Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/21/13
There are not nearly as many secrets in the NFL as the culture of paranoid coaches and front office executives would lead you to believe. One thing about the Jets that has become no secret two games into the season is this: Geno Smith their rookie quarterback is not yet quite ready for prime time. The quickest way to protect Smith and allow him to flourish while reducing the risk of making too many game-changing mistakes (see his three interceptions in last Thursday’s loss to the Patriots) is to play good defense and run the ball effectively. This is where the Jets as they prepare to play the 1-1 Bills Sunday at MetLife Stadium are conflicted. Their new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg wants to pass pass and pass some more. This is a complete reversal of the philosophy Jets coach Rex Ryan successfully employed in 2009 when he carried mistake-prone rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez along for the ride to the AFC Championship. Remember that successful combo platter of “ground and pound’’ and great defense Jets fans? Those weren’t bad times where they? Those times though seem like a decade or more ago not the mere three or four years we’re removed from them. Listening to Ryan talk now though makes you wonder if he even remembers “ground and pound’’ — a phrase he wore out like a badly overplayed hit song on the radio in 2009 and 2010. “Do I expect us to run more than pass? Not really’’ Ryan said. “The way the game is played now … I like to attack down the field.’’ Ryan hinted Friday he doesn’t have the horses on the roster to rely on the running game. “When we were ground-and-pound that was based on our personnel” he said. “We had three great tail backs with Thomas Jones with Shonn Greene and Leon Washington [and fullback] Tony Richardson.’’ The Jets will play the Bills on Sunday still in search of an offensive identity. They’ve scored a total of 28 points in two games and were lucky to win one game.
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