The New York Mountaineers

Justin K. Aller

It's time for the New York Jets to build a 21st century offense.

In 2012, the West Virginia Mountaineers had an exceptional offense. Head Coach Dana Holgorson has built the offense out of the principles of the Air Raid offense, although he has modified it to be a more vertical system than the traditionally horizontal spread Air Raid that Hal Mumme and Mike Leach had popularized.

However, the downfall of the team was the defense. While the Mountaineer offense averaged 39.5 points per game, good for ninth best in college football (CFB), the defense allowed 38.1 points per game, 117th worst in CFB. Ultimately, the defensive failures, in large part, ruined the team, as opposing teams averaged a stunning 49.6 points during the Mountaineers' five-game losing streak mid-season. The pressure to put up a massive amount of points every week finally had taken its toll on the team.

To return to the offense though, the key players were QB Geno Smith and WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, who accrued the following statistics:

Passing

NAME CMP ATT YDS CMP% TD INT RAT
Geno Smith 369 518 4205 71.2 42 6 163.9

Rushing

NAME CAR YDS AVG LONG TD
Tavon Austin 72 643 8,9 74 3

Receiving

NAME REC YDS AVG LONG TD
Stedman Bailey 114 1622 14.2 87 25
Tavon Austin 114 1289 11.3 75 12

The Mountaineers, under Smith, Austin, and Bailey, was a high-flying, point-scoring offense. They put up yards, and they put up points. They were dynamic, attacking, and they were innovative. A lot of that has to do with Holgorson. But now, the Jets have their own Holgorson; they have Marty Mornhinweg, an acclaimed pass-first offensive coordinator in his own right.

Do you want the Jets to have instant legitimacy? Draft Smith, Austin, and Bailey, and they'll be a threat to score at any point on the field. They'll be the New York Mountaineers, but this time, with a better defense.

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