Former Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon said he was sure the Jets would move the ball against the Steelers' defense. So he was surprised that the Jets went away from the run game early in the second half.For as good as Marty Mornhinweg is as scheming receivers open, it is an offense that is hard for a rookie quarterback to consistently run effectively. Running the ball eight times in the second half is a telling statistic, and one that is confounding considering that the Jets were doing a decent job of getting yardage on the ground when they did run.
“I definitely feel like we could have stayed with the run game,” he said. “I thought we were being efficient in that aspect of the game. We have to learn from it and move on and get ready for New England.”
The Jets rushed for 83 yards on 20 carries, a 4.2 average. In the second half, they ran the ball just eight times compared to 22 pass attempts.
No one's looking for a return to 2009, but the Jets seem to be abandoning the run too early for our liking. We hope that the Jets use their third loss as a chance to consider their play mix going forward with the Patriots (5-1), Bengals (4-2) and Saints (5-1) on the schedule in the next three weeks.