SoFlaJets Posted October 19, 2010 Share Posted October 19, 2010 Jets Rewind: Analyzing the Good, Bad & Ugly in 24-20 win over Broncos in Week 6 By Manish Mehta We begin the Fortuitous Flag Edition of the Rewind with three unyielding truths from the Jets’ 24-20 come-from-behind win over the Broncos on Sunday: 1) Yes, Santonio Holmes would have caught Mark Sanchez’s 4th-down heave if not for Renaldo Hill’s blatant facemask that put Holmes off-balance just enough. 2) No, Jim Leonhard’s hit on Brandon Lloyd was not an illegal helmet-to-helmet one. Brutal call by the officials. 3) Demaryius Thomas’ right foot clearly wasn’t inbounds on his 17-yard go-ahead TD catch over Darrelle Revis late in the third quarter. Sure, the Jets were down to their final timeout after having lost a challenge two plays earlier, but you have to throw the red flag there. In the end, it was a moot point, but it could have come back to haunt Rex Ryan’s club. THE GOOD Antonio Cromartie is putting together a Pro Bowl caliber season after holding Brandon Lloyd, who led the league in receiving yards entering the game, in check. By my breakdown, he was thrown at 10 times and allowed three catches for 55 yards. He was flagged for a highly questionable 19-yard pass interference on Lloyd in the third quarter. He also added 3 pass breakups. Everyone will remember Nick Folk’s franchise-record 56-yard field goal. But how about this: The Jets kicker was 5-for-5 in touchbacks on kickoffs. Pretty impressive. Brilliant route and field awareness by Braylon Edwards on his 32-yard TD on the first play of the second quarter. Edwards beat Champ Bailey on a post pattern by 1) Influencing Bailey to hedge to his left -- the sideline -- on a quick move stutter move off the snap and 2) using cornerback Nate Jones to, in effect, pick Bailey and create separation. Edwards ran past Jones’ right shoulder as Dustin Keller (who motioned to a stack formation behind Edwards pre-snap) ran an out route. … LaDainian Tomlinson picked up the linebacker blitz to give Mark Sanchez plenty of time to hit Edwards for the score. John Conner’s crushing block on Renaldo Hill on a stretch play helped pave the way for Tomlinson’s 20-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Great blocks by Conner, Keller, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Matt Slauson. DID YOU NOTICE? Left guard Matt Slauson stepped on Sanchez’s left foot after the snap on Tomlinson’s 2-yard game-winning touchdown. Sanchez did a great job to make sure the handoff exchange was clean. The Jets still haven’t given up a point in the first quarter this season. The Jets are excellent at limiting their tendencies. Consider the run:pass breakdowns: First play of series: 8 run, 4 pass On first down: 15 run, 11 pass Credit Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for opting to change their pressure packages on the Broncos final drive. Kyle Orton took advantage of 2 4-man rushes and a 3-man rush to get the ball to near midfield. Then, the Jets came with a safety blitz (Pool and Leonhard) that resulted in just a 4-yard completion. The Jets came with a corner blitz from Dwight Lowery off the defensive right side that paid dividends when Orton couldn’t handle the shotgun snap. Lowery was in perfect position to land on the ball and seal the victory. (James Ihedigbo and Drew Coleman blitzed form the defensive left side as the Jets’ showed a 7-man rush before bringing just 5). The Jets’ execution down the stretch ultimately proved to be the biggest difference. In three fourth-quarter drives (excluding game-ending kneel down), Rex Ryan’s team ran 18 plays for 140 yards and scored 14 points. In contrast, the Broncos ran 20 plays for 68 yards and scored 3 points. They also had a critical turnover. THE BAD Mark Sanchez made the right decision when he needed to, but he easily had his worst statistical day. Consider: 1. Sanchez was 6-11 for 67 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked once on third downs 2. After a stretch of 184 consecutive passes without an interception, Sanchez threw two picks in 13 passes. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimerhas done a nice job through the first six weeks to get Sanchez throwing on the run via misdirection. Here’s the breakdown on Sanchez in the pocket and on the move (created by designed bootlegs and defensive pressure that forced him to leave the pocket): In the pocket: 12-23, 151 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Out of the pocket: 5-7, 47 yards, sacked twice, 1 46-yard DPI The defense was shaky on third-and-passing situations. Consider: Ryan’s unit allowed Kyle Orton to convert 6 of 13 third-down dropbacks for first downs. Here’s the breakdown of how Orton fared against the Jets’ various pressure packages. 3-man rush: 0-1; 1 carry for 9 yards 4-man rush: 0-1; 1 carry for 13 yards 5-man rush: 2-3, 30 yards; 1 fumble lost 6-man rush: 0-3 7-man rush: 1-2; 29 yards 8-man rush: 1-1; 27 yards Orton’s total third-down stats: 4-11; 86 yards; 2 carries for 22 yards; 1 botched snap (turnover) It’s hard to say that Darrelle Revis was bad. It’s also hard to say that he was particularly good. Let’s just say he wasn’t his typical dominating self. By my breakdown, he was thrown at 9 times and allowed 4 catches for 55 yards and one touchdown. Not brutal. But not Revis-like, either. Keller appeared to have hurt his right wrist after tackling Jason Hunter during the linebacker’s interception in the first quarter. The tight end was scheduled to undergo an MRI, but Rex Ryan didn’t believe the injury was serious. You still don’t need one of your key playmakers to get hurt while tackling a defender after a turnover. (Broncos fans will remember that Terrell Davis’ career was never the same when he tore his knee trying to make a tackle after a turnover). THE UGLY What was Holmes thinking on his fumble on an end around late in the third quarter? Not sure. Holmes had two choices to make: 1) Cut outside (left behind Braylon Edwards’ block) or 2) Cut inside (to Edwards’ right), where Tony Richardson could have provided a clear path. Instead, Holmes inexplicably ran right into the back of Edwards and crashed into a waiting Perrish Cox. Strange. Mike Westhoff is one of the best special teams coaches in the business, but his unit was caught napping on the Broncos’ successful second-quarter onsides kick. Kenwin Cummings and Brodney Poll were the culprits. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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