Analysis: The predictable run game

January, 16, 2013
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The Jets finished 12th in rushing offense, which is somewhat remarkable when you consider they had the most predictable running game in the NFL.

Because they lacked a perimeter threat, the coaches operated a four-hole running attack, meaning the large majority of the runs came between the tackles. In fact, only 67 runs came outside the tackles. Most of the plays were simply up the gut; they led the league in runs up the middle.

Here's a breakdown of the Jets' run direction, according to NFL stats:

LEFT END

Plays: 37 (Rank: 27). Avg. gain: 4.22 (Rank: 27)

LEFT TACKLE

Plays: 47 (Rank: 24). Avg. gain: 3.53 (Rank: 24)

LEFT GUARD

Plays: 43 (Rank: 20). Avg. gain: 3.42 (Rank: 24)

MIDDLE

Plays: 212 (Rank: 1). Avg. gain: 3.65 (Rank: 25)

RIGHT GUARD

Plays: 45 (Rank: 17). Avg. gain: 3.64 (Rank: 22)

RIGHT TACKLE

Plays: 69 (Rank: 5). Avg. gain: 4.48 (Rank: 9)

RIGHT END

Plays: 30 (Rank: 27). Avg. gain: 6.03 (Rank: 12)

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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