What to Expect From the 2012 New York Jets Offense
Added by Justin O'Connell on June 13, 2012.
Shonn Greene (23) is expected to play a large role in the NY Jets offense this season.
It is no secret the New York Jets offense will focus on the “ground and pound” philosophy, but, as always, their offense rides on the quarterback’s back. Unfortunately, there are a lot more questions than there are answers going into training camp for this offense, the biggest being the QB position.
The Jets tried to replenish some of their wide receiver needs in the draft, but I this that was about all they have done….oh yeah and they traded for the infamous Tim Tebow.
The battle for the Jets starting quarterback position is perhaps the most covered competition in NFL history. Mark Sanchez is most likely going to be the opening day starter and, apparently, has shown tremendous improvements in camp, but there will be more pressure than ever on the young QB (yes I said young…something many fans forget), especially with the organization bringing in Tebow. Sanchez will not have any room for error, or else the “Tebow experiment” will begin.
It is hard to tell what to expect from these two quarterbacks, but it will definitely be fun to watch. If only the two could be morphed together, then all the Jets problems would be solved. Having said all of this, it is the fourth year for Sanchez and he is expected play at a high level; the team has given him enough time to develop, so if he plays poorly, no one can question whether he had enough time. Everyone will know whether Sanchez was a good pick or bust after this season, but no one can say for sure what to expect this season from either QB.
Shonn Greene had his first thousand-yard season last year, but he still has not proven himself to be a consistent everyday back, mainly due to injury problems. If Greene can stay healthy and get the majority of carries, than he could get back to his 2009 playoff form. He has shown that he gets better as the game goes on and his carries increase; he is a bruiser and wants to be a workhorse.
Joe McKnight will finally get the chance to prove himself and get a significant number of carries. McKnight is going into his fourth year, and has had two career 100-plus yard rushing games. He has the speed, but needs to improve on his vision because it is awful. He has the old Reggie Bush symptoms where he just tries to break outside; that does not work in the NFL.
All and all, the team is relying on Greene to stay healthy and have a breakout year. He has come into camp lighter and quicker, which is something the new offensive coordinator wanted from him. The surprise player that I believe will help bring the run game back to life will be rookie, Terrance Ganaway, who is a faster Shonn Greene. The Jets should expect to have a high-tier running attack next season, with Greene and Ganaway leading the way.
With a young receiving core, led by someone who turned his back on the team, the Jets passing game, is up in the air. Santonio Holmes is far from a role model and does not appear to be willing to help his young teammates. Jeremy Kerley and rookie, Stephen Hill, will be the primary targets for Sanchez, which is a scary thought considering they have very little or no experience.
The one bright spot for the Jets is tight end, Dustin Keller, who is still in contract negotiations. Keller and Holmes will need to have huge seasons in order for this offense to continue to develop and improve.
The Jets offensive line once was thought to be the rock for this team; however, it certainly was not last season. With Damian Woody retiring, Wayne Hunter started at the right tackle position and seriously struggled and that is putting it mildly. Matt Slauson was another issue for the line and continues to finish in the top of the league in penalties. The rest of the line is a major positive for this offense, but having only 3/5′s of a line will not cut it in the NFL. The Jets can expect slim improvements from the line this year, but if they can run the ball and Sanchez does not hold the ball for so long the line will look a lot better.