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Jets' problems start with run game

Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:57 pm
 
I love all this second-guessing of Mark Sanchez. Two years ago he was the San-chise. Now he's Broadway Schmo all over again.

Sanchez hasn't changed. The Jets have. They can't run as they once did, and that's the problem with their offense; not Mark Sanchez.

Granted, Sanchez is no Tom Brady. But he never was. The Jets' success was predicated on a punishing rushing attack that set up Sanchez for play-action passes. Without a solid running game -- and the Jets are 22nd in that category -- defenses don't buy the play-action, which means Sanchez is handicapped.

No question, his game didn't improve this season, but neither did the Jets' rushing attack. In fact, it was worse than ever.

It was the league's best in Sanchez's rookie year. It was fourth last season. Now it's stuck in the lower third of the league, and the Jets' playoff hopes are on life support.

So Sanchez takes the heat. The problem, people, is the Jets' running game. There isn't one.



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Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

I still believe the jury is out on sanchez... But there is a verdict on schotty...he's shot!!! The running game was a ? before the season, I knew it, why didn't rex? Ground and pound needs a stable full of backs, not pro bowl WR's. But where was their focus!!!WR!?! Trade for Blount and pick up a couple more rb's, fire sch*tty, and find some real safeties!!!!
The real problem is Jet Ownership and the Fat Man coach who is really nothing more than Kotite +50lbs. Sandchize was picked way too high for his talents, rushed, and promoted like the 2nd coming of Namath. Johnson is a master of marketing but as cold as a corpse. He hired the Fat Man with the big mouth to act like a giant flashing billboard to pull the Jets out of the depths of insignificance after years of failure to win a championship. Mangement drafted and retained some decent talent after years of high draft picks (Revis, etc.). After the Chad Pennington and Brett Favre fiascos, the Jets need a poster boy QB and the only option to them was Sandchize in a very weak 2009 draft for QBs (Matt Stafford and Josh Freeman were the other 1st round picks). Jet Management packaged and sold Sandchize as a championship QB which placed tremendous pressure on him well before he was ready. The Fat Man then issues guarantees for the last three years and pisses off every defense in the league which are inspired every week by the fat man to chase down and maime Sandchize. 

The Jet running game is average to slightly above average with Shonn Greene the feature back. However, every team knows that if you stack the line and stop the run, Sandchize does not have the ability to throw downfield and stretch the field as he is inexperienced and does not have the faith of his offensive coordinator.

So do not blame Sandchize or Shottenheimer or the running game, however, they will be the first to be shipped out. Blame Johnson and the Fat Man as they put the lips on this pig and packaged and sold it to the fans. By the way, Guess what QB was signed for practically nothing in week 3 of the 2009 season and what QB was picked # 25 in the 2010 draft???

 



Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

It doesnt matter who is QB as long as Schottheimer is there Gang Green will never make a super bowl



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

You don't take a guy #5 overall so that he can hand off all day. That's what you expect out of a TJ Yates, because you draft him a lot later and his expectations are lowered. And frankly, Yates has shown more than Sanchez has anyway.

This is a passing league. Rookies have been coming in and lighting it up right away. Sanchez isn't exactly struggling against the Steel Curtain either, he is sucking it up against teams like the Patriots and Giants who have no pass defense.

How do you win in this league while hiding your QB? How do you have a top rushing attack with a crappy QB and a mediocre at best RB? Even AP and CJ1K struggle with bad QBs, and they're 2 of the best RBs in the league. The Jets had a fluke defense and fluke O-line 2 years ago so that Sanchez could be sort of hidden. They got into the playoffs that first year because the Colts let them, and the Bengals..I dunno what they were doing. Either way it was a 9/10 win season with a top defense and top rushing attack.

If you need to surround your QB with pro bowlers on both sides of the ball what the hell is the point? You could put anyone back there. The problem is how will you ever beat a top team? Especially in the playoffs, to win an SB? The Jets can't, they need a ton of luck and then fall flat in the Championship game. They need the QB to play better. They need to get him competition so they can see if a QB change does anything. They only had Kellen Clemens and old Brunell behind him. I don't know who their third QB is nowadays, but he probably will never see the field either.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

Isn't your QB not developing a bigger problem than the lack of a running game?  I mean, you invested a lot of money and a high draft pick on the guy, and he isn't getting better?  That sounds like it's a big f****** problem.



Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

The Jets have four running-backs - all who are small and quick.  They have no large bruiser-back.  They should make a move for Jason Snelling or Mike Tolbert.




Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

I still believe the jury is out on sanchez... But there is a verdict on schotty...he's shot!!! The running game was a ? before the season, I knew it, why didn't rex? Ground and pound needs a stable full of backs, not pro bowl WR's. But where was their focus!!!WR!?! Trade for Blount and pick up a couple more rb's, fire sch*tty, and find some real safeties!!!!



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

Absolutely wrong. Granted the Jets rushing attack isn't nearly as potent as it has been in the previous couple of years, but that is not the reason they lost on Saturday, nor was it the reason they lost to the Eagles. Shonn Greene has averaged 4 yards or better per carry in 10 of his last 11 games with the only exception being the win over the Dolphins where he was still solid gaining 74 yards on 21 carries (and I am not counting the Denver game as he left with an injury after just 3 carries). He ran well this past weekend a (14 carries for 58 yards), but everytime the Jets started moving the ball (via the ground) they abandoned the ground game and went to the air which resulted most often in either a penalty, a sack, a pick or an incompletion of which there were 29, 18 in the second half alone. Certainly the two-headed monster combos of Jones and Greene in '09 and LT and Greene last season were more effective than putting most of the load on Greene's shoulders, but after a slow start he has had a very solid season. LT should've had a more prominent role in the offense as he has shown he can still do more than what they have asked of him. What the writer has failed to mention is that the Jets made no improvements to their lineup across the board from last season. The loss of Edwards there only deep threat has exposed Holmes. Plax has had his moments and while he has some of the best hands I have ever seen on a receiver and has been great in the red zone he is not a deep threat and has been underutilized. They lost Cotchery for nothing. The result is that the Jets are a slow football team. There is nobody on this team, with the exception of Revis, who is no Darrell Green, who has great speed. Not the QB, not the backs or receivers, not the linebackers or the secondary and this, combined with a propensity to turn the ball over has left them where they are: a mediocre .500 or about football team. Even their special teams, which has been so vaunted in years past, has proven to be an Achilles Heal this year with muffed punt after muffed punt. They have plenty of holes, and coaches like Shotty and Westhoff should be gone, but to place the collapse of this team on the running game is more than just a little short-sighted.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

Sanchez was always terrible, the running just covered up for that.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Jets' problems start with run game

I said at the time that letting Jones go was short-sighted, and it was.  LD was once great, but never in NYC.  You should mention, too, that the D isn't what it was.  All-around, the Jets have taken a few steps back, in the process knocking over Sanchez (who is no Eli, a guy who can at least sometimes make a good O from bad parts, as he has with this year's makeshift Giants' lineup).


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