Jets should learn from Dolphins' mistakes

January, 19, 2013
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Remember last year when the Miami Dolphins continually explained that you don't need top receivers to successfully run a West Coast offense?

Well, we all know by now that is false. Look no further than Miami's 26th-ranked passing offense and meager 18 points per game in 2012. Suddenly, Miami is changing its tune and looking to spend top dollar on a No. 1 wide receiver this offseason.

The New York Jets should learn from Miami's mistakes. The Jets, under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, would be wise to quickly add talent at wide receiver. That is one of New York's thinnest positions, which would make it extremely difficult to run a West Coast offense.

Mornhinweg had DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and others at receiver in Philadelphia. The Jets have mostly question marks.

Maybe Santonio Holmes can return to form after a season-ending foot injury. Maybe rookie Stephen Hill can become more consistent in his second year. Maybe Mark Sanchez or another quarterback will improve in a West Coast scheme. These are a lot of maybes.

The Jets are doing a complete 180 on offense this season. New York's old and outdated ground-and-pound style will be replaced by a pass-heavy offense that relies on precision and timing. The thought of Sanchez airing it out 35 times a game to New York's current group of receivers is a scary thought. New general manager John Idzik better make some upgrades fast, or this would be a recipe for disaster.

The Dolphins are a year behind on offense because they overrated their system. No pass-heavy, West Coast scheme can work unless you have talented receivers who can get open and make plays. Miami learned that lesson the hard way last season. But it doesn't have to be this difficult for New York in 2013 if the team gets in front of the problem.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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