Ranking the NY Jets biggest offensive issues

Who's to blame for the lack of NFL-caliber offensive performances every week?
NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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3. Coaching, specifically Nathaniel Hackett

If you want to argue that Nathaniel Hackett is more of an issue than Wilson, that’s fine. I won’t argue. In my mind, it’s really 2A Wilson and 2B Hackett.

Additionally, in something that needs to be addressed in a different article, I am tired of defensive-minded head coaches who do not even bother to coach the offense at all.

Hackett is a bad playcaller — like, really bad. He gets a ton of credit for his time in Green Bay, but many are unaware he had no game-day play-calling responsibility there. He “helped craft'' the red zone offense during the week. That was it.

In Denver, he was atrocious, eventually getting fired midway through the season because his offense was that bad. In New York, it’s been no better whatsoever.

The third-down offense is the worst in the Super Bowl era, converting just 22 percent of the time and getting worse each week. His red-zone offense might be more embarrassing. The Jets haven’t scored a touchdown in more than a month, where the drive lasted more than one offensive play. It’s almost laughable.

Hackett never found a way for Mecole Hardman to get involved despite being one of the fastest players in the league capable of explosive plays. Dalvin Cook still gets five touches a game that generates no offense, while explosive rookie Israel Abanikanda is a healthy scratch weekly.

The offense has scored just 14.4 points per game, the worst in the league, despite having a legitimate number-one receiver in Garrett Wilson and stud running back Breece Hall, as well as a third-year quarterback. They’ve scored exactly eight touchdowns in eight games, only once scoring two touchdowns in a game.

This is the modern NFL, where offenses are high-powered, scoring 25-30 points per game week in and week out. The Raiders, playing with rookie Aidan O’Connell, just scored 30 points on the same Giants defense that the Jets barely mustered a single score on days after firing their head coach. 

Hackett will likely hold on to his job because of his connection with Rodgers for next year, but this offensive system clearly does not work and clearly needs to be changed, whether Rodgers is playing or not.