NY Jets: Offensive linemen are the unsung heroes

By Michael Pallas

The offensive line of the NY Jets have truly come together when the team needed it most as they are the unsung heroes of the team.

The Jets’ offensive line isn’t getting the credit they deserve for the team’s resurgence this season.  During the last two seasons, the Jets’ offensive line play has been atrocious.  They couldn’t establish the run, nor could the protect their young upstart quarterback in Geno Smith.

They allowed a total of 288 sacks and QB hits in 2013 and 2014.  Things have changes this season however.  This group has allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick and Smith (1 game) to be hit or sacked for a total of only 73 times (18 sacks and 55 QB hits).  That ranks fourth in the NFL.

This has definitely helped Fitzpatrick to become the quarterback that he has.  Despite only having played 13 of the 14 games for the Jets, Fitzpatrick has set career highs in wins and touchdowns.  If he plays the final three games, he will also likely become the first Jets quarterback ever to pass for 30 touchdowns in one season.

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In addition to the passing game, the running game has improved statistically as well.  The team’s leading rusher, Chris Ivory, while his yards per carry are down, carries, total yards and touchdowns are higher now that all of the last two seasons.

Unfortunately for the Jets, despite being the sixth seed at the moment, they don’t control their own destiny.  However, with this offensive line taking care of business, they could be a dangerous team if they make the NFL Playoffs.