How the Jets Can Become a Powerhouse Offense
We have had a ton of discussions here about the lack of depth and experience at the WR position. Most people (myself included) are not very high on our Offenses prospects this season for a variety of reasons.
Lets look at the big picture for a moment. We have Holmes, Hill and some scrubs at WR. I think Hill will be good as a burner. He should have an impact as a fly reciever. Basically when he gets one on one coverage toss it up Randy Moss style and let him go up and get it. We have Sanchez who has always been more comfortable throwing to the middle of the field then the sidelines. Of course Dustin Keller functions as an additional WR in this offense as well. There is also Cumberland who has shown promise as an athletic pass catcher.
We know that Rex and Sparano want to run a physical style on offense. The ideal way to maximize the talent on the roster and play to the strengths of the team is a variation of what the Pats do go to a scheme that emphasizes two and 3 TE sets or a variation of that. Picture the Offense bringing in their Power Run personnel group. You have 1 WR (Holmes) two TE's ( Keller and Cumberland) a FB (Baker/Connor) and an RB. Here is where the fun begins.The Defense counters with their big run package. The QB see this and goes to a spread hurry up with Keller and Cumberland lined up wide. Baker moves to the TE spot and goes out into a pattern and the RB stays in to block or as a dumpoff option. You end up with either Keller of Cumberland covered by a LB or Safety. The fast pace of the offense keeps the D big package on the field.
Now the opposition knows this tendency. Next time the O goes big with the 3 TE package the opposing D keeps its base D in the game. Now you go to the run with an advantage of having a bigger personnel package on the field. The power run has an advantage with TE's blocking CB's.
The Pats destroyed our D last season running a variation of this scheme. Our personnel last season (when Cumberland went down) was not ideal for running the 3 TE power run/spread offense. I think that this season that type of offensive scheme makes perfect sense and gets the most talent on the field.