October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) tackles New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) after recovering a fumble during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Prevent Defense Prevents Wins


Late in the game yesterday in Foxboro, the Jets went ahead 26-23. With all of the mistakes that the Jets made, and missed opportunities that weren’t cashed in on, the Jets were winning the football game with less than 2 minutes to go. But yet, they didn’t win the football game.

The Jets defense played well for the balance of the football game. For all of the hype geared towards the Patriots offense regarding the hurry-up offense, the Jets gave them a lot of different looks all game. At times, Tom Brady actually looked confused, and unsure as to what he was saying. But, the Jets didn’t continue that strategy on the last drive. Instead, they went into that “Prevent” defense. The strategy to allow the offense to get yards in front of you, but you prevent them from making the big play.

The problem is, it takes away the aggressiveness from your defense. The defense plays reactionary, or reacting to what they say, by making tackles in front of them. What that does, is slowly let the team you are trying to stop, go right down the football field. They quietly pick up all of the yards that you are trying to prevent them from. You get away from your game plan, and let the offense dictate. Then, you prevent yourself from winning the football game. That is exactly what happened, ladies and gentlemen. For all of the mistakes the Jets made, they were ahead with 91 ticks remaining in the game. But they went into “prevent” mode, preventing them from winning the game.

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