New offensive system should heavily focus on passing game
With a new offensive coordinator in town, it’s time the New York Jets did something completely different on offense since they have the talent to do so. That’s right, it’s all about a new pass-oriented playbook.
Youth. Speed. Potential. These are just a few of the attributes that the New York Jets currently have when it comes to all their receiving options on offense heading into the upcoming season. Despite not having an established quarterback under center, the Jets stocked up on young, high-quality players to really push the envelope on offense.
Chan Gailey was relieved of his duties this offseason as the Jets brought in John Morton to be their new offensive coordinator. Morton brings with him a high-octane mentality when it comes to fielding an offense that consistently keeps those chains moving through the air.
For years now, the Jets have usually been known as a ground-and-pound rushing offense. They emphasized on bolstering their offensive line and having running backs with different styles of attack. Whether it was a power runner, a running back that had finesse, or even a dual-threat player that could be a receiving target out of the backfield, the Jets have pretty much done it all when it comes to running the football.
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Since the Jets are rebuilding towards youth, they have a ton of speedy receiving options that can make big plays once the football is in their hands. It makes sense for Morton to install a new offensive system that focuses on short to medium passes and let the receivers do all the work after the catch.
To make the offense even more exciting is the fact that the Jets actually drafted a top tight end that should finally bring production out a position that has been forgotten over the years. Tight end Jordan Leggett will finally be able to add a threat from the position to actually haul in receptions and hopefully, score touchdowns along the way.
Overall, Morton needs to make a playbook that heavily focuses on the passing game. Whether it’s Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg, they both have the required arm strength to put their receiving options in a position to take the top off of defenses. It’s time the Jets ditched the old way of rushing for first downs and touchdowns and focus on an aerial attack. If the Jets were wise, they would go in the path of a 70-30 percent ratio of passing to rushing come the regular season.