The NFL Network’s Playbook Show works hard. Real Hard. And in their disection of the New York Jets loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, they noticed something very interesting during the Jets’ failed goal-line attempt in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game; The Jets tipped off their plays.
As Playbook discussed, right tackle Wayne Hunter lined up in a two-point stance on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, all but screaming to Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley that it was a pass, not a run.
“On third-and-1, your right tackle’s in a two-point stance,” Playbook analyst Brian Baldinger said. “Right now, LaMarr Woodley knows you’re not running the ball. You’re not running the ball out of a two-point stance on the goal line. Right there, that’s a dead giveaway. LaMarr Woodley doesn’t charge he just plays the ball and bats it down.”
Woodley would almost intercept the Mark Sanchez pass, which was intended for Santonio Holmes.
Baldinger also pointed out that after the snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, a hole opened up, but only for a split-second. Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson (not Shonn Greene) got to the line of scrimmage too late and was stuffed. Baldinger noticed that LT was lined up seven yards behind the line of scrimmage on the play for some reason.