The Patriots offensive line may be questionable, but the Jets' isn't any better
One of the biggest concerns for the Patriots' offense heading into this season is the state of their offensive line. Throughout training camp, several players have dealt with injuries that have kept them sidelined and unable to participate in the games as well.
It created an even more anxious environment for those watching the team's progress since there was a lot of hope that the unit would perform much better with Matt Patricia gone from his position as the coach.
Although that's not the case at the moment, the Jets are dealing with the same thing, if not worse.
It has remained an issue throughout training camp and preseason games, which is not what any team wants to see, especially a team that just put all their chips on a trade for Aaron Rodgers, hoping he will be the catalyst for turning the team around. Risking injury to your high-profile quarterback is unfavorable in any way, shape, or form.
The o-line's blocking became such an issue for the Jets recently that head coach Robert Saleh was seen on an episode of Hard Knocks ripping the players for their performances.
"You can have a Hall of Fame quarterback, you can have two $10 million-plus receivers, you can have the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, you can have all kinds of skill in the running back room, but none of it f------ matters until the big boys up front change who the f--- we are. We as coaches -- we as an organization -- can't want it more than you do."
His approach may be harsh for some, but what Saleh said is 100% accurate. At the end of the day, it won't matter how good your quarterback, receivers, running backs, etc., are if your offensive line doesn't adequately do their job. Their the heart and soul of the offense in many ways, as their performance indicates how well the rest of the operation will work.
So if the offensive line fails, the offense probably will too.
Of course, this will work in the Patriots' favor, as they have a dominant defense overall, but especially their front seven. If they can manage to take over the game when Rodgers is on the field, it would make getting a win much easier.