With a depleted secondary, the New York Jets will have to rely on their offense this year if they want to make the playoffs. The Jets’ solid front seven isn’t enough to stop opposing teams from scoring points, especially in the AFC East where QBs Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins are excellent at extending drives and wearing out the defense with no-huddle offenses and pass accuracy.
Therefore, the 2014 season will be a new test for the Jets’ coaching staff. This is the year that the offense is finally able to reach or even exceed the prowess of their defensive counterparts, and the Jets’ coaches are critical to making that transition happen.
Pressure has always been on the offensive coordinator to make waves each season. OC Brian Schottenheimer left the Jets in 2012 after six years with a good run that turned sour after two-consecutive AFC Championship appearances. OC Tony Sparano only lasted for a season after that as the Jets finished 30th overall in offense. He couldn’t jump-start the running game, get starting QB Mark Sanchez to take the next step in his development or figure out a way to use QB Tim Tebow effectively.
Second-year OC Marty Mornhinweg is expected to bring a more wide-open passing approach to the Jets, who have relied more on a run-first ground-and-pound philosophy. With the additions of seasoned WRs Eric Decker and David Nelson, and legendary RB Chris Johnson, this offense should be ready to take the league by storm. In Mornhinweg’s second year, this season will mark the success of this tutelage. Every coach is given a bit of a cushion in their rookie year with a team because it takes awhile for the players to adapt to their system. But now Mornhinweg’s offense is expected to drive the team to 10-6 or better in 2014. Head coach Rex Ryan needs to tailor his coaching to favor the offense more now and finally change the perspective of the Jets from a defensive stronghold to an offensive powerhouse.