" The Jets' Pass Rush Is Scaring Nobody " ~ ~ ~
Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:31 AM
The Jets are tied for 22nd in quarterback sacks.For a team whose success is supposed to be predicated on defense—snarling, seething, hair-on-fire, knock-out-your-grandma-to-make-a-play defense—the Jets haven't done a very good job this season of carrying out a basic aim of any NFL team : tackling the opposing quarterback.
They have just 16 quarterback sacks, which is tied for the 22nd-most among the league's 32 teams. There are 74 NFL players who have at least three sacks this season. The Jets' leader is linebacker Bryan Thomas, who has 2.5 sacks, is 33 years old, and re-signed on Sept. 22 after they had cut him two days earlier. (Hey, at least Thomas remains on the roster. On Tuesday, the Jets cut Aaron Maybin, who had a team-high six sacks in 2011. He had none in eight games this year.)If many of the Jets' problems this season were predictable—the ever-inconsistent play of Mark Sanchez, the dearth of explosiveness among the offense's skill-position players—this one has been something of a surprise. Coach <a class="topicLink" href="http://topics.wsj.co...-ryan/6913">Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine are regarded as being among the NFL's most creative minds in devising blitz packages. In training camp, Ryan couldn't stop gushing over rookie defensive end Quinton Coples, comparing him to the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul. (Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks last season. Coples has two this season.) And the secondary, particularly cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, promised such tight coverage that quarterbacks would be forced to hold the ball, making them easy targets for the Jets' pass rushers.Instead, Ryan and Pettine's defense has been tame in comparison to the pair's first three years in New York. The reasons for the decline are in a way connected like the links of a chain, and the first link is...
…Revis's torn ACL. Once Revis missed a Week 2 game with a concussion and left the lineup for good in Week 3, the Jets' defense was never the same. Opponents have had more time and softer coverage to attack. They're completing 56.6% of their passes—the highest the Jets have surrendered since Ryan became head coach in 2009. Without Revis, the Jets are more vulnerable in man-to-man coverage, which is doubly damaging because…
…the Jets haven't stopped the run. They've improved lately, but they're giving up 145 rushing yards a game, the third-worst average in the league. Opponents haven't had to pass to move the ball against them, so…
…teams aren't throwing the ball as often against the Jets. New York's opponents have carried out 279 pass plays Jets this season. Just four defenses have faced fewer pass plays. In fact, the Jets' failure to defend the run, Pettine said Thursday, contributed to the team's decision to waive Maybin, a player who specialized in tracking down quarterbacks but struggled in the other areas.
"We weren't doing a good job stopping the run on first and second downs," Pettine said, "so when we were in third-and-1, third-and-2, third-and-3 …it's hard to get him out on the field."
What Pettine was driving at is that there have been fewer opportunities for the Jets to collect sacks, and he's right. As he and Ryan also pointed out…
…the Jets haven't had the lead much this season. Well, of course they haven't. They're 3-6. But their overall struggles have a direct effect on their pass rush.Sacks happen more frequently in the fourth quarter than any other stretch of an NFL game. By then, one team is often losing decisively and must throw the ball to catch up, and the other team pursues the quarterback with more gusto. Of the 659 sacks in the NFL this season, for example, 200 of them (30.3%) have come in the fourth quarter. Of the Jets' 16 sacks, three (18.8%) have come in the fourth quarter.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:55 PM
What on the Jets scares anyone?
Not the running game, not the passing game, not the pass rush, not the run defense, nothing, this team is weak top to nottom.
our CBs when healthy scare people. But i reckon our pass defense still scares people cro is playing like a monster
Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:43 PM
Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:28 PM
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The Jets defense tallied three takeaways Sunday in their 27-13 win over the Rams in St. Louis, featuring a budding star on the defensive line and a trio of talented veteran safeties in the backfield.Trailing 7-3 early in the second quarter, Eric Smith set the offense up inside the red zone at the STL 16 as he stepped up in front of a Sam Bradford pass intended for TE Mike McNeil. “My man just released in the flat and he threw a little behind him, giving me a chance to sweep in there and take it from him,” Smith said.
