Since Rex Ryan took over as the New York Jets head coach, the team has been known for defense. Now they must be known for offense as well.
Blitz packages, heavy pressure on the quarterback and complex schemes are three of the main reasons why the Jets’ defense is so good along with the X’s and O’s of Ryan. When the Jets had Darrelle Revis it was a luxury for Ryan. He was able to stack the box on a blitz, because he knew that he could trust Revis in man-to-man coverage on the outside. Revis is gone and so is Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle, and now a team that is known for defense must look for some help from the offense.
The Jets’ defense is the backbone of this team, and if the defense is having a bad game, it spells bad news on offense. Over the past few years the Jets have had Mark Sanchez as their quarterback, and he has been nothing more than a game manager. Now with the recent injuries at the corner position, the needs Jets’ offense has to chip in a little more than it has in previous years.
Eric Decker got a shiny new contract to play with the Jets, and now he needs to contribute right away. The same goes for Chris Johnson; he is a veteran in this league, and the Jets need him to put up big numbers and keep the offense on the field longer. I’m not saying that the two injuries on defense will make or break the Jets for the entire season, but it could spell big trouble if the Jets can’t find a solution quickly.
Geno Smith, I know that you’re a young QB in this league and you’re still learning the ropes, but your team needs you speed up the learning process and make this your breakout year. It’s time that your offense steps up and helps out a defense that has been carrying the team for years. I know that Smith had 21 interceptions last season, but the Jets need to let him play without any training wheels so he could feel confident and in control of his offense.
A team picks up each other when they need them the most, and this offense must pick up the defense. If the Jets ever wanted to be one of the best offenses in the NFL, I would choose 2014 to make it happen.