One of the Jets' downfalls this season has been their inability to move the football. During the regular season against teams like the Patriots, Packers and Ravens, the Jets could not move the ball consistently, therefore causing them to lose important games.
Against the Packers, the Jets were shutout, nine to nothing. Against the Ravens, their offense was held to nine points as they lost by one. While they were successful in their first meeting against the Patriots; they were embarrassed when they traveled to Foxboro and were destroyed 45-3.
One of the signs that Brian Schottenheimer might be saying goodbye to his offensive coordinator position was when the Jets had their offensive line coach, Bill Callahan, call the shots.
For Schottenheimer, his future rides on whether or not the Jets can defeat the Steelers and the winner of the NFC championship game. The games the Jets have lost (with the exception of Chicago), they've lost because of an inconsistency in their play calling.
While their defense kept them in it, Schottenheimer was not able to put Sanchez into situations in which he could throw easy passes. With that, Sanchez has his moments though, and he is a quality quarterback. The fact of the matter is that he still is not playing at the same level as a quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning where they can make something out of nothing.
The Jets have a successful running game, but their game against the Patriots showed they needed to play well on all levels to beat a good team. If the Jets become one-dimensional because of Schottenheimer's inability to give the Jets receivers routes in which Sanchez does not have to force the ball in and risk an interception, a defense as skilled as the Steelers cause immense amounts of damage to the Jets offensive scheme.
The bottom line is, since being embarrassed on December 6th in Foxboro, Schottenheimer has been trying to prove why he should stay in New York and has been succeeding. The only problem is, his hot streaks can't just happen after a wake up call like the one the Patriots defense gave him.
In order for the Jets offense to be successful week in and week out they'll need someone who will consistently deliver, especially against top teams. With the vast amount of offensive weapons the Jets have, as long as Schottenheimer utilizes all of them and the defense holds up their end of the bargain, the Jets should be able to move past the Steelers on Sunday and hopefully continue their winning streak against the Bears or the Packers.