A few days ago PFF published the percentage of times individual RBs faced 8 or more men in the box (min. 100 carries). Unsurprisingly, two of the top 4 players were Jets. The other two in that top 4 were Gore and Peterson, as though anyone needed another reason to acknowledge that those 2 guys are beastly.
Gore 42% | Greene 39% | Peterson 34% | Powell 33% [league avg = 23%]
Now obviously some of that is situation-based. Certain down/distance combos are pretty much "must run" situations - or are treated as so by the defense anyway - and while I suppose it's possible that we had a greater percentage of must-run downs than others, until someone can prove it I'll assume we weren't so much different than ~30 others. It seems to me there was a combination of Sparano making predictable calls from the sidelines (plus Sanchez's audibles at the line) plus a total lack of respect for our passing game, which is hardly shocking to Jets fans. Teams stacked against the run against us, and usually did so with impunity. They knew what was coming, and if they guessed wrong, they still weren't going to get hurt badly by Sanchez.
The 2012 Jets couldn't run worth a damn against any team with any semblance of a rush defense. It was a huge problem. The personnel moves we've made on the OL, at RB, and in our new OC, plus the good possibility that Sanchez won't be our QB again, means the team has at least made efforts to address this problem from multiple angles. In 4-6 months we'll see how good of a job we did.