Pat Kirwan provides some promising thoughts for Jets fans on NFL.com about what the migration of top left guards does to the rushing offenses they emigrate from and the ground games they immigrate to.
As always, you day-traders, past results are no guarantee of future success, but what Kirwan unearthed hints positively at what Alan Faneca could bring to the Jets’ table this season.
Kirwan, the former Jets front office man as recently as a dozen years ago, looked at the impact Larry Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Eric Steinbach had on their old and new teams. PK’s conclusion:
"It appears the Steelers will probably drop off. As for the Jets, they should expect their running game to jump from 19th to somewhere closer to 12th. Thomas Jones should have a lot more good-sized holes to run through with Faneca blocking the point of attack. The average jump in league ranking when the elite guards switched teams was 14 spots in the team ranking in the first year, so a Jets move of seven spots could be considered conservative."
Here is a chart summarizing Kirwan’s premise, with each LG paired with the NFL running-game rankings of his old team for the season before his move and his new team for the season after:
|Guard||Old Team||Bef||Aft||New Team||Bef||Aft|
|Larry Allen||DAL, ’05||13||13||SF, ’06||17||6|
|Steve Hutchinson||SEA, ’05||3||14||MIN, ’06||27||16|
|Eric Steinbach||CIN, ’06||26||24||CLE, 07||31||10|
|Alan Faneca||PIT, ’07||3||…||NYJ, ’08||19||…|
Jets Bike: Good Ride
Ed Olli, a.k.a. Fred, emailed us this week to let us know that his motorcycle, well-known among certain pockets of Green & White fans, has had a productive season on the show circuit.
"The JETS Bike had a great fall and spring with two second-place finishes at the world’s famous Rats Hole Bike shows in Daytona and Leesburg," Fred said. "In addition, it won first place at the annual Rat Hole of Myrtle Beach show in May.
"My bike now sits proudly in my office and all the kids and parents love it. I have decided to keep it in NY until December and would love to have the opportunity to show it to all the fans at the stadium."
Congrats on the ribbons, Fred, and I’m sure we’ll see you and your chopper around the Meadowlands in the coming season.
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