Why the Jets WILL MAKE the playoffs in 2013
Now think about over those years, who Rex has had leading the charge on offense ... Mark Sanchez and two really bad offensive coordinators. These offenses were so bad and turned the ball over so much that you scratch your head wondering how Rex managed to put together a top 10 defense, when his defense stayed out on the field, longer than I stay out at a bar, and turned the ball over during commercial breaks. Goes to show Rex’s genius on defense.
Let’s take a dive into these offense.
Since 2009 the Jets offense has been ranked 20th, 11th, 25th, 30th - with a passing offense ranked 31st, 22nd, 21st, 30th! Since 2009 the Jets QB Mark Sanchez has ranked 119th out of 119 starting quarterbacks (played a min of 10 games) in passer rating index. And a QB who has turned the ball over 52 times, since 2010; the most in the NFL.
So the question becomes - how in hell did the Jets win 4 playoff games, and make it to 2 AFC Championship games since 2009, with these awfully, awful offenses? I know, I know, pick me, pick me!!!!!! Because of Rex Ryan’s defense, and the emotional confidence Rex gives his players. AND FOLKS - REX is not going anywhere in 2013, and the QB and offensive coordinator are MUCH BETTER!
When Mark Sanchez got hurt, and Geno Smith was “basically” made the starter, the Jets did what Geno said they would on draft day - MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. I know Geno Smith showed us nothing against the Giants to think he will play good enough to led the Jets to the playoffs in his first year; but he only needs to be average for the Jets to make the playoffs.
If you studied Geno in college, and looked at the numbers, you’d know that Geno DOES NOT have an interception addiction like Mark Sanchez. Even at USC Sanchez averaged an interception every 30 throws, while Geno only averaged an interception every 69 throws at West Virginia. I am also fairly confident that the main reason Geno looked so bad against the Giants was because his style of quarterbacking takes time to work at the NFL level. Geno’s game is predicated on short-intermediate routes, and WRs getting YAC (yards after catch). In his first start against the Giants, Geno did not know the offense well enough to put receivers in positions to run after the catch. To turn a 5-10 yard throw into a 25-30 yarder, which Geno did in his sleep at WVU, it requires a QB understanding the defenses coverage scheme and positioning, and then perfectly timing a throw with a WRs break. Tough task for a QB in his first ever start, when he has an iffy ankle, been splitting reps, and under a new OC in Marty (who is also in his first year in NY). Geno doesn’t have the natural arm ability of the Lucks or RGIIIs to just come out and impress right away. All we need is average, and he will be average in 2013.
I think Marty Mornhinweg’s West Coast system is a great fit for Geno, as this offense has already shown flashes of brilliance this preseason. This preseason, Marty Mornhinweg’s offense was ranked 4th overall in THE NFL, with the 2nd ranked pass offense (avg 286 passing yards per game), and 2nd in the NFL in TDs with 12. If you remember last year we had a pathetic 1 TD all preseason (worst - 32nd). As a Jets fan I can finally see WRs being completely open, and route combinations that actually look like route combinations. Matt Simms is even looking like BIG PAPA. Now Marty has been calling and studying offensive plays since 1989 with QBs like Steve Young, so there is a lot of progress being made on the Jets offense as we speak. Not like last year’s offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano, who coached offense for some extra cannoli money.