Jets would be smart to switch to West Coast offense
By Samuel Sutton
The New York Jets are entering a season with a team that is filled with young talent. A basic West Coast offense could give those young offensive players some confidence.
This New York Jets team is a young one, that’s for sure. They have a lot of players on both sides of the football who aren’t even above their fifth year. If they want to help boost the confidence of their players, especially the one’s on offense, then they need to switch to a West Coast playbook.
It’s going to be tough trying to win games with a new, relatively inexperienced quarterback in Bryce Petty, two young wide receivers in Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson and a rookie tight end in Jordan Leggett. These young guys will need a system where they can take a lot of time off the clock, get plenty of short passes, and occasionally throw a bomb down field. The West Coast offense would do just that.
It isn’t too hard to learn, it’s very basic and it would tally up a lot of yardage for the team’s young players. Also, it gets the tight end involved, which is something this team has historically struggled with.
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Leggett is a solid tight end, and he’s ready to play. If he’s given the opportunity, then he will easily be able to perform at the NFL level. This type of offense would give him that opportunity. Another positive with this offense is that it gives the quarterback a lot of completions because it mostly consists of short passes.
This would help boost the confidence of a young quarterback, which would be good because this team has three of them (Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and, if they decide to keep him, Dave Evans).
One last positive of this scheme is that it takes pressure off of the quarterback with a lot of handoffs. The Jets have two starting caliber running backs (Matt Forte and Bilal Powell), and they just signed a player who could play fullback effectively (Anthony Firkser). This would keep the quarterback from getting hit so much, and it could give a lot of confidence to the running backs.
Bottom line is that this offensive scheme would help out this young offense immensely. While this team probably won’t win a lot of football games in 2017, it could at least run this system and boost the confidence of its offensive players all season long.