The New York Jets will continue running a West Coast offense in 2018. Offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum is excited that this time around, they’ll be more emphasis on establishing the run.
It wasn’t so long ago that the New York Jets were considered a ground-and-pound team. They always had at least three consistent yet different running backs in their backfield capable of making big plays and keeping those chains moving. Unfortunately, things have changed over the years, to say the least.
Last season, the Jets aired it out a lot more than rushing, which had a hand in them ending the year with another 5-11 losing season. This time around, it’s important that new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates have the right balance needed to make his version of the West Coast offense and efficient one.
When it comes to having a potent offense, it’s all about balance. Yes, the NFL is a passer league but at the end of the day, the teams with a complete and versatile offense are the ones that can go the distance. If you just air it out or just run the football too much, you easily become one-dimensional and defenses can see right through it.
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Luckily, Bates is going to change all that heading into the upcoming season. Even his comments about what awaits the Jets offense in 2018 got offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum excited for what awaits.
In an article written by Ethan Greenberg of NewYorkJets.com, here is what Beachum had to say about the fact that Bates will ensure that the Jets will actually have a more balanced offensive attack:
“I think the emphasis is really on the run, making sure we really run the ball consistently,” Beachum said. “Jeremy has already said we’re not going to be just dropping back the entire game, so I appreciate that as a left tackle. Rico, which is what we call [OL coach/run game coordinator Rick] Dennison, and JB are doing a great job of just putting us in a great position to be successful in the run game and then having the play action to be able to keep the defense on their heels.”
In the grand scheme of things, this is what should be the kind of offense the Jets run in 2018. One that can establish the run, beat defenses with the air game, and keep defenses guessing as to what is coming next. Once rookie quarterback Sam Darnold takes over and begins his era under center, that is when the Jets offense should push the envelope to heights that haven’t been seen in what seems like forever.
The Jets have a solid running back corps that should be able to effectively have a good rotation where everyone can chip in with their unique skill-set. If the Jets keep three running backs or even four, it bodes well for the offense to be known as one that can hopefully beat defenses through the ground or air without being too obvious about what is coming.