Originally Posted by Jetworks
And I'll take it a step further and point out that it takes good OL play to be successful with either a run-heavy, pass-heavy or balanced attack. Presently, the Jets do not possess a good OL, so talking about skill positions at this juncture is largely an exercise in Madden-esque futility.
The OL needs to be addressed, badly. Brick appears to have settled back in, but Mangold needs to lose about 20 pounds. After that, it's marginal at best. Moore is as good as gone (fine) as is Slauson (would like to keep on a moderate contract) and Howard doesn't appear to be the answer at RT. Ducasse is only worthy of mention for the purpose of derision.
Want running? The OL needs to be upgraded (unless you can find another Barry Sanders). Want passing? Someone better be able to provide whoever is throwing the ball more than 2-3 seconds of standing still to make a throw.
Very good point - but an OL can be good at one thing and not so good at another. Take Brick as a case in point - great at pass blocking but average (at best) at run blocking. Fine, if that's what you want your line to do. But if you have a line that's great at pass blocking and have a ground and pound philosophy, you're not going to succeed.
Even within each aspect, you can have different needs - a run blocking line could be great because they have monster sized guards who blow everyone backwards, or equally you could have a smaller, more agile line where your guards do a lot of pulling. So it's far from a "one size fits all".
Question is - do you find players to suit your philosophy, or a philosophy to suit your players?