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Chan Gailey keeping Jets' offense simple -- and it's working

New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey watches

New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey watches his team warm up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Credit: AP / Bill Kostroun

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Simple actually is better, especially if you're the Jets' offense.

Gone are the days of abundant play calls. For the players, that means no more overthinking.

"We're not going into a game with 100 plays," right tackle Breno Giacomini said Monday, acknowledging that compared with last year, their game plans are pared down under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

The benefits to doing it this way are easy to see. "You play fast," Giacomini said a day after the Jets put up 31 points, 333 total yards and 154 rushing yards in their 31-10 Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns. "You kind of get the thinking out of it . . . and that's what you want."

Rather than try to fit players into his own offensive vision, Gailey is tailoring his play-calling to better suit his players. Sunday's performance was a glimpse of how balanced the Jets' offense can be with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker stretching the field and running back Chris Ivory bulling his way through defenders.

"I think Chan's plan [of] using the guys that he has available to him and kind of developing it that way has given us a good edge with the preparation," center Nick Mangold said. "With the way that Chris is running the ball, the way BP [Bilal Powell] runs the ball and the way our guys outside can make plays, I think Chan's in a good spot. He's got plenty of options. We just need to keep blocking up front so they can make the plays."

Added Giacomini: "I think they're taking what we're good at and we just keep running it over and over and over. That's who we are. So it feels a little bit different, but it feels good."

Gailey's influence also can be seen in Fitzpatrick's throwing motion -- or better yet, the speed of it. "With Chan's offense in general, the ball's coming out. I think everybody knows that," said Fitzpatrick, who completed 15 of 24 passes for 179 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

After one win, the unit is feeling good about where it's headed in 2015.

"I think we can be a really good offense," Fitzpatrick said. "I don't know what that really means at this point, but I think we've got not only a lot of talent but a lot of smart guys in that huddle, and that's really important in this league and we're real competitive. It's fun to be in that huddle."

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