When Brett Favre came to New York, everything changed. Now that he’s gone, everything will change again…for the better.
Favre had his own, gun-slinging-I’m going to make a big play out of every scramble situation style. While he threw for twenty-two touch downs (six of which were in one game), he also was intercepted twenty-two times.
Whether it is rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez or Kellen Clemens starting in week one, the man under center will have to fit the system established by new Head Coach Rex Ryan and old Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Sanchez, who should be starting week one, threw only ten interceptions while notching thirty-four touchdowns at USC. He is an accurate passer with good pocket presence and more mobile than Favre, so the Jets should return to the shorter passing game that was in place before Favre arrived.
And let’s face it, with the departure of Laveranues Coles and no replacement (hold on Plax), the Jets lack a second, established receiver who can go deep along with Jerricho Cotchery. Until Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney can prove themselves, the Jets are better off staying short and accurate, especially if Dustin Keller continues to grow and improve upon his rookie season.
On the ground, the Jets have serious talent. Leon Washington is one of the best change-of-pace backs in the game. Thomas Jones is coming off his strongest seasons, and rookie Shonn Greene could make an impact on third downs and short yardage situation. The depth at running back gives Ryan, Schottenheimer and the rest of the coaching staff has room for creativity in play calling, which will be necessity given the relative inexperience at the quarterback position.
The Jets lost two major components of their offense from last season. However, losing Favre and Coles will allow-essentially force-the Jets play calling to be more creative-something that was sorely lacked last year.
Furthermore, since the offense will run through the coaches and not through Favre, the Jets should turn the ball over less, resulting in a more consistent offense. In this case, the Jets' loss is also their gain.