The Jets are hosting the Patriots tomorrow night on Thanksgiving, so we’re a little short on time at The Green Room. We’re doing our best and using whatever we can to get a film session in before the big divisional matchup.
Since there’s no coach’s film available, JETSerious will take you through a couple of still-shots of the offense, defense, and special teams… and dissect what the Jets did right and wrong against the Rams.
With that said, here’s a little something to read while your turkey’s still in the oven.
There’s only one special teams play that resulted in a turnover… the blocked field goal by the Rams. The Jets were fortunate that the turnover didn’t decide the outcome of the game, but it sure felt like it could have when it happened.
So who’s at fault? Let’s check it out.
It’s actually quite simple. D’Brickashaw Ferguson completely missed Rams’ Jenkins, coming off the left edge. Ferguson’s block is highlighted in yellow, showing that he was too concerned with the pressure coming up the middle.
Jenkins got off the line of scrimmage untouched and gets the block. He had great timing, as you’ll see in the image below.
Folk you Jenkins!
The first play we’re going to look at is a 2nd & 8 play during the 1st half.
Antonio Cromartie is circled in yellow at the top of the picture. The reason you’re focusing on Cro is because he makes one hell of a block!
Pay attention to the difference between these first two shots. Considering where Cro starts, it’s amazing to see how far he takes Cortland Finnegan on the run block.
Cromartie is no longer circled in yellow, but he’s making a block at the 50 yard line. This gives Shonn Greene a lot of field to work with to his right.
By the way, Cortland Finnegan is no scrub, making this run block by Cromartie even more impressive. If Cro can continue to make blocks like this one for our run game, he might just take over for Dropsies Stephen Hill.
Speaking of Stephen Hill, he needs to work on eyeing the ball into his hands.
Forget about running routes or juking out defenders…. Catch the damn ball!
Sanchez’s pass hits him in the hands. This is unacceptable. His drop was responsible for one of the few incompletions by Mark Sanchez (who played great). The drop also put the Jets in a very difficult situation early in the game.
This was a 3rd down play that would’ve resulted in a first down. Instead the Jets were forced to punt.
Where’d the ball go?
Next, let’s look at Mark Sanchez’s touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens.
But before we get started, let’s show a little respect for Mark. I think it’s unfair that the media and analysts mention Mark in such a negative manner. Or, they won’t mention him at all. He was the center of attention after playing poorly, yet isn’t mentioned after he led the Jets to a win with a 75% completion percentage. It’s fine to critique his play and when he plays bad, but show some respect when he plays good!
This is a great play design by Tony Sparano, which we haven’t seen much of.
Nevertheless, the play was executed to perfection.
The screen to Kerley draws the two Rams CB’s, leaving Schilens open in the corner.
Schilens makes a great grab. I assume that he knew how vital this play was for him. He gets limited opportunities and it’s rare that he’ll get this wide open again… so to his credit, he came through.
Now, the key here is a clean pocket… but let’s also look at Mark’s mechanics.
Mark’s pump-fake on the touchdown was outstanding. It manipulated the Rams corners, as they attempted to jump the short route to Kerley.
This is the Mark Sanchez we all fell in love with in ’09 and ’10, making the necessary throws to help the Jets get to the AFC Championship.
Let’s not get too carried away, though. Mark still has some cleaning up to do.
You’ll see on this next play that Kerley is WIDE OPEN. Mark is able to get him the ball for a huge gain.
But let’s look a little closer. Take a look at the next picture.
The throw is high, forcing Kerley to leap and take a big hit. I’m sure Kerley would prefer to catch the ball cleanly, and go down during his YAC. Instead he has to take a shot and is somehow able to hold onto the ball.
This angle shows how high the throw truly is. Kerley isn’t a tall guy to begin with, so Mark has to adjust his accuracy a little bit. If he can do just that, it’ll give Kerley an opportunity to make a move for the endzone once he makes the catch (take notes Hill).
We’ll now shift our focus to the defense. Also, JETSerious has a turkey-bonus special coming up—giving the tools to victory from Sunday and Tomorrow night’s matchup as well.
Next, we’ll take a look at “Smitty’s” interception. He made an excellent jump on the ball.
He showed great quickness, now that he’s healthy, and also great awareness/strength to hold onto the ball.
It was a huge error for Bradford, as you’ll see him make an ill-advised pass. Not to mention, Stephen Jackson had David Harris beat. Just look at the next picture… Jackson even held his hands up!
This was a missed opportunity for St. Louis.
Fortunately for us, we got another turnover… courtesy of our 2nd year man on the rise, Muhammad Wilkerson. He’ll be circled in yellow.
Now that you see where Wilkerson is lined up, check out his quickness off the snap…
He beats the Rams offensive lineman to the edge.
Wilkerson also uses his long wingspan to knock the ball out from Sam Bradford. Muhammad is starting to look like an excellent 1st round pick for us. As he continues to emerge, we’ll witness him become one of the top defensive ends in the NFL. The future is bright for Wilkerson and fellow 1st rounder, Quinton Coples.
Tool to Victory @ St. Louis
These next two photos will demonstrate the physicality the Jets tend to play with, during their 4 wins thus far.
Shonn Greene beastin’ it.
Antonio Cromartie lays down the law on “Al-CRO-Traz”.
Three Keys to Victory vs. New England
1) Keep Brady on the sidelines.
- The Jets need to control the clock. Running the ball and moving the sticks will take care of that. However, the play-calling will play a huge factor. If Sparano continues his lack of creative when using Tim Tebow, he’ll end up on the hot seat.
- Note to Sparano: If you’re not running a creative play with Tebow in the game, then don’t put him in! It’s that simple. So, how about a flea-flicker using Mark AND Tim? You can have Tebow throw a screen pass wide to Make (behind the line of scrimmage) and Mark can throw it deep. Now that’s being creative.
2) Stop the Patriots on 3rd down.
- The Patriots live off of keeping drives alive. They’ll often run a WR screen on 3rd & long, and even convert it from time to time.
- Note to Rex: Stop the Patriots smaller receivers by preventing the yards after catch!
3) Special teams play needs to be crisp.
- Mike Westhoff has had a terrible year so far. This is fairly unusual for a Westhoff coached special teams, but something needs to get fixed. Whether it’s attention to detail (muffed punts/blocked kicks), Westhoff is ultimately responsible. He’s an excellent coach having an off year… but we still have six games left. There’s still time to get this thing fixed.
- Note to Westhoff: You focus on one unit, and one unit only—special teams. Get these guys prepared. Discipline on special teams is a must this week if the Jets are going to get a win. We know Bellichick will have his guys ready… will you?
That’s going to be all for this Turkey-Film-Giving special in The Green Room.
Thanks for reading!
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