be lamenting the loss of keller if smith steps up. cumberland should be somewhat improved and anything we get from winslow would be bonus yardage. at wide receiver we should see more out of hill, not less, even if it’s only slight improvement. i know holmes health is in question but we’re looking to see improvement on 20 catches for 272 yards. with marty running the offense. should be doable. kerley should get better, not worse. now we’re looking to get more production from spadola, white, obomanu, rogers et. al. than we got from gates, schillens, edwards and the bunch. are you kidding me? i wouldn’t be surprised if rogers tops that bunch by himself. last season we had an overwhelmed quarterback with an overwhelmed coordinator with an underwhelming bunch of no-name, injured and replacement skill position players whose names he didn’t even know at times, often joining the team on tuesday in order to play on sunday, not to mention nobody threatening his job. this year we’ve got the returning starter from last year who claims this offense is perfect for him, as well as a strong-armed and accurate backup who is just as proficient at fumbling as the returning starter (which is my biggest concern with him) as well as probably one of the better third-string qbs in the league. if one falters the other goes in. if he falters the next one is up. the head coach knows he’s coaching for his job and the players know they’re playing for theirs. my biggest concern is injuries, over which we have no control. if we suffer too many injuries we may be in trouble but i still think marty will find a way to make them productive. i expect this offense, despite its perceived deficiencies to improve to mid-level at worst and i wouldn’t be shocked if marty finds a way to get them into the top fifteen of the league. if you have doubts i would suggest listening to fathead mike on wfan and then checking out what a good forecaster he is. then i think you’ll agree.
Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Next, we hear from Gavin Buck, checking in from London:
My view is that despite the myriad of questions re. the jets offense which have been discussed ad nauseum, the upshot is, how on earth can it be worse than last year?
2012 saw a feature back for whom a 4 yard carry on 1st down was a cause for celebration. A receiving corps who could not stay healthy and when they were on the field were attached, limpet-like to coverage and if they did escape it, they drpped it. You had injured tight ends plus one whose understanding of a hot route was so inept he got hit in the head.
Then there was the QB situation with a guy who completely lost all confidence and when he did make a play and got some rhythm, he was yanked so Tebow could run the ball for two yards.
All this was ked by Sporano. Nuff said.
With all the 2012 shenanigans, I think the only way is up for this offense as it cannot get any worse.
Next up is Mike Ravica:
I think unless Sachez has a huge meltdown he will play the whole season. I think the team learned their lesson with Tebow and Sanchez in his early years and will do everything in their power not to rush Geno into the starting role until he is fully ready. I think Sanchez will surprise us all a little and score somewhere around 22 touchdowns and have around 16 turnovers. The running game will definitely be improved and I could see Ivory rushing over 1000 yards or at least have that from scrimmage and have Goodson add another 600ish yards too. With the improved line the offense will definitely be better than last year, I am a firm believer in the idea that games are won in the trenches and our team will lay it all on the line no matter who is under center. Maybe I’m being a little too optimistic but I think our offense will definitely have a little more zip than last year and Sanchez will be the one to lead the team.
This is another of our regular readers, Dean Barbella:
Regarding the new Offensive Coordinator, I think, we finally have Rex’s equal in Marty Mornhinweg. That said, Marty hasn’t had a chance to pick his groceries – see last four Jets 1st rounders (all Defense).
Marty needs to make due with who’s here. Underachievers like McKnight might blossom, and guys like Ivory and Goodson might stumble.
This is a roster in transition; yet, will eventually prevail – just fast enough for Sanchez to keep his job. We have a too many changes on the offensive line and a brutal October versus Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New England.
Even if the offensive line holds up and Sanchez doesn’t check down, will he have anyone to throw to?
Santonio is trying to bounce back from Lisfranc injury, and a raw development project in Stephen Hill. Good news is West Coast offense is predicated on short timing routes and Jeremy Kerley is King. Our Tight Ends… Not so good?!
Regarding the QB competition, there Good News and Bad News.
The Bad News is, Sanchez wins the starting job. The Good News is he’ll get benched. The Jets will experiment with Geno at Brad Smith role; and he’ll finish with the season with as our starter.
Even better, Jets will draft a real QB, like Teddy Bridgewater with our 1st round pick. Walterfootball.com is projecting 5-QBs selected in the Top-10.
Regarding the Running Back group, Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson (Thunder & Lightening) should be much improved over Shonn Greene. Yet, temper your enthusiasm for the ground and pound, because our line is still developing. Plus, a lot of yards are gonna come from catches out of the backfield and finding open field mix matches in the flat.
Again, guys already on our roster, like Joe McNight and Bilal Powell could have markedly improved contributions, because they catch well. The Rumor Mill has it that McKnight is on the bubble, but don’t count him out – like he said… “over his dead body.”
Regarding the Wide Receiving Corps, the best case scenario is (a) Holmes is healthy (b) Stephen Hill learns to separate from the defense… not the football (c) Jeremy Kerley just keeps on getting better! (d) a UDFA like Zach Rogers steps up. (e) That’s a lot of ifs, so I don’t think it’s gonna happen.
May 10, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith (7) talks with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg (right) during New York Jets rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s hear next from Steven Windeler:
The biggest off season acquisition was Marty Mornhinweg. Shotty was bad, but Sporano had no sense of a plan at all. We still won 6 games which I think is a testament to Rex’ ability. Marty is not going to let the QB sit back there and double clutch. He’s not going to keep backs, and TEs in to block when they are not capable. He’ll have them run hot routes instead, and get the ball out quickly. He won’t tip off the defense, but set them up with similar looking plays. Santonio, Hill, and Geno are the biggest questions. If they all play well we could have a pretty good offense, but even without them MM will make us an average offense, which is the best we’ve ever had under Rex. With Rex’ taking back control of the defense, I think that’ll be enough to keep us in every game. It all comes down to how many we pull out, but we’ll be far from the laughing stock the media is hoping for.
Finally a post from user “Piazza31nyj”:
I know for a fact that the offense will be nothing like we’ve saw from last year’s unit. Marty will make us a competent offense that is probably going to rank 20th-23rd. The passing game won’t be great but I think Hill and Cumberland will grow tremendously from last year. The Jets offense will run the ball just as much as they pass and that is a good thing. I think as long as he stays healthy Ivory will have a 1000 yard season.
So for the most part, either by default or improvement, we think that the offense will improve this season. I am sure I am not the only that hopes you are right.