The Jets lost a back this week, but one of the replacements thinks the team needs to respond by running even more.
Jets running back Chris Ivory said he’s hoping the team responds to Mike Goodson’s season-ending knee injury by leaning on him.
“I would like to see us run the ball more,” Ivory told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I really feel like when you can run the ball, that opens up everything else. It would take a little [pressure] off Geno [Smith]. . . .
“Going [forward], we have to run the ball. I feel like it’s a must.”
Of course, that’s diametrically opposed to the philosophy of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who has always leaned more toward the pass.
“We run the ball,” Ivory said. “I just don’t feel like it’s consistent, . . . Rex [Ryan] wants to run the ball, but I guess as the O.C. you see something different out there.
“I think he’s just a passing guy. The offense he runs is built for passing.”
Of course, Ivory has a vested interest in emphasizing the run, since he has just 34 carries after coming over in a trade with the Saints, where he was marginalized on a team that leaned heavily toward the pass. Of course, that team had Drew Brees instead of a rookie, so that’s the appropriate choice for them.
Ivory has a valid point, though. The Jets have run more in their three wins, but that’s also a natural outgrowth of having leads and not playing from behind. Running instead of passing isn’t necessarily some secret formula, but shortening games for a good defense and limiting the opportunities for rookie mistakes seems like a wise plan.