There is no truth to the rumor that the Jets are petitioning the league to start their games with the second quarter or move the kickoff time to 2:30.
You can’t blame them, though, if the Jets were trying anything to kick their game up early. By now you know the number. The Jets have not scored a single point in five games in the first quarter and amassed just 79 yards – 11 passing yards. His offense has a slower start on a winter morning than a 1975 Buick.
For coach Robert Saleh, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and the entire coaching staff, this goodbye is the focus of the week: How fast do the Jets start the game? Due to a slow start, he has had to play from behind in every match this season.
“That’s what we’ve been spending this week,” Saleh said on Monday.
No one has called me from the Jets for my opinion, but I’m here to give it anyway. Here are a few ways I think the Jets might try to start a crime 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 defense face each other throughout training camp and again rarely during the season. They mostly face the Scout team in practice.
Here’s what I would propose for the Jets: Open practice with a contest period between the opening offense and starting defense that simulates the start of the game. Now, Zach Wilson is not facing backup inside linebacker, but CJ Mosley. Both sides will be tested immediately in the exercise. You do it on Wednesdays and Thursdays and maybe the level of competition raises their game. You go back to scout teams later in practice to prepare for the opponent but give everyone a blow to start the practice.
I’m not sure how much input LaFleur is seeking from Wilson at the moment, but he should be getting more. Work on the opening script with Wilson. Let him choose his favorite plays. Build a game plan around your young quarterback. Everyone who has a boss knows that projects are more worthwhile when you invest in the early stages. Instead of offering her a game plan, make it up with her.
3. Repeat the script over and over
The Jets have an interesting opportunity here, with a bye week ahead and the Patriots their next opponent. I think LaFleur should be able to come up with an opening script of 15 plays earlier than usual. Sometimes teams don’t present the team opening scripts until the end of the week, sometimes even Saturday. But the Jets have this extra time and are facing a familiar opponent, whom they played just a month ago. It shouldn’t normally require much preparatory work to come up with what you want to do to start this game. If Lafleur can develop the script early, the Jets should be able to practice more than usual and bring down plays before the game arrives.
4. take the ball
If you win the coin toss, take the ball. Coaches like to avoid. The Jets have done so three times this year by winning the toss. I get all the reasons you want to avoid it, but right now your guilt needs a vote of confidence. Give one If you win the toss, take the damn ball and state your offense that you’re opening the game with a touchdown.
5. Take a Shot
The Jets have been very conservative at the start of the Games. He has started with one run in four out of five matches. A few of them have gotten decent yards, but now is the time for Lafleur to bowl and maybe jolt the offense in the process. LaFleur should start Denzel Mims, the team’s best downfield threat, and he should take a shot. Maybe you catch defense napping. Maybe you hit a 60-yard touchdown, which will take the pressure off the offense you felt during the first quarter with this drought. Design your best deep-ball play and dial it right out of the gate.
If none of this works, practice for the Bengals game will begin at 8 am