Note to the Jets: Watch Your Back Defending Reggie Bush

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Sep 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) reacts after a carry as Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch (33) watches at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets had better not look past Sunday, because as we have seen before, it’s going to be tough. Speed rushers have given the Jets fits in the past. Darren McFadden last year, and CJ Spiller this year. This week, the Jets face just that type of running back when they face the Dolphins on Sunday, when they go up against Reggie Bush. He had a huge game last week, and is primed to have another one if the Jets aren’t ready for him.

Earlier this week, our guy JETSerious took a look at Reggie Bush in his Star Spotlight.  Take a look at it if you haven’t, he takes a great look at the past and present Reggie Bush. He specifically takes a look at the fact, in order to stop Bush, the Jets need to set the edge on defense. JETSerious hits it right on the money here. Today, let’s take that a bit further, by looking at some screen shots, courtesy of the All-22 Coaches video.

What you are going to see is how the Jets not only need to set the edge, they need to set the backside edge. What does that mean?

Well, the Dolphins like to run a lot of mis-direction plays on the ground. That means that the line blocks down in one direction, drawing the defense in that direction. The back, instead of following that flow, goes the opposite direction, running off the back side of the defense, where there are less players due to the mis-direction.

For example, here is the first play from scrimmage last week for the Dolphins.

See how the offensive line is blocking, for the most part, their right, the left hand side of the screen? That draws the defense by instinct towards the blockers, because instincts say that the runner is going to go towards the flow of the blocking. But, take a look at the path Bush takes.

Instead of following the flow of the blockers, he cuts into a lane going the opposite way, towards the right side of the screen. Notice how due to the blocking, there are less defenders to that side. The result? 11 yards and a first down for Bush.

On the next page, we are going to take a look at a touchdown run by Bush from the third quarter.

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