NY Jets on the verge of making history with inept offensive streak

This is embarrassing...

NY Jets, Nathaniel Hackett
NY Jets, Nathaniel Hackett / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The NY Jets offense is a train wreck. The fact that that statement could've been used to describe the team's offense at any point over their last five-plus seasons says all fans need to know about the state of the Jets' organization.

The 2023 iteration of the Jets' offense, led by offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, could stake a claim to be the worst of them all. The Jets rank bottom five in both passing yards and rushing yards per game, ahead of only the lowly Carolina Panthers in total yards per game.

Yards are one thing, though. The goal of the sport of football is ultimately to score points, and no franchise in NFL history has been as bad as the Jets at scoring points over the last five seasons.

Barring an offensive explosion in the final game of the season, the Jets should become the first team in NFL history to rank 28th or worse in scoring in five consecutive seasons. This streak of offensive ineptitude has quite literally never been seen before.

The NY Jets are on an unprecedented streak of offensive ineptitude

Over the last five seasons, the Jets have ranked 29th, 29th, 28th, 32nd, and 31st in average points per game. They haven't finished higher than 23rd since the team's 10-6 campaign in 2015.

That streak of offensive incompetence stretches multiple regimes, head coaches, and quarterbacks. The Adam Gase/Sam Darnold-led Jets offenses paved the way for Zach Wilson, Mike LaFleur, and Nathaniel Hackett. Nothing has yielded positive results.

The Jets have managed to turn their defense around under Robert Saleh. After finishing as the 32nd-ranked defense in 2021, the Jets are now on the verge of ranking top-five in yards per game allowed in consecutive seasons — an incredible accomplishment given the team's offensive struggles.

But no matter what the Jets try, they can't find a way to fix their offense. They've changed head coaches, offensive coordinators, and quarterbacks. They've overhauled their skill position groups and offensive line. It's all failed.

The hope, of course, is that the return of Aaron Rodgers can help propel the Jets out of the NFL's offensive basement in 2024. Rodgers should undoubtedly be an upgrade over the quarterbacks the team has trotted out during their abysmal five-year stretch.

But until we see the results on the field, it's hard to have any faith in this unit. After all, it's been a half-decade since we've seen anything close to a semi-competent Jets offense.

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