Hackett will be in charge of creating competency in New York’s offense, with a focus on getting the passing attack into a more consistent place. Technically, the passing offense was better than the rushing offense — which is surprising considering how much the Jets seemed to emphasize their running backs to start the season. Still, New York finished with 219 passing yards per game (15th in NFL) and just 99 rushing yards per game (seventh-fewest).
The sum of the offensive parts: 17.4 points per game, fourth-worst in the NFL.
“It was important for us to hire an experienced guy — a guy who has put it together not just at one spot but at several spots,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Thursday after announcing Hackett’s hire. “We know we’re going to come in with a basically revamped offensive line, we’ve been talking about getting a veteran quarterback in here if we can, we’ve got a really good group of skill guys. So it was very important to us to look at [candidates] who have done it before.”
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