All throughout training camp, a common theme has been the defensive line of the New York Jets dominating. Is it because they’re that good or the result of a poor offensive line? Time to discuss over coffee.
It’s no secret that the biggest strength, well, the only strength of the New York Jets this upcoming season is their defensive line. The Jets have Pro Bowl players in the positional group and well, if they plan to win a few games in 2017, it’ll hopefully be thanks to consistent pass rushing and their ability to get after the quarterback.
With training camp well underway, the Jets are hoping their defensive line exceed expectations as last year, they left much to the imagination. They didn’t pressure opposing quarterbacks and well, the overall defense of the Jets was terrible. Due to their defensive line unable to consistently get the job done, their secondary struggled immensely as anyone with an arm was able to do serious damage against it.
In case you didn’t know, my Coffee with the Jets series is an open forum for all my loyal readers on Twitter to ask me anything they’d like on Gang Green. I take the best questions and answer them right here on The Jet Press. Today’s question revolves around this very topic. Here is what Cee asked:
Is the jets D-line that dominant in camp or are they suffering from a poor O-line?
— Cee B. (@Cee_Dontsay) August 4, 2017
Thanks for your question, Cee! To be honest, the Jets offensive line is still a work in progress as it has several question marks around it. I’m hoping that offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum can remain healthy all year long and center Wesley Johnson steps up to fill some pretty big shoes.
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With Nick Mangold gone, the Jets are hoping Johnson can be as consistent and well, be a similar leader among men.
I wouldn’t say the offensive line of the Jets is a poor one but in the grand scheme of things, it will take time for everyone to gel and protect the quarterback. That will be key since no matter who is under center, it’s important to have solid pass protection to let them execute from the pocket.
Since the Jets will more than likely field a West Coast offense, there will be an emphasis on quick passes to receiving options, including running backs out of the backfield. It takes quite some time to adjust to this which is why in training camp, the defensive line has been dominating, for the most part.
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