Every year, any given team will change. One year they may have a potent offense, the next year it's average. However, there usually isn't a drastic change among units. If a team has a fantastic aerial attack, it's rare they'll drop to the bottom of the league the next year. It happens, but not consistently. Therefore, previous years generally give some indication as to the immediate future.
The New York Jets do not have an easy schedule. The fact is, they are playing the AFC North and NFC South, two powerful divisions. But that does not mean they are impenetrable. In fact, I saw the following tweet and was immediately intrigued:
I've got the Jets with the easiest schedule against run defenses and third easiest fantasy playoff schedule.— Chet (@Chet_G) July 17, 2013
I decided to investigate this subject. I've listed the teams the Jets play next year, and their respective ranking as far as how stout their run defense is. For the rankings, I just used ESPN's statistics for simplicity.
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1|
|2||New England Patriots||9|
|7||New England Patriots||9|
|9||New Orleans Saints||32|
That works out to an average ranking of 16.81, which is pretty average strength-of-schedule, as far as defending against the run is concerned. Obviously, the rankings will change this season, but this gives you a rough guide as to the schedule and the team's ability to run the ball.
So, what does this mean? It means that the offseason's theme of stocking up on the offensive line may have been the best possible course of action. If Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson are healthy, there's some offensive promise on the horizon.