Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine also talked about the game, discussing a 49ers threat that we have talked about all week, Vernon Davis:
I mean, he’s a test. He’s right up there with (Rob) Gronkowski, as far as the best tight ends in football. He just (has) the rare ability of a guy who can run 4.3, that can run by a corner. That’s difficult. It’s not just the safeties, to me. That task is put on everybody. We’re getting hands on the line of scrimmage, we’ll make sure we’re playing with good eyes, and understand where he is at all times.
He also talked about the Revis situation, in terms of how it affects the gameplan:
It won’t be anything major. I think the differences will be subtle. Again, there are certainly some calls that we’ll stay out of. Some of the calls we’ll make this week are more because of the nature of the opponent than necessarily our situation. The game plan changes each week. I’ve used this analogy before, we’re custom tailors. We’re making a suit each week and we have to build a plan based on two things, the opponent, what they do, and what do we have available from our perspective. That’s the challenge each week for us as coaches, is to build that plan to not only defend what they do, but to also have it favor our stronger players in matchups and protect our guys that might need protection.
First on Sparano, I like the concept that he takes, when talking about how to improve the running attack. More than any other sport, football is a team game. Executing a running attack takes all of the players on the field doing their jobs correctly. Everyone has to block better in order for the running game to succeed. Mark Sanchez will have to be more accurate as well, in order for the holes in the running game to start opening up. 50% completion percentage just isn’t going to cut it.
I still believe that the defensive gameplan is going to have some more obvious changes that Pettine is saying. Without Revis on the outside, it stands to reason that the Jets will run a lot more zone coverages, since the guys they have can cover, but nobody covers like Revis. It’s also harder to have all-out blitzes when the coverage on the outside is not as good. But, we will find out in just a little over 24 hours.