All-22 Film Study: New York Jets Defense

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For the most part, the pass defense did OK after Revis left the ball game, but it has to be more consistent. Here’s an example of a play where Ellis Lankster got faked out of his shoes.

Davonne Bess is in the box, Lankster is in the circle. Bess is going to come out from the slot position, following the arrow, and Lankster will be one on one against him.

Bess is stopping his route, as if he is going to look for a short pass. Lanskter, in turn, makes his move to close on the route that he thinks is coming. However, Bess makes a double move by planting, and making a move to the outside around Lankster.

Lankster waves at Bess as he makes his move around(in the circle).

Lankster falls, and Bess is wide open for a down the field completion. This is on Lankster for his basic route recognition. He is inexperienced, so he has to watch a lot of film to look at these double moves. WR’s are going to look to run these on him all day, and with his playing time obviously increasing, he will have to step it up.

RUN DEFENSE

It’s not even worth spending time on, so a brief mention will go to the t word, tackling. The Jets clearly have forgotten how to do it. Guys like Reggie Bush and Lamar Miller like to make people miss. Unless you wrap up these guys, they are going to break off big chunks of yardage, which guys continue to do against the Jets.

Remember during the week, we talked about Reggie Bush running a lot of mis-direction plays? Well, the Jets got beaten, and it wasn’t by mis-direction plays. The Jets got simply blown off the ball, and this is by the Dolphins. It’s a little scary. To illustrate, here is a second down play from the 12 yard line.

Here is the play. Nothing fancy, just straight ahead smash-mouth football. For this play, the Dolphins are set up in an offset I formation, Reggie Bush is straight back behind Tannenhill, in the circle. No mis-direction, Bush is going to take the handoff and run off the left guard, as shown by the arrow.

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