There is no truth in the rumor that the Jets are requesting the league to start their games in the second quarter or move kickoff time at 2:30.
You can’t blame the Jets for trying to get their games started quickly. Now you know the numbers. The Jets did not score through five games in the first quarter and only gained 79 yards – 11 passing yards. His offense has started much slower than the 1975 Buick on a cold morning.
For coach Robert Saleh, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and the entire coaching staff, this is the focus of the bye week: How fast do the Jets start games? Due to his slow start, he has had to play every game in the postseason.
“That’s why we’re spending this week,” Saleh said Monday.
No one has called me from the Jets for my opinion, but I’m here to give it. Here are some ways I think the Jets could try to start offense looking as mobile as Stonehenge in London on Sunday.
1. Let them compete
A funny thing happens in the NFL. First-team offense and first-team defensive tackle face each other throughout the camp and then rarely .the season. They often face a scout team in practice.
Here’s what I propose for the Jets: Open practice with a period of competition between starting offense and starting defense that mimics the beginning of the game. Now, achyack Wilson is not facing backup inside linebacker, but CJ Mosley. Both sides are immediately examined in practice. You do this on Wednesday and Thursday and the level of competition increases their game. Return to Scout Teams after you practice to prepare an opponent but give everyone a jolt to start practicing.
I’m not sure how much LaFleur is asking for input from Wilson at the moment, but he should get more. Early script work with Wilson Let him choose his favorite plays. Build a game plan around your young quarterback. Everyone who has a boss knows that projects make more sense when you invest in a startup. Instead of presenting him a game plan, build it with him.
3. Repeat the script again and again
The Jets have an interesting opportunity here, bye week and the Patriots are their next opponent. I mean Lafleur is able to come up with an initial script of 15 plays than usual. Many times teams do not present the initial script until the end of the week, sometimes on Saturdays. But the Jets have all this extra time and are facing a familiar opponent, who played just over a month ago. This game does not require as much prep work as usual to bring you what you need to start the game. If the LaFleur script can be developed early, the Jets will be able to practice it more than usual and land plays before the game arrives.
4. Take the ball
If you win a coin toss, take the ball. Coaches love to defer. The Jets have made the toss three times this year. I’ve got all the reasons you want to postpone, but right now your offense needs a vote of confidence. Give it one. If you win the toss, take the spoiled ball and tell your offense that you are opening the game with a touchdown.
5. Take a shot
The Jets were very conservative at the beginning of games. He has started the race in four out of five games. Some of them have got decent yards, but LaFleur is a time to be brave and possibly cause offense in the process. LaFleur should start the team’s best downfield threat, Denzel Mims, and take a shot at him. Maybe you can catch defense napping. Maybe you can hit a 60-yard touchdown that relieves the pressure the offense has to suffer in the first quarter of this drought. Design your best deep-ball game and dial it out of the gate.
If none of this works, practices for the Bengals game start at 8am