It’s always warm when the Jets head down to South Beach to face the Miami Dolphins. The warm weather always provides another layer of obstacle for the Jets to battle through when these two teams match up.
Miami, like the Jets, has been preaching tempo this year on offense. Coach Philbin has Ryan Tannenhill getting the offense to the line fast, keeping the defense on edge. Coach Rex Ryan says the Jets are ready for both elements:
We definitely practiced it all week long. What we would do is, try to (simulate the tempo). It might not be exactly the same, but I think sometimes tempo is the most important thing. (We are) trying to simulate that to our defense and certainly, we did that on the scout team. We would put our plays in, we would code it a certain way (and) we’d get over the ball quick. This team’s averaging snapping the football, probably with more time than 15 seconds on the clock, 20 seconds maybe. It’s super quick, unlike really almost any team in the league (and) we understand that and we challenged our guys throughout the week, every team period we did it. I thought our scout team did a tremendous job (and) I thought our coaches did a tremendous job getting our scout team lined up ready to roll. That was it, we feel pretty good about it, but obviously, you’ll see once you get out there. But again, we feel pretty good about it with our preparation. As far as getting used to the elements, and all that, obviously, we can’t simulate it here. We’ve been stressing the hydration, getting our rest, all that stuff that’s important when you go in that kind of heat. That’s something we’ll be ready for. We’ve played down there before, we know what to expect. I think last time we played there, it was like 90 degrees outside in December or January, whenever it was. We know it’s going to be hot, but we think we’ve done a good job hydrating ourselves and getting rest.
It’s upcoming in just a few more hours, and it’s a big one. Let’s hope the Jets are ready to handle all of it, because we need this one. It’s huge.