Now look at the game in January. Anyone wonder where the Patriots were ranked in pass defense in 2010? 15th in the AFC. Against the run they were 6th in the AFC. But did the Jets throw it all over the field that night in Foxboro? No they did not. Actually they were more leaned towards the run. They threw it 25 times, and ran it 29. But did we hear complaints? No. Why?
OK you ask, so what was the difference Alan? If the game plan wasn’t the problem, what was it? The answer is execution.
Sunday, the Jets were 3-11 on 3rd down, converting 27%. In January, the Jets were 6-13 on 3rd down, converting 46%. As much as Mr. Ryan of the Globe wants to dismiss this as a factor, it was.
This is not Schottenheimer’s fault. If the Jets had converted a few more of those 3rd down plays, Schotty’s game plan would have looked a lot better, wouldn’t it?
And the other problem is run defense.
Remember when Bart Scott said the Patriots can’t stop a nosebleed? Well it’s time to take a good look in the mirror. The 2010 Jets would never have allowed the drive at the end of Sunday’s game when the Pats ate up the entire clock, setting up the game winning field goal. The Jets have not been able to set the edges in 3 weeks, and teams are running in big chunks against them. Not Schottenheimer’s fault.
Brian Schottenheimer is a good offensive coach. Does he overthink sometimes? Yes. But his schemes are creative, and have led the Jets to some great wins when they are executed correctly. To all of Brian’s detractors, let’s remember that he can only call the plays, he can’t run them. It’s up to the players on the field, and they need to get better fast, or Schotty’s play calls will not make a difference.