An emergency 6 pack of suggestions for improving the New York Jets who remain in the thick of the AFC wild-card race.
1. No More Mulligan – Matthew Mulligan should not be playing 20 snaps a game in a NFL offense. He shouldn’t be playing 5 snaps a game in a NFL offense. If you decide your number two tight end is going to be such a big part of your offense, you have to make a better investment at the position. How about giving recently signed Shawn Nelson a chance?
2. More and More Pool – When he gets back to being healthy, it is time to take large chunks of playing time away from Eric Smith and give it to Brodney Pool, than in the off-season the Jets must draft or sign an athletic safety with some height. Time to react to New England having two monsters at tight end.
3. Pick A Punt Returner – First you had Jeremy Kerley deep, then you had Jim Leonhard, then you switched to Joe McKnight back deep who proceeded to muff a punt. I love McKnight as a kick returner but he has looked shaky returning punts. It is a completely different skill set. Stick with Kerley and use Leonhard and his sure hands as the primary backup.
4. More McKnight & Kerley On Offense – The Jets are limited in the number of players they have who could create big plays. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson aren’t ripping off big runs or turning screens into huge plays, McKnight needs more touches period, particularly in space. Jeremy Kerley is similar in this regard and deserves a bigger role on offense, especially stretching the seam.
5. Throw The Damn Football Down The Field – The Jets must add more of a vertical element to their passing game. You need to throw the football deep to loosen up a defense. It is the only way to create big plays, whether it is connecting on the pass or drawing an interference penalty. This offense makes it too hard on themselves by having to put together such long drives. They desperately need big plays. Mark Sanchez throws a good deep ball…let him air it out a few times a game. Whether you want to admit it or not the Jets are missing Braylon Edwards in this aspect of their offense but Santonio Holmes has the ability to get open deep.
6. Be Yourself – Don’t lose the confidence and swagger because of one loss. This team plays better when they have an attitude and are running their mouths a little bit.