With a new offensive coordinator, John Morton, expect the New York Jets offense to put up big numbers in 2017.
Since the AFL-NFL merger, the New York Jets have always been known as a defensive-oriented team. In fact, nine times they finished in the top-10 in both scoring defense and total defense, finishing number one in both categories in 2009. They have finished in the top-10 in scoring defense 12 times and in total defense 14 times.
On the flip side, the Jets rarely have finished in the top ten in scoring or total offense let alone together. They have finished in the top-10 in total offense seven times and in scoring offense eight times.
In 1972, 1982, 1985, and 1998, they finished in the top-10 in both categories. In fact, in 1982, 1985, and 1998 the Jets finished in the top-10 in total offense and defense and scoring offense and defense. Fast forward to today and well, the Jets have all the pieces in place to have a good offensive season.
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They have a strong-armed and accurate quarterback (Bryce Petty), a good pass-catching tight end and running backs, all of whom could be good security blankets, and they have a deep threat and a possession-type at wide receiver.
“It’s going to be good,” Forte said following Tuesday’s OTA practice. “I’ve been in a West Coast offense before many times. I had a lot of coordinators throughout my stint in the NFL. I love it because it’s designed for a running back who can catch the ball out of the backfield and be versatile out there.”
There will be a time of frustration for fans, though. It will take time for this offense to grow. However, by season’s end, expect it to be one of the league’s best. Then, the fans and media will have something to look forward to in 2018.