New York Jets' Main Problem Is Not At the Quarterback Position

By Jonathan Peralta
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After an up-and-down start to the season the New York Jets have settled into a pattern, and it’s not a good one. In the past couple of weeks, the Jets have been playing exactly the way everyone expected them to play before the season started: horrendously. And the main problem, again, is their offense — quick, everyone point their finger at the quarterback position!

Going into this Sunday on a two-game losing streak, the Jets had plenty to fight for. The Jets had a chance to snap their losing streak and get back on track to fighting for that last wild card spot. All they had to do was beat the Miami Dolphins. Instead, the team failed to show up in all three phases of the game again, drowning in their incompetence — the main one being their offense.

In the Jets’ three consecutive losses they have been outscored 79-20, and for the second straight week the Jets failed to score a touchdown and could only gain 177 yards on offense; there were more dropped passes, lack of a rushing attack, and Geno Smith completed only 4-of-10 passes for 29 yards and an interception. The Jets were outgained 453 yards to 177, and the Dolphins had 25 first downs to the Jets’ 10. This entire offense has been grounded since their bye week.

Of course some of it has to do with the quarterback play. But whether it is Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith or Matt Simms at the helm, they’re not completely to blame. So, what do all of those quarterbacks have in common (aside from being crowned the franchise savior one day and being deemed a worthless failure the next)? It’s the players within the offensive unit.

The main problem is that the Jets have a paucity of offensive playmakers, an offensive line that can no longer block, and a running game that doesn’t exactly strike fear along with two rookie quarterbacks and a fossil for a quarterback that make up this unit. And the organization is to blame for that.

So how can Rex Ryan and the Jets fix it before it’s too late and the team misses the playoffs for the third year in a row?

From the looks of thing it can’t be fixed, and the Jets will be watching the playoffs from home — again.

Jonathan Peralta covers the New York Jets and the NFL for Follow him on Twitter @itsJPeralta and follow him on Google.

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