We checked in with Alan Schechter of The Jet Press to answer some of the more pressing questions facing the Jets as they wrap up the regular season and prepare for their season opener in 10 days. Here’s what he had to say.
1) How important is it for the Jets’ morale to score a touchdown at some point tonight?
I think it’s important, but not extremely important. This offense is an extremely confident group, based in the knowledge that they haven’t unveiled their whole offense yet. Since they made progress the other night against Carolina, I believe they will be OK even without a TD.
2) How do you see Tim Tebow being utilized as the season progresses?
Tim Tebow will have a package of plays, call them read option, wildcat, or whatever. He won’t be asked to play conventional QB, which is a good thing if you have watched him try that out. He will not be the starter unless Mark Sanchez gets hurt. He will run his group of plays, and work on special teams.
3) Do you think Shonn Greene can finally live up to his billing and carry the ground game in 2012?
I believe in Shonn Greene. If his offensive line does the job, he will be fine. When the Jets were ahead in games in 2011, Greene ran rather well, his shortcomings were evident when he didn’t get a lot of touches. The recommitment to the running game will help Greene, and he will benefit from the physical plan and the additional touches.
4) What are the Jets’ strengths heading into the season?
The Jets strengths are on the defensive side of the ball. Karl Dunbar, along with the additions to the front seven have been huge. They will get to the quarterback consistently. They have really improved in the defensive backfield as well, with the additions of LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. No one will feel comfortable going over the middle against these guys.
5) How much pressure is Rex Ryan under to win in 2012? Could his job be in jeopardy?
Rex Ryan does not seem hot seat and doesn’t figure to be. The front office is behind Rex and it’s not likely that will change. The one under the gun is GM Mike Tannenbaum. He has put the Jets behind the eight ball with the lack of depth on offense, and add that to the Tim Tebow trade see a lot of heat if the season doesn’t fair well..