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It is no secret that Rex Ryan loves to run the football
During the 1978 NFL season, the New England Patriots set the NFL record for rushing yards in a season with four running backs totaling 500 or more rushing yards. In 2012, I believe that we’ll see the New York Jets break that record.
The speculation all offseason has been that Tim Tebow was brought in not to be a backup quarterback, but rather, to start over Mark Sanchez. If Tebow starts Week 1 for the Jets, the odds of this record being broken goes up immensely.
Under the direction of Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos led the league in rushing last year. In fact, from Weeks 7-16, when Tebow took over as starter, the Broncos averaged 212.3 rushing yards-per-game, a 16-game pace of 3,396 yards, which would have obliterated the previous record.
Rex Ryan loves to run the football, even more than John Fox in Denver. This can be evidenced by his teams in 2009 and 2010, which ranked first and fourth in the league in rushing respectively. In 2009, when they ranked first, they actually accumulated 2,756 yards on the ground, the most of any team in the league since the Falcons ran for 2,939 in 2006. In 2009, the Jets didn’t have a quarterback who could run the football, Mark Sanchez was their starter, and practically all of their yards came from their running backs.
Insert Tim Tebow into the mix, along with rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill, who is a very good blocker coming out of Georgia Tech’s triple-option system, and the Jets are set up to be a dominant run-based attack in 2012.