If New York Jets Offense Is To Succeed, The Offensive Line Has To Step Up

By Matthew Solomon
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Last year was a tough one to be a quarterback for thew New York Jets. Gang Green’s QBs were sacked a total of 47 times. There were plenty of times when Mark Sanchez was rushed and unable to get the play off he wanted, thus forcing a bad throw and turning the ball over. It didn’t matter who was playing quarterback for the Jets a season ago, the offensive line gave them a tough time to get off the plays they wanted, and as a whole, the line really struggled.

The only real standout on that Jets line was All-Pro center Nick Mangold. Heading into training camp, and soon the start of the regular season in two months, the Jets’ line has got to stabilize and get better. Otherwise, the team will once again fail.

As it looks right now, the Jets offensive line forms like this. Mangold at center, left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, left guard Willie Colon, right guard Stephen Peterman and right tackle Austin Howard. Out of those five guys, one, first and foremost, is going to have to have a big year and play at his best. That one guy would be Ferguson. You have to remember, Ferguson was the fourth overall pick in 2006, and at times with the club has shown why he was drafted so high. The past two seasons, however, Ferguson hasn’t looked that great. In fact, last year, he really struggled, often getting beat on the outside. For the Jets offense to have any success, Ferguson has to find his game again this year and get back to it.

Now I’m not laying all the blame on Ferguson for last year’s struggles with the line. Everybody on that line a year ago had troubles. Brandon Moore held down the right guard position last year, and has been let go. As of now, it appears Peterman will be filling in that role, which could be an improvement. Moore really struggled last year. There were times where he looked out of place, and by a long shot too. Peterman will step in and, hopefully, stabilize that right guard position. I do, indeed, think that Peterman will be better off at right guard than Moore was last year.

With the year of experience on the Jets line under his belt, Howard will be more comfortable at right tackle. He already spent time last season at the position, so he has a good grasp on how to improve his game and how things work at this high of a level. All in all, with what the Jets have at the moment on the line, they are set up to have a better year than last. The current line for the Jets will be a good one, and the offense will be improved, as a whole, from a season ago.

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