The struggling New York Jets are 3-5 entering their bye week and have lost four of their past five games.
Here are three things the Jets should aim to accomplish during their time off:
1. Improve the offense
If the Jets are truly a “ground-and-pound” offense, why is quarterback Mark Sanchez throwing the football 54 times against Miami? New York lacks an identity and direction at the midpoint of the season. Some weeks, the Jets focus on the running game. Other weeks, they try to outscore their opponents through the air. Neither option has been consistent. New York is 25th in the NFL in passing and 16th in rushing. Jets head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano have a lot of work ahead these next two weeks to figure out what they do best.
2. Figure out Tim Tebow dilemma
Ryan said he’s standing behind Sanchez. But the Jets still have not figured out what to do with popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow. The much-hyped acquisition has been mostly a bust in the first half of the season. Outside of a few successful trick plays on special teams, Tebow has been a non-factor. I like the idea of using Tebow as a pure running back. Tebow has natural running ability and strength that could boost New York’s running game. But the Wildcat is more of a distraction than an asset so far.
3. Get healthy
The Jets entered the Dolphins game banged up. Ironman linebacker Bart Scott (toe) didn’t play. Players like center Nick Mangold (ankle) and tailback Joe McKnight (ankle) are also ailing. The Jets need these two weeks to get better and return closer to full strength. New York will need it when it travels to play the Seattle Seahawks.