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Former NY Jet Bart Scott discusses the team’s offensive issues

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The former Jets’ linebacker shared his thoughts about the team’s offensive struggles this season

Bart Scott is not putting all of the blame on Zach Wilson.

Speaking about the New York Jets’ offensive struggles this season, the former linebacker explained that there are more issues than just the quarterback.

“This is the problem. Listen, everybody knows I kept it all the way 100. It’s hard for me to evaluate Zach Wilson when your second receiver doesn’t catch the ball at a clip above 50 percent. When the right tackle is being walked back to the quarterback as if he is not there like he’s a cone. And then you talk about guys not getting separation,” said Scott.

“If I’m defending the New York Jets, I’m stacking the box and doubling Garrett Wilson. Let Allen Lazard beat me…that is really where they are struggling. They are so easy to defend.”

Based on his comments, Scott is correct in his assessment of the New York Jets offense.

Multiple fundamental issues are hampering the team. The offensive line has lacked any continuity this season and has forced players to play multiple positions. Despite some progress, Zach Wilson is holding onto the ball too long and still is not seeing the field well. The skill position talent outside of Breece Hall and Wilson is barren, and the play-calling has been lackluster.

There are avenues that the team could explore in the short term to try to spark the offense. The team could activate Jason Brownlee and Israel Abanikanda. Trevor Siemian could take over for Zach Wilson at quarterback, and Todd Downing could take over as play-caller.

But even with those changes, they are marginal at best and seemingly unlikely to happen in the short term.

It is clear that there is no “simple fix” for the Jets’ offense. As Scott said, the Jets have a “personnel” problem on their offense at the skill and offensive line positions, along with a struggling play-caller.

Wholesale improvements and changes, such as bolstering the wide receiver, offensive line, and backup quarterback positions, only become possible in the offseason.

For now, the Jets must scrape it together and find ways to overcome their deficiencies. Otherwise, the team will be outside of the postseason conversation once again.

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