Ground-and-pound represented the New York Jets‘ base offensive scheme during head coach Rex Ryan’s first four years. As one would think by the name, this means they simply relied on a run-first approach. Quarterback Mark Sanchez would then be relied on to make efficient passes. It worked for two years as New York enjoyed great team success. Of course, though, results were not good for these last two seasons. Therefore, new offensive direction became necessary while other players were brought in to help establish more explosiveness.
One interesting acquisition was running back Chris Ivory from the New Orleans Saints. Most are aware that New York traded their fourth-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Some fans thought forfeiting such high compensation for a somewhat unproven player was a risk. Three years ago, though, Ivory established a career-high five touchdowns, which represents quite an impressive rookie season. Unfortunately for him, these numbers would not improve. I feel this had to do more with a stable of backs and quarterback Drew Brees‘ preference to pass. This ball carrier now has more of an opportunity for playing time.
Despite high expectations, his Jets debut produced only 15 yards on 10 carries. Teammate Bilal Powell also struggled though with 12 rushes for 29 yards. After a subpar outing, one would think it is smart to avoid giving him the ball. The correct course of action, however, is just the opposite.
Ivory’s blend of size and speed will create a tough test for the defense’s interior players, and the New England Patriots surrendered 136 rushing yards against the Buffalo Bills. Gang Green must run at them, and Ivory will look to atone for his bad game. Rookie signal caller Geno Smith definitely needs the help.