The New York Jets never seemed to get things going during Sunday's Week 6 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jets' offense was held to just two field goals in their 19-6 loss. For the first time this season, Gang Green's offense failed to get into the end zone.
The Jets seemed to steer away from the running game, a staple of their offensive scheme. They ran the ball just 20 times, while attempting 34 passes. For an offense that preaches a balanced approach, the play calling did not coincide with its philosophy. Since they had early success running the ball, many were left baffled as to why the play calling drifted away from the ground. Even the players did not understand why they opted not to run the ball more.
"I definitely feel like we should have stayed with the run game," said Jets' right ruard Willie Colon. "I thought we were being efficient in that aspect of the game, but all we can do is our jobs and (execute the plays called). We have a lot of faith in our OC (offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg) and his ability to call games. I'm always going to stand behind him."
The Jets were very efficient while running the ball, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. The Jets' offensive line was able to push back the tough defensive line with ease, proving great success with the run game. Running the ball against Pittsburgh's defense is always tough, but Willie Colon did not feel like it was too difficult:
"I felt for the most part we did our job," noted Colon. "It was little things here and there. This is one of those games we lost, it's not the end of the season. We have to learn from it and move on and get ready for New England. That where our eyes are at."
The 19-6 loss offers many teaching points for the Jets this week, heading into their Week 7 game against the Patriots. The offense has to sustain drives and convert in the red zone. In addition to picking up the blitz, Colon offers a few more teaching points from this week's game:
"You can't turn over the ball," admitted Colon. "We've got to do a better job in the run game. We've got to give Geno (Smith) more time. That's what we (have) to do. It's not about pointing the finger. I was always taught when you point the finger, you better start with the thumb. That's how I approach every game and that's my attitude."
Keeping the ball out of Tom Brady's hands will give the Jets the best chance of winning. They cannot afford to turn the ball over and give Brady more chances to score. The Jets also need to stick with the running game; having plenty success against their opponents through the first six weeks of the season. Hopefully the Jets will learn from their mistakes from Sunday's loss, putting things together, to walk out with a win on October 20 against New England.