Jets by the Numbers: 2013 Stats New York Must Improve in 2014
The Jets are coming off a surprising 8-8 season in which several youngsters emerged as producers and a few veterans revived their careers.
However, New York still has a laundry list of weaknesses throughout the roster, mostly on the offensive side of the ball.
For Gang Green to take the next step and emerge as serious playoff contenders this year, the team needs to address these issues.
Click through to see which statistical departments the Jets have to improve in for this upcoming season.
With the mistake-prone Mark Sanchez at the helm from 2009 to 2012, Gang Green consistently possessed one of the worst turnover ratios in football.
With rookie quarterback Geno Smith under center last season, the team didn't fare much better.
Smith made a boatload of physical and mental errors throughout the season, and he often struggled to move on from one mistake, resulting in more turnovers.
Hopefully for Jets fans, Smith's rookie jitters will be toned down in his sophomore season.
A better receiving corps and a more consistent rushing attack would certainly help.
New York's defense was solid for most of 2013, but the unit often struggled at forcing opponents into mistakes.
The Jets' secondary needs to make more big plays in 2014 and give the offense more chances, too.
Points Per Game
With a turnover ratio that rated among the NFL's worst, a rookie quarterback without any premier weapons, and a rushing attack that sometimes failed to get going, it's no surprise that the Jets struggled to put up points last season.
Gang Green averaged a lowly 18.1 points per game in 2013, which ranked fourth-worst in the NFL.
While Jets fans are used to offensive deficiencies, this took it to a new level.
It's amazing that New York managed to win eight games averaging such a pathetic point total.
The Jets have plenty of money to spend in free agency and twelve draft picks, so expect them to target talented skill position players who can come in and reinvigorate the offense.
I don't think Gang Green supporters can deal with another year of a stagnant offensive unit.
Passing Yards Allowed Per Game
Since Rex Ryan took over in 2009, the Jets have consistently ranked among football's best pass defenses.
However, that changed dramatically last year.
In Ryan's first campaign without Darrelle Revis, the secondary struggled to slow down opposing aerial attacks.
New York ranked just 22nd in the league in passing yards allowed per game (246.7).
The unit was dreadful against tight ends throughout the year, allowing huge games to everyone from Jimmy Graham to Scott Chandler.
It didn't help that Antonio Cromartie was plagued by injury and inconsistency the entire season.
With Cromartie now gone, New York's secondary will see a major shakeup.
Dee Milliner is currently the only starting-caliber corner on the roster, and the Jets have serious concerns at safety.
Right now, the back end of the defense is a complete mess.
Passing touchdowns were a luxury throughout last season, and by that, I mean every one was like Christmas.
The Jets ranked last in passing touchdowns, as they compiled just 13 in all 16 games.
It's difficult to comprehend how abysmal that is, especially considering that Peyton Manning threw 14 scores in his first four games alone last year.
New York knows it can't win games without having anything that resembles an aerial attack, so expect John Idzik and the front office to bring in multiple new offensive threats.
If the Jets can get this number up to 25 in 2014, they have a serious shot at competing for a playoff spot.
The Jets' offensive deficiencies didn't end at just quarterback and the receiving corps. The offensive line also struggled for a good portion of the year.
New York was subpar in pass protection throughout the season, as the offensive line gave up 47 sacks. Only six other teams allowed more.
With a young and developing quarterback under center, the Jets can't afford to be dominated by opposing pass-rushers.
That means that former Pro Bowlers Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who underperformed last season, need to step up.
Interestingly, the Jets already had a shakeup on their line in free agency, as they replaced Austin Howard with Breno Giacomini, per Randy Lange of newyorkjets.com.
While Giacomini is a solid player, Howard was actually New York's most consistent offensive lineman last season.
It's hard to see the Jets improving in this area next year.