Methodical offenses rarely require home run speed to be very effective. Look no further than the Patriots offense post Randy Moss where they have survived on precision and role players but not many players capable of scoring on the basis of speed alone. In the last three years, the Patriots have been among the worst teams generating big plays (big plays classified as a running play of 10 yards or a passing play of 25 yards or more) (19th, 14th, and 26th). Despite the lack of explosiveness they have had the most consistent scoring in the league (3rd, 1st, and 3rd). Less methodical offenses must look elsewhere to produce the amount of scoring needed to win games.
This is where the New York Jets come in. There is no need to cite the statistics of the Jet’s offense over the last 5 years because we all unfortunately know how lacking it has been. It’s clear now that something needs to be done on offense to generate enough points to complement our strong defenses. With a second year quarterback, it is too much to ask for Geno Smith to be as methodical and consistent in slowly picking apart defenses such as Tom Brady has done. Therefore, the Jets organization needs to find a different way to score points which it seems they are finally beginning to do.
The quick fix to making an offense better is to add speed. Looking over the top five fastest 40 yard dash combine times since 2000, I realized the Jets currently acquired one of those members this offseason (WR Jacoby Ford) and have been linked to two of the other five (free agent RB Chris Johnson and Kent State RB Dri Archer). However, if there is nothing else to learn about this offseason regarding the Jets, it is that rumors typically don’t mean a thing so take the media connections to the Jets with Johnson and Archer with a grain of salt. But, if these rumors (surprisingly) are true, and the Jets do have interest in Johnson and Archer, they could potentially have 3 of the top 5 fastest 40 yard dash runners in the last 15 years on their offensive roster at the same time. Based on speed alone this could have a dramatic positive effect on our offensive ability. If the Jets choose to add Johnson and Archer (which is surely possible with the right price or draft pick respectively) with the acquisition of Ford, breakout speed will not be a problem on offense which could be a game changer if they are able to score just a few more touchdowns to swing games in their favor.
First post, go Jets!