With the Patriots up-tempo offense, it’s very difficult to get a sack on Tom Brady. He gets the ball out of his hands very quickly, allowing the defense limited time to rush.
The Jets were able to get a sack on Brady, so let’s take a look at what they did to get the job done.
With Demario Davis and Calvin Pace lined up a outside linebackers, Brady makes a line-check, so that his offensive line knows to pick them up on the blitz. You can see in the picture below, that Brady is communicating with his right tackle. They both are assuming that Davis is blitzing off the right (our left) side.
However, that’s not the case. Davis and Pace are both going to drop into coverage. This is just one of the many examples of a Rex Ryan disguised pre-snap defense… brilliant, if you ask me. If you look at the picture below, you will see the assignments for each player.
Once the offensive tackles figure out that the outside linebackers aren’t blitzing, they create a double team on their side of the pocket.
This leaves the running back Ridley with the responsibility of picking up David Harris on a blitz. That’s a tough task for a running back.
Wisely, Ridley attacks Harris low, knowing that he’d get blown up if he tries to block Harris with his pads high.
Somehow, Coples is able to beat the double-team to the inside. There’s not much help from the inside… if you remember, Brady audibled so that his line would focus on the outside (where Davis and Pace we’re thought to be blitzing from).
You can really see how big the hole is in the inside of the pocket. This gives Coples a big lane to run downhill at Brady. Ridley is no longer a factor because he fell to the ground trying to stop Harris.
Tom Brady is looking to his left (red arrow), where Pace will be shifting near. Also, Coples is able to get a hand in the air and attempt to bat the ball down on a quick pass. This is what you like to see from the first round pick.
Right now, Harris is able to get up and trap Brady as he tries to escape from Coples. Brady has absolutely nowhere to go. He’ll be pressured to either force a throw into coverage, or take the sack.
Brady takes the sack.
Coples and Harris are able to get Brady to the ground, as his offensive linemen are forced to watch.
This is what you like to see as a Jets fan… your first round pick getting pressure, and your middle linebacker cleaning it up.
There is not much more you can ask for, when the Jets are visiting Gillette Stadium, other than to disrupt the rhythm of Tom Brady.
The defense did that fairly well, and kept the Jets in the game.
Keep in mind, the Jets are without Darrelle Revis, so the fact that the defense caused this many problems for Tom Brady and company is encouraging.
If the defense can cause this many problems at Gillette Stadium, just wait for the home game on Thanksgiving.
I might be really optimistic here, but you have to consider the 12th man factor. If the defense can frustrate Tom Brady like they did in the picture below, then good things are coming… good things.
That’s going to be all for this week’s defensive film session.
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