The New York Jets should continue to make offense the top priority in the 2022 offseason, and it’s because success on offense leads to more championship opportunities.
There’s an old adage in sports: Defense wins championships. Well, in football that has been proven to be false, especially since 1983.
Mike LaFleur and Zach Wilson are growing together. As the season has gone along, we’ve seen both grow. Now, it’s time for Joe Douglas to help keep that going.
Analytics is something that makes some fans cringe, but analytics can be a useful tool for historical analysis. The website Football Outsider tracks their analytical stat DVOA dating back to the 1983 regular season.
As Mike Tanier told me, DVOA is
There have been 38 NFL championships decided since 1983, and the DVOA stats favor offense in that timeframe very substantially. First, the average DVOA ranking for offense since 1983 — for Super Bowl participants — is seventh. Whereas defense is tenth. That’s as close as it’s going to get.
When it comes to the number of participants, 60 of the 76 participants have been in the top-10 in offense DOVA, as opposed to 38 on the defensive side. Finally, when it comes to both participants being in the top-10, that favors offense 25-6.
(DVOA information can be found here.)
Do the Jets need to improve their defense in 2022? ABSOLUTELY!
That said, the primary focus of the 2022 offseason should be on improving the offense so they can compete for the Super Bowl.
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