All-22 Review: Vernon Davis

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Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. Vikings win 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets have many concerns coming into the game this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The offense is going to have its hands full going against a defense that is built similary to theirs, but doing a better job. A rushing attack may be hard to come by for this team on Sunday.

The defense is not without its share of issues to work through, stopping the run and stopping the pass. The loss of Darrelle Revis just magnifies the fact that this defense is far from perfect. One big problem for the Jets for a long time has been stopping a pass-catching tight end, and the Jets will face one of the best when they go up against Vernon Davis.

For an excellent profile of Davis, take a look at our Star Spotlight written by our very own JETSerious.  He takes a look at Davis’ career, and looks at how he must figure very heavily into the Jets defensive gameplan on Sunday.   I am going to take a look at how they need to go about stopping Vernon.

After taking a look at the film on Davis from last week against the Minnesota Vikings, the biggest thing is that nobody hits this guy coming off the line of scrimmage.  He does his down the field because nobody bumps him off of his route.  Let me show you a couple of examples from last week’s game, courtesy of the All-22 game film.  The first is a third down play for the 49ers:

Here we have Alex Smith lined up in the shotgun. Davis is in the slot to the left, but let’s take a look at the coverage. See the defender in the box? He already is giving Davis a pretty good cushsion, don’t you think? Well, look at the next picture, you will see how far back the defender moves, following the arrow.

Look at the cushion Vernon Davis has. 10 yards! How do you expect to defend this guy with that large of a cushion. You can’t make it easier for Vernon Davis and Alex Smith if you tried. You need to be up on the line to get this guy off of his route, not standing back lettin him do what he wants. Here’s what happened:

Vernon Davis gets a free release off the line, finds a very soft spot in the Vikings’ defense, setting up for an easy pitch and catch with Alex Smith.

13 yards later, it is first down 49ers.

The rules allow you to bump the receiver within five yards. Use it, don’t let him run around by himself. Another example comes on the next page.

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