Inside The Jets vs. Dolphins 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 Dolphins on Sunday, at Metlife Stadium, and had an OK defensive outing. The scoreboard, however, indicated otherwise.

So, what went right? What went wrong? JETSerious will analyze the tape, and show you what’s happening.


First, we’re going to take a look at the TD catch by Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano. He runs a corner-route, where there is a break-down in coverage responsibility. Let’s see what happened…

Below, you’re going to see the pre-snap view. The black arrows will represent the Dolphins outside WR’s on the left. They’re almost decoys, seeing how it helps Fascano get wide open. Fascano will be the red arrow, being Tannehill’s target.

Next, we’ll show you the Jets pre-snap look.

If you’re Ryan Tannehill, this pre-snap look seems to be man-to-man, with help over the top by LaRon Landry. The man-to-man responsibilities are arrowed in blue, with Landry’s zone boxed in yellow.

Though the Jets seem to be in man-coverage, Isiah Trufant (bubbled below in blue), is responsible for the underneath/left zone. Yeah, he’s supposed to get help over the top from Landry, but the gap between the two defenders creates a HUGE window. If you look at Fasano’s route in red, you can tell that he’s got a bunch of space within the corner of the endzone.

When you look at Fasano (in red below), you can see how much space he has between the two bubbles. Those two zone are too distant if you’re going to play zone-coverage in the redzone.

It’s unfortunate, because if you look at the circle in white, you can see that Quinton Coples almost gets the sack.

Then Fasano makes a great catch in bounds. He manages to keep both feet in, while us Jets fans are praying for a bobble of some sort.

Overall, it was a well executed play. You have to give them credit, but at the same time, the Jets shouldn’t have allowed Fasano to get as open as he did.

This play sort of resembles a play that Peyton Manning likes to call. You’ll often see Manning call this in the red-zone because the route combination eliminates the outside corner from the area. When the cornerback starts to run with his man to the inside, that enables the slot receiver to run the corner route…in which a perfect pass is almost impossible to defend.



Please turn the page and join us as we break down David Harris’ forced fumble from this past Sunday’s matchup…

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