Since the end of the 2009 season, the New York Jets' running game has been on the decline.
With a few changes in the offensive line and a switch from Thomas Jones to LaDainian Tomlinson to Shonn Greene as the lead back, the running game has gone from averaging 172.2 rushing yards per game and being ranked first in the league to averaging just 105.8 rushing yards per game and being ranked 22nd in the league at the end of last season.
If the Jets want to have the same kind of success that took them to back-to-back AFC Championship games, they must get back to their ground-and-pound game. They actually have no other choice, given their personnel.
With Mark Sanchez signing an extension to remain the starting quarterback for the near future added to the hiring of new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who favors the run, all signs point to the Jets trying to recapture their once-powerful ground attack.
While hiring Sparano is a start, there are more ways to fix the suddenly nonexistent running game.