All-22 Film Study: New York Jets Defense

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Here is a third and three play from the second quarter. Tannehill is again in the shotgun. The Jets, for a change in this game, have an overload to the right side of the offensive line. I have highlighted Maybin(in the box), and Landry (in the circle), because they are the two guys that come free.

See the pre-snap move from Landry? He follows the arrow right to a spot behind Maybin, and it appears he taps Maybin, to indicate that that he will be rushing from behind him, which he does. Take a look at the line as well. There is a guy head up on the center, leaving three Jets to go up against two Dolphins on the right side of the offense. The Jets have the numbers, and the results are good:

Sure enough, there are not enough guys to block Maybin and Landry, who come free with a open shot on Tannenhill. Ryan is ready for it, however, as you see he is locked in on his receiver….

Tannehill is in the right call, as he gets the ball out to Reggie Bush to the outside and short, long before Maybin and/or Landry can get there. This happened a few times during the game. When the Jets finally got an overload to one side, Tannehill was ready for it and got the ball out.

Another major issue for the pass rush last week was LT Jake Long. He clearly, flying under the radar, is one of the top tackles out there.  Time after time during this game, Long took away any hope that the Jets had of a pass rush.  Aaron Maybin on several occasions came up against Long, one on one, with a full head of steam.  Notice that we didn’t see Tannehill taking any hits from the blind side.  Long took care of it all by himself.

And finally, the front seven of the Jets is not winning any matchups, plain and simple. Wilkerson, Coples, Maybin, and everybody else are not winning one on one matchups against linemen. If you are going to rush three and four guys, they have to get their by beating their man. Right now, they are making offensive lines look like they are made up completely of All-Pros. Not the way to become an elite defense.

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