The New York Jets offense has had a disappointing season so far, and the unit has regressed the past two weeks. The Jets only scored 29 combined points against the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, with some of those points set up by the defense. It's time for the offense to hold up their end of the deal and start matching the play of the defense, or at least put a decent point total on the board so the defense isn't always on edge with a one-score lead at best. What do the Jets need to do to turn this season around with a good performance against the Buffalo Bills?
Establish the Run: This has been an issue all year for the Jets, either due to play-calling, poor offensive line play or injuries. The Jets offense struggles when they aren't running the ball well. That has been proven many times over the course of the year. Shonn Greene needs to get a lot of early carries, LaDainian Tomlinson should be mixed in if healthy, and Joe McKnight needs to get some touches. The Jets have to try to get McKnight on the edge. he has game-breaking speed and came close to breaking a few runs against the Broncos. This Jets offense is desperate for a big play.
Take Deep Shots: It's hard to fathom how the Jets can throw the ball 30 times a game and never stretch the field. They don't even have to complete the pass, just taking the shot forces the defense to respect it. On deep passes, typically three things can happen: a long completion, an incompletion, or a pass interference penalty. The Jets are already throwing pick-sixes and giving up sacks throwing short all the time, so why not take a shot? Maybe you get lucky and hit a big play. With Terrence McGee out for the Bills, the Jets need to challenge their cornerbacks.
Let Mark Sanchez be Mark Sanchez: Sanchez is not a straight drop-back passer like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He has even said himself that he likes to rollout, move the pocket around and make plays that way. Let him. Instead of making a square peg fit in a round hole, adjust the offense to allow your player to be comfortable and put him in a position to succeed. The Jets can't continue to ignore what he does well just because it's not part of Brian Schottenheimer's original plan.
The Jets offense has continually hamstrung itself with penalties, play-calling and turnovers. It's frustrating to watch because there is so much talent on the unit but they continue to struggle. There isn't any time left for them to continue to flounder and leave the defense to carry the load. It's time for them to make some simple adjustments, understand what they do well, and do it.
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