Chris Ivory’s learning nuances of Jets offense have contributed to his recent successes

Great article from Darryl Slater in the Star-Ledger about how Chris Ivory has excelled more as a runner for the Jets in recent weeks.  In it, running backs coach Anthony Lynn explains an example of how Ivory struggled earlier in the year coming back from his hamstring injuries by sharing Ivory’s growth running out of the shotgun.

“You have to be very disciplined to run out of the shotgun,” Lynn said. “Because you have to run that track and (to) that aim point and make that read when you get there – not before you get there.”

Learning to run from the shotgun required trust from Ivory – for the linemen who block in the blind areas of his peripheral vision, and for Lynn, who had never worked in an offense that ran this much out of the shotgun.

“If you had told me that we’d want a Chris Ivory to be in like a spread offense, I would’ve said, ‘Hell no. He’s not that back,’” Lynn said. “It took him a while. He missed a lot of reads early. His tracks and his aim points were off early. But he’s gotten so much better at that. That was a learning curve for me as well (to teach it). I probably slowed him down a little bit.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Smith’s familiarity with the shotgun from his time in West Virginia is something that might predicate why the Jets run out of the shotgun so much this season.  It’s good that Ivory has become more familiar with the nuances of running out of that set, regardless of who might be here in 2014 from a coaching standpoint.  If Ivory and Smith are back in main roles next year, this aspect of how they work well together will only be better for the entirety of the season.
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McGeorge
McGeorge

>>. He is third in the league with 3 yards per carry after contact, tied with Adrian Peterson, according to Pro Football Focus.


The Jets run blocking is bad.  When Ivory gets open he's a beast. I can't wait until Winters becomes a good run and pass blocking left guard :-)



bob
bob

Just got to thinking  how nice it would have been to be talking about Ivory and Goodson this season although Ivory really is awesome.

juunit
juunit

But really what this is saying, is we signed a RB coach who wasn't familiar with a style of running the OC was planning on using AND we got a RB who also wasn't familiar with it PLUS the RB coach didn't think he was capable of learning it. 


Well that's just wonderful planning.

Brendan
Brendan

@McGeorge I wouldn't categorize it as "bad," it's inconsistent. But when Winters blocks well, they own. 

a57se
a57se

@juunit 

I think Geno being the starter had a lot to do with the shift. You really can't expect a kid to come in from college having played mainly from the shotgun to be proficient under center so MM adapted to what Geno was best at just like the Redskins running a lot of Pistol formations for RG3 last year.


Disclaimer: I am not trying to be critical of Geno here NOR am I attempting to compare his skillset or performance to that of RG3 as a rookie.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit Lynn's been with the team since Rex arrived, they didn't sign him this year despite having differing styles from MM. 

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@juunit Yeah, plus Anthony Lynn played his entire NFL career on defense as a corner back. Not saying its impossible but its certainly unusual to have a guy who played exclusively on D coach such a drastically different position. Also, another curious coaching hire was Sanjay Lal who was let go in Oakland for his failure to develop first rd bust Darious Heywood-Bey plus a few other highly regarded young receivers that never developed. Obviously his lack of progress with Steven Hill is another poor grade on his resume to date.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se All teams are running pistol now, it's not a Geno thing. Hell, even Peyton runs it out in Denver. It's just an accepted trend in offensive scheming. 

juunit
juunit

@Brendan@juunit 

Well whatever. Keeping him on then wasn't really thoroughly thought through. 

levi
levi

@Ron Alexander Look on the bright side Lynn can teach them how to tackle when  Geno throws picks.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit Or if Vlad started instead of the poopy diaper dumpster fire that's currently playing LG. Or if Ivory didn't get hurt and miss time earlier in the year. Or if Goodson played more than 6 seconds. 


Lot of those types of scenarios to talk about, which is why I try to ignore them for my own sanity. 

juunit
juunit

@Brendan@juunit 

By this account, they have got it to work. But it took until over halfway through the season. If they'd been able to get it clicking before week 1, we might be talking playoffs right now. 

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit I find it hard to believe that Marty would have kept someone he didn't think could work with him.