By gameplanning, I am talking about putting the players in the best position to succeed. On defense, the first issue is tackling. They have to get back to fundamentals, and that means tackling. The Jets have spent the first quarter of the season trying to arm tackle. Instead of wrapping guys like CJ Spiller and Reggie Bush up, they were staying engaged in their blocks, and reaching out with an arm to catch these guys, and that just isn’t going to cut it.
They also have to get creative with the pass rush again. The Jets are not getting to the passer, and they need to. They have gotten away from the overload blitzes that have been so successful, and they have to use them once in a while. I say once in a while, because without Darrelle Revis, the coverage downfield won’t be as good, as we saw Kyle Wilson get beaten a lot. They are going to have to mix up coverages, and pass rush schemes to creatively confuse offenses.
On offense, it means setting the quarterback up to succeed. The run first mentality has not been very successful so far, so they may have to modify it on a game by game basis. Mark needs to be called upon to throw a bit early, the open up the running lanes later on in the game. Yes, his weapons aren’t great, but give them a chance, and even the threat of them being used early will open up the running game.
We all know what execution means, the Jets just have to play better. Tackle, complete passes, get off blocks, make blocks….etc. Get it done.
Like it or not, this is what we are going to move forward with, Jets fans. They are just going to have to find a way to make it work, otherwise, this will be a long fall season for all of us.