Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jets' Spread Offense Poses Unique Threat to Chiefs Defense

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jets' Spread Offense Poses Unique Threat to Chiefs Defense

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The New York Jets offense touching down at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday might appear familiar to Kansas City fans, but offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's spread philosophy differs enough from the standard NFL offense to pose matchup challenges for the Chiefs defense.

"It's something that he's really believed in," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said about Gailey's penchant for using four wide receiver formations, "And obviously (it) causes you some issues that you got to deal with from matchup standpoints. They can spread you out and do a good job of running the ball."

Gailey reunited a year ago in New York with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and together they have reinvigorated the Jets offense that averages almost 30 points per game and ranks fourth in the league in total offense with 416.5 yards per game.

The veteran Fitzpatrick -- who started for the Bills when Gailey was the Buffalo head coach -- thinks the Jets offer the best offensive skill position group he has played with in his 12-year NFL career.

"We've got guys that are on the same page and understand what we're trying to accomplish on every play," Fitzpatrick said. "That's the biggest difference this year from any other year that I've played with the guys in the huddle that we have. I think everybody is on the same page and understands their role on each play."

The supporting cast surrounding Fitzpatrick appears improved this year, with the addition of free agent running back Matt Forte and the emergence of wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. They join veteran receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

The talented offensive corps allows the Jets to maintain a balanced attacked, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

"We just try to be balanced and run the ball just as much as we throw it," Bowles said. "We try to make sure our deep passes are thrown just as often as our medium and short passes. We try to spread it around and take what the defense gives us. …

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