This next defensive play resulted with an interception by CB Ellis Lankster. He’s located at the left cornerback position, in off coverage. From beginning to end he’s in zone coverage. Lankster is responsible for covering the left corner of the endzone.
Andrew Luck and the Colts come out in a spread formation, which screams out pass instantly. Regardless, this occurs during the 4th quarter when the Colts are trailing big time… so it’s an obvious passing situation anyway.
Aaron Maybin is lined up on the right side of the screen, showing an inside blitz. It’s extremely important that he gets inside position because, similar to the previous play, the Jets are trying to force Andrew Luck to his left.
After Maybin pressures up the middle, Luck is forced to flush out to his left (our right). The d-line stunt on this play allows Muhammad Wilkerson (red arrow) to pressure Luck and flush him out of the pocket.
You can tell how effective this stunt is, mainly because Andrew Luck has to throw across his body. With the pressure coming from Wilkerson, focus on the blue line– which demonstrates poor direction by Luck.
As a QB, it’s important to have your body, hips, and feet lined up with the intended receiver. The black arrow shows the direction in which his throw is headed. When comparing the blue and black lines… you can clearly see that Luck’s body is not parallel with the direction of his pass. This will eventually affect his accuracy, and cause the pass to be off target.
The inside slot receiver is running a corner route. The window for the Luck to throw the ball is open as the snapshot is taken… but you can tell that Luck is just releasing the ball. By the time the ball gets there, the window closes. Ellis Lankster attacks the ball in the air beautifully.
At this point in the picture above, the ball is just arriving. Within the red circle, are two Jets defenders… one being Ellis Lankster. This is a great shot, demonstrating how quick a window can close in real time.
The result? A game clinching interception by Lankster… an excellent play.
If Ellis can continue to play at this level, he will not only help the Jets pass defense up in New England… he will be a great asset. He’ll take a lot of pressure off of our newest Jet CB Aaron Berry. Berry has plenty of talent, but needs time to adjust to our complex defense before getting onto the field. The less pressure that’s on Berry– the better. He’ll be able to ease into the lineup, as opposed to being forced on the field due to poor play by Lankster. But with Lankster playing like he did on Sunday, the absence of Darrelle Revis doesn’t sting (as much). With Cromartie playing the way he is, the Jets can allow Wilson, Lankster, and Berry to get help over the top… giving each a chance to make an impact play.
That’s going to be all for this week’s defensive film session.
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