Early April Mock Draft rd player pos school 1 Hageman DL Minnesota 2 Ja'Waun James RT Tennessee 3 West RB Towson 4 Gilmore TE Colorado St 5 T Turner OG LSU 6 Morris ILB Iowa 7 K Smith WR Washington
In the modern NFL, you have to pass successfully to win games. Tannenbaum, Ryan, and Sparano are trying to resurrect pre-forward pass football because they've hitched their wagons to two crappy QBs, neither one of whom is a legit NFL starter. Tebow can only be effective as a runner if teams worry about him passing. The Bills and the Pats figured out last year that forcing Tebow to pass by stopping the run works pretty well because he can't pass for ****.
The Jets can pass, the problem was protecing the passer and the WRs. We still need an upgrade at RT(though the team feels Ducasse is ready) and we need another WR, this offense will be just fine as long as the OL is good.
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I expect a much better OL for a couple of reasons:
1. health, remember, Mangold & Slauson played hurt most of the year(everyone plays hurt but they had serious injuries to limit them), Moore missed all of camp and was clearly not the ame guy ethe first half of the season. I can't explain Brick, maybe he was trying to compensate for Slauson? I don't know but I'll trust his track record.
2. A coach who is about protecting the QB, we're going to run it and protect the QB- that's the plan.
As for Sparano, doesn't he like big, massive OLs? I don't know if he has that with the Jets.
As for protecting the QB, that's pretty hard to do when the QB can't make pre-snap reads and holds the ball too long.
The plan to run to set up the pass seems shake since Greene and McKnight don't strike fear into anybody. Last year the Jets' 3.8 YPC was 29th in the league. Pretty paltry for a team that wants to be a run-first team, and might be why the Jets passed so much. Shonn Greene only had a 4.2 ypc and Joe McKnight a 3.1 ypc. Miami ran significantly better than the Jets did -- they were 15th at 4.2 YPC -- but also had much better RB in Reggie Bush who had a 5.0 ypc. A team not only needs a good run-blocking OL to run, it needs the runners to do it. I'm not seeing either on the Jets.