The Jets begin a tough stretch of two games tomorrow, when they take on the San Francisco 49ers tomorrow at MetLife Stadium. As coach Ryan said earlier this week, the Jets are going to have to be close to perfect in order to win the football game. The Jets coordinators talked about the upcoming opponent this week when they met with the media. First, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano talked about his concerns with the 49ers defense:
They create turnovers, first and foremost. They take the ball away and they don’t give it away very often. I know they gave it away last week, and that resulted in a loss. I think they were, obviously one of the best, if not the best team in the league last year in turnover ratio. They intercept it at a high rate and they cause fumbles. They got to the quarterback 42 times last year and that one kid there, Aldon Smith obviously, had 14 sacks as a rookie coming in. They can create pressure and they have some guys that fly around pretty good and they create turnovers. They also force you into long-yardage situations. They can keep you in long-yardage situations, and when they get you in those, that’s one of the things you want to try to avoid.
Getting the running game going has been tough for the Jets so far. Sparano talked about how to make it better:
It’s everybody, it’s a collective effort. It’s all of them. It’s backs, tight ends, running backs, receivers blocking, and me calling plays. We all have to do a better job that way. The group we played last week, we knew that was going to be a hard game to run the football. (They are) a hard team to run the football against. We felt like we left some things out on the field there. We can come in here every week and say that, but eventually we have to get it right. We’ll get it right. We’re getting closer and closer. As I said to you in training camp, it can be one player on one play (that does not get it right) on offense, and you can’t cover it up. It’s really hard to cover it up, where on defense you can cover it up with other people running to the football. Here with the running game, you have to have 11 working like one. That is starting to happen more and more. That group last week played two of the best rushing teams in Week One and Two. I’m not proud of what we came out of there with average wise, but we averaged more (per carry) than either one of those teams did against that team.