The New York Jets have a number of problems on offense that they didn’t address this off-season. It seems as if general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan felt the team’s biggest problems on offense in 2011 were the offensive coordinator and a lack of an explosive deep threat.
So they replaced Brian Schottenheimer, with the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins Tony Sparano, and traded up in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire wide receiver Stephen Hill. Before the NFL Draft they traded the team’s 2012 fourth and sixth round selections for quarterback Tim Tebow.
What’s shocking about all of this is the fact that the original message the team was sending is that they wanted to return to a ground and pound offense. Despite this fact they didn’t draft a legitimate starter at running back in 2012, nor did they draft a legitimate competitor for the starting right tackle position.
Tannenbaum and Ryan also decided not to acquire a legitimate number one/two all around tight end who can block, something Dustin Keller and Jeff Cumberland lack the ability to do. It’s also important to note that Dave DeGuglielmo, who last year coached maybe the only right tackle in the NFL who performed worse than the Jets’ right tackle in Marc Colombo, is proclaiming Wayne Hunter as the starter at right tackle already.
According to Jenny Vrentas, the Jets are going to run a 22 personnel set which features two tight ends and two running backs. As I pointed out earlier in this article the team lacks a capable blocker at tight end, a legitimate starter at right tackle, and a true number one tailback which the scheme would require.
I do believe the Jets will be/already are inquiring about half backs Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Forte, and/or Ray Rice; who are all involved in contract disputes with their respective teams. If the the team can acquire one of those players, then the other two problems on offense will seem far less significant. This is due to the fact that a star running back doesn’t necessarily need a quality offensive line to perform well.
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