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Which side of the ball will lead the Jets in 2019, offense or defense?


Which side of the ball will be the strength of the Jets in 2019?  

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  1. 1. Which side of the ball will be the strength of the Jets in 2019?

    • Offense - Darnold's progress, the additions of Bell, Crowder, Osemele and an offensive HC in Gase outweigh OLine concerns and average WRs.
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    • Defense - A solid DLine gets the addition of Quinnen Williams, huge upgrade at ILB with CJ Mosely, Jamal Adams coming into his own and mad scientist Gregg Williams working the magic and masking CB concerns.
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This is fairly subjective but I'm sure there are some ways we could objectively quantify (ex. ranking in Points For vs. Points Against) but I'm just trying to get a feel for where people think the strength of the team will be.  It has almost ALWAYS been the defense in recent years, even dating back to the Rex days.  But I'm getting the sense that for the first time in a while, and in large part due to Darnold's progress and the Le'Veon Bell signing, people may think the offense will be the strength of the team.

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Offense, easily.  Darnold takes the next step and we added a superstar to that side of the ball plus some other nice pieces.  There's no real excuse for the offense not to have a solid season. 

The defense, meanwhile, has huge question marks at the premium positions.  Even if Trumaine Johnson has a great bounceback season, QB's will just spend all day shredding our other corners.  And while people keep screaming at me that Gregg Williams is going to run a lot of 4-3, we simply don't have the personnel to do that.  We don't have any real DE's and we have too many ILB's to keep them off the field.  There's really no reason to believe we're going to get a great pass rush without some great scheming by Williams, and he's overrated as an X's and O's guy. 

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The corners are bad and the DL isn't going to rush the passer well enough to compensate for it unless Quinnen Wiliiams is Aaron Donald right off the bat, so the whole defense will be sitting ducks a lot of the year. I think the offense will be good enough most weeks to compete, but unless Darnold throws 35+ TD's, this is a .500 team at best. Talent-wise, they're two years away, minimum. 

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The weakness on the offense is the OL, while the strength of the defense is supposed to be the DL. If football is still a game that's won in the trenches, why is the offense dominating in practice? 

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2 minutes ago, slats said:

The weakness on the offense is the OL, while the strength of the defense is supposed to be the DL. If football is still a game that's won in the trenches, why is the offense dominating in practice? 

To be fair, we keep reading about the would-be "sacks" the DL is getting, but the QB is still going to throw the ball on the play anyway. How many of these plays where Darnold rolls out and completes it are actually doomed in real time? Difficult to quantify DL play based on that alone. 

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4 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

To be fair, we keep reading about the would-be "sacks" the DL is getting, but the QB is still going to throw the ball on the play anyway. How many of these plays where Darnold rolls out and completes it are actually doomed in real time? Difficult to quantify DL play based on that alone. 

That is fair. 

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13 minutes ago, slats said:

The weakness on the offense is the OL, while the strength of the defense is supposed to be the DL. If football is still a game that's won in the trenches, why is the offense dominating in practice?  

 

10 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

To be fair, we keep reading about the would-be "sacks" the DL is getting, but the QB is still going to throw the ball on the play anyway. How many of these plays where Darnold rolls out and completes it are actually doomed in real time? Difficult to quantify DL play based on that alone. 

 

5 minutes ago, slats said:

That is fair. 

 

That's good message boardin' right thar. 

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Defense easily... Just because the offense added a nice slot receiver and a great running back doesn't mean the entire unit will function well. The very core of the offense is insufficient. Having a bad OL is like building a house without a foundation. That is what afflicts the Jets offense. Until they add an additional WR and at least a Center this offense cannot even be mentioned in the same breath as the defense.

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