Breakdown of Wayne Hunter's Sacks Allowed

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December 4, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tackle Wayne Hunter (78) blocks against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Jets won 34-19. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

It’s been a right tackle Tuesday here at The Jet Press. Earlier today, I speculated on whether or not Wayne Hunter is injured (read it if you missed it by clicking here). Now we are going to take it a bit further.

We are going to take a look at the four sacks Wayne Hunter gave up Saturday night, including the one that was nullified by penalty, and see what really happened.

  • Third and 3, 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.  Mark Sanchez is lined up in the shot gun, with two receivers to either side.  He has one running back with him, but on his left side, which is significant.  This means that Wayne Hunter is lined up one on one with Jason Pierre-Paul.  At the snap, JPP gives Hunter a small shoulder fake to the inside and then gets his right shoulder right under the pads of Hunter, pushes him out of the way easily, and closes on Mark for the sack.  A couple of things here, one, Mark should probably have moved his running back to the other side in order to give Hunter some help.  Secondly, it was the small fake that got Hunter off balance, and then he was overpowered rather easily.  There wasn’t much resistance, which makes you wonder if his back is still bothering him as I proffered earlier today.
  • Second and 14, 10:50 remaining in the second quarter.  Mark Sanchez is again in the shotgun, with one back again to the left of Sanchez.  Three receivers start in a bunch formation on the right side, and Stephen Hill goes in motion from right to left.  Sanchez takes the snap, and Justin Tuck, runs right around the outside of Wayne Hunter’s right shoulder.  Mark appropriately steps up in the pocket, but still doesn’t get rid of the football, and is sacked by Osi Umenyiora.  On this one, although Wayne Hunter didn’t do much to help, he wasn’t at fault.  When Tuck went around him, Sanchez stepped up.  He has to get rid of the football, he had enough time to do so.  Coverage sacks come from the quarterback holding the ball too long, but this one is on Sanchez.  But it still didn’t look like Wayne had too much effort in him.
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