The NFL odds aren’t giving much love to the Jets this season, and a lot of the reason for that will be their offense. While New York’s defense will likely be improved, let’s recap their offensive production from a season ago, and look ahead to some of the ups and downs they may face on offense in 2013.
The 2012 season for the Jets was nothing short of a disaster. Mark Sanchez turned the ball over 34 times, and he didn’t have over 3000 yards passing, leading to the Jets to be ranked 30th in the NFL in passing offense. Sanchez was not totally to blame. Their running game was just slightly above average, and even though they run blocked well, the offensive line could not protect Sanchez very well. Sanchez was sacked 34 times in 2012, which was just outside of the top ten in the NFL. Sanchez also averaged only 6.36 yards per attempt, a career low.
The skill players didn’t help much either. Other than racking up over 1000 yards last season, (solely due to the large amount of carries he had) Shonn Greene was pretty much useless. He did have eight touchdowns, but his yards per carry were just 3.85, which ranked him 31st out of 44 qualified running backs. He is now on the Tennessee Titans however.
Santonio Holmes is still trying to recover from a lisfranc injury, and other than him, the Jets had/have little else in the wide receiving core. Holmes was limited to only four games last season. Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill are the next highest receivers on New York’s depth chart. I’ll pause for a second while you go search the Internet to find out who those guys are.
Where do I begin? Obviously at this point I think the two biggest questions are the quarterback position and Holmes’ health. The Jets have Chris Ivory to run the ball this season, and if Mike Goodson can get out of criminal prosecution, they will have him as well.
Sanchez will almost certainly start the season as the 1st string QB, but how long or how short of a leash he has is the biggest question. If Geno Smith, the Jets 2nd round draft pick looks good during the preseason, I expect the leash to be ridiculously short on Sanchez. With that being said, I doubt we should expect much from Smith early in the year, and possibly at all this season. He is still pretty raw when it comes to being an NFL quarterback, and he should not be looked at on the same level as Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, or Robert Griffin III. If he was, the Jets would have dropped or shipped Sanchez out by now, or not have even had a chance to draft him. Remember, they moved up to get Sanchez four years ago, look how well that has turned out.
Needless to say, the Jets are failing my offseason program. They are close to passing however; as I do recognize some of the things they have done this offseason, such as drafting Smith. They added Willie Colon to help bolster the left side of this offensive line, and they signed Kellen Winslow to replace the production lost when Dustin Keller left in free agency.
It also wasn’t their fault that Goodson allegedly had a loaded gun and marijuana on him when police found his car STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSTATE! His case has been sent to a grand jury, and they will decide if the case will have to go to trial. Either way this one goes, Goodson will likely miss some if not all of the upcoming season. You may now picture me shaking my head while I trounce all over the Jets with red ink. Don’t expect much from the Jets in the NFL picks.
My Grade: D+
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