Inside the Jets vs. Patriots Film Room: Defense

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JETSerious will bring you inside the defensive film room and dissect plays from the beginning to end…. each and every week.  We’ll look at what the Jets defense did right and wrong for each play.

The Jets faced the Patriots on Sunday, at Gillette Stadium, and had a decent defensive outing against Tom Brady. How did they get after Brady? JETSerious will analyze the tape, and show you what’s good!


The first play we’re going to look at occurred in the 4th quarter. With less than 7 minutes left, Tom Brady was backed up in his own territory. This was after a Brandon Lloyd offensive pass interference penalty. With that being said, Antonio Cromartie was matched up with TE Rob Gronkowski. This is a favorable matchup for the Jets, in my opinion. Cromartie has the size and speed to compete with the massive tight end.

Gronkowski is going to run a corner route (red). Cromartie is going to lock into man coverage (white), and run with Gronkowski.

Tom Brady is going to get the snap in the picture below, and drop back to pass. As he plants his back foot, he begins to feel the pressure coming from his left.

Once Brady feels the pressure, he is forced to roll out to the right. At this point, Quinton Coples is able to ditch his bull-rush responsibility. This way, he can attack Brady downhill and force him to throw off of his back foot. This will affect a QB’s accuracy tremendously. Below, Brady is on the run with two Jets defenders chasing him down. Therefore, he has very little room to throw. Even better, he’s pressured and has to throw off-balance.

Antonio Cromartie is continuing his man-to-man coverage with Rob Gronkowski (black box).

With great coverage ability, Cromartie is able to run with Gronkowski AND find the ball simultaneously.

You can see here that Cro is running step for step with the Patriots tight end. This will ultimately give him great body position when the ball arrives.

Antonio tracks the ball well, without losing a step. Right now– he’s in excellent position. An interception would be HUGE.

Unfortunately, when the ball arrives (pictured right), Cromartie is unable to make the catch. This was devastating because although Cro gets the deflection, this would’ve gave the Jets great momentum late in the 4th quarter. It’s also disappointing that an offensive pass interference penalty wasn’t called. Rob Gronkowski was all over Cromartie.

Still, Cromartie could’ve held onto the ball.

The fact that Brady was pressured and had to throw off of his back foot gave the Jets a shot at a turnover. Cromartie just has to make sure he comes down with it next time, because the ball landed right in his bread basket.

These types of opportunities don’t come around too often, when facing Tom Brady… so the Jets have to do a better job of executing when the opportunity arrives.


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