Unfortunately the offense couldn’t cash in and Nick Folk’s 27-yard FGA was blocked by rookie Janoris Jenkins. But the D wasn’t deterred as second-year DE Muhammad Wilkerson racked up a strip-sack of Sam Bradford moments later and veteran WLB Bart Scott advanced the fumble 28 yards to the STL 28.“We were in a 46 front and I just got up the field and made a play for the defense,” said Wilkerson.“Mo balled out,” added the Madbacker in an interview with SNY, who was caught from behind by former teammate Matt Mulligan. “He gave me the alley oop, but I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t dunk.”Maybe Scott couldn’t finish with points, but Mark Sanchez gave the Jets the lead for good at 10-7 on a 25-yard scoring hookup with Chaz Schilens
Wilkerson hasn’t been stopped too much the past five games, totaling 28 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two PDs during that time. Last week, he recorded the Jets only points in Seattle on a 21-yard fumble return.Up 20-7 in the fourth quarter, the Jets put it away after another takeaway.LaRon Landry delivered a perfect hit on RB Daryl Richardson and LB Garrett McIntyre recovered at the STL 38. New York's AFC representative finished with 14 points off takeaways when Bilal Powell recorded his second scoring run of the day from 11 yards out.Landry led the Jets with eight tackles, Yeremiah Bell pitched in with six stops and Smith had three tallies in addition to his pick. With Smitty back at full strength, the Jets have tremendous versatility and punch at safety. The Rams were five of 16 on third-down this afternoon while Bradford completed 52 percent of his passes for just 170 yards.It looked like the Jets might be in for a long day when Bradford led a 13 play, 86-yard opening drive, culminating on a short 4th down scoring pass to Brandon Gibson. But the defense went into lockdown mode from there and cruised to a 27-13 victory."There were no adjustments. We just had to keep fighting,” Wilkerson said. “You can't get caught out of your gaps, and not keeping your eyes on your keys. We're just going to keep working hard and move on to the next play."
“As the game went on, I thought Mike Pettine and everybody did a great job. Just playing fundamentals,” added head coach Rex Ryan. “Our communication got much better and we made some plays up front. That was huge.”The Jets are going to need outstanding performances from Wilkerson and their safety trifecta on Thanksgiving night against the Patriots. But before the focused shifted to the Pats, they took care of business in the Midwest.“We’re running out of games,” Smith said. “If we’re going to make it to the playoffs, we have to make a run and this is where we needed to start.”
Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:36 AM
In a lot of ways, the Jets are the circus you’ve heard about, on the field and off it.There’s the Tim Tebow distraction, anonymous quotes in the media, and back-to-back losses to the Dolphins and Seahawks by a combined 58-16 score after the Patriots outlasted the Jets, 29-26, in overtime Oct. 21.But if the Jets who beat the Rams, 27-13, Sunday take the field at MetLife Stadium Thursday night, the Patriots will get their usual tough matchup from their AFC East rivals.The Patriots have won three straight against the Jets, and since their 45-3 blowout of New York in 2010, the last four meetings have all been one-score games in the fourth quarter.Leading up to the Rams game, the Jets (4-6) may have been enduring a firestorm of negative media attention, but coach Rex Ryan’s group didn’t show the usual signs of a team starting to pack it in.
The Jets are still playing extremely hard, especially on defense.And if there’s one player whom the Patriots will have to account for Thursday night, it’s defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson.The 2011 first-round pick has been terrific this season, especially against the run.Wilkerson (6 feet 5 inches, 315 pounds) isn’t a dominant pass rusher, but he did have a sack against the Rams, and three of his 14 quarterback hurries, according to profootballfocus.com, came in the first matchup with the Patriots.New England doubled Wilkerson on about a quarter of his snaps, but he still was able to do some damage.Wilkerson seemed to have trouble with the Patriots’ quick snaps, and actually didn’t play that well, especially when lined up against left guard Donald Thomas and left tackle Nate Solder.But Wilkerson is coming off one of his best games of the season, and should be aided by the return of nose tackle Sione Pouha, who did not play against the Patriots.
Catching up with the Jets - OFFENSE
If his first read is open and he’s not pressured much, Mark Sanchez can move the offense. That’s exactly what happened against the Patriots in October. Sanchez completed 68.3 percent of his passes for a season-high 328 yards. Why? The Patriots blitzed him just four times (8.3 percent) and pressured him on a season-low 16.7 percent of his dropbacks. The Rams got pressure against Sanchez just five times Sunday, and he completed 75 percent of his passes. Pressure Sanchez, and he plays poorly. On the five snaps on which the Rams were able to get pressure, Sanchez completed just one pass and was sacked three times . . . As far as his targets, Stephen Hill has really struggled of late with drops and appears to have lost confidence. Former Dolphins pick Clyde Gates has become more involved in the passing game and is speedy. Jeremy Kerley, the Jets’ best weapon, is a game-time decision with leg injuries . . . The Jets still rely on an average run game with the hard-hitting Shonn Greene. Bilal Powell is starting to become a factor, especially in the red zone. Right tackle Austin Howard is still a weak link in a line that has played decently.
The Jets’ defense, if the offense isn’t turning the ball over, has played very well. They’ve had issues against the run as the health of tackles Pouha (back) and Kenrick Ellis (knee) has been a huge factor. Probably the biggest change is that the slot cornerback who did such a good job against Wes Welker in the first matchup, Isaiah Trufant, is now on injured reserve. Ellis Lankster has taken over the role and competes hard. The short week could be tough because Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine may not have enough time to rep the new wrinkles they like to throw at Tom Brady.
The Jets have been terrible on special teams for three straight games. They had a field goal blocked, a fake punt snuffed out, and allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown that was called back on an iffy penalty.
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