The New York Jets have plenty of problems. Quarterback problems are at the forefront of those, but former league leading Jets running back Chris Johnson thinks he has the answer.
After back to back devastating defeats to Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, many so called experts have been calling for head coach Rex Ryan to change quarterbacks and make veteran Michael Vick the starter. But it's highly likely that Ryan will ever bite on that.
So what do the Jets need to do to get better? Well, CJ believes they need to be running the ball more.
He admitted to the press this week that he thought himself and back-up tailback, Chris Ivory, would be getting more of the ball this season. At the moment they are both averaging around 10 to 12 carries a game each, with Johnson airing his frustration at those statistics this week.
"Of course we want to run the ball more times and get into where we run the ball 35, 40 times a game, and give us both the opportunity to get a chance to run the ball hard," Johnson told reporters this week via the New York Post.
"I know we both envisioned probably getting more carries, not just us both getting 10, 12 apiece. Probably more than that. A lot of times, you've got to go how the game goes, and we've been put in situations where we've had to throw the ball."
Ivory needs to start
But as much as Johnson wants to talk about the Jets running the ball more, it's easier said than done. What the Jets really need to be doing is running the ball more effectively, and specifically, CJ needs to run better.
I know what you're thinking, but the Jets ground game has impressed at times this season already. It has, but not enough.
Too much of the good ground work is coming from Ivory. He's supposed to be a back-up, but his 5.7 yards a carry stats suggest that he should take over more of Johnson's workload.
CJ's stats are pretty average so far this season with 3.7 yards a carry, and it would be best for the Jets to go with Ivory as their main back for the foreseeable future. The man just has more size and presence. The strength that he used to bulldoze Bears' defenders on Monday Night Football in the second half was the only good thing that the Jets did after the half-time break.
The sooner the Jets realize that Ivory is their best back the better off they will be.
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