After possessing one of the best offensive lines in franchise history in the beginning of the Rex Ryan era, the Jets have grown weak in the trenches in recent seasons.
Alan Faneca, Damien Woody and Brandon Moore have long since retired, Matt Slauson and Austin Howard have departed in free agency in each of the last two offseasons, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold are not the same Pro Bowl-caliber players they once were.
So instead of the offensive line being one of the team's main strengths, it's among one of the biggest weaknesses.
With a young, developing quarterback at the helm, that's not a good thing.
To maximize the offensive line's performance, the coaching staff needs to find the right mixture of players to start.
Breno Giacomini is likely the favorite to start at right tackle, but can he stop committing so many costly penalties?
Is fourth-round selection Dakota Dozier or second-year man Brian Winters the right man to start at right guard?
And is Willie Colon, coming off of season-ending surgery, healthy enough to start?
The Jets have to find the right group of players to man the trenches, or they risk severely impeding Geno Smith's development.