It’s Wednesday, and it’s time to go into the film room. The defense will be featured this afternoon with the great JETSerious. This morning, as always, we take a look at the offensive film. Let me tell you something, the offensive tape was just that, offensive. This performance was about as bad as it could get, bringing shades of the 49ers shutout to mind. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to break down for you, until I read one of our posts from yesterday.
Our great writer, Sean L Durham, put up a post yesterday talking about how Mike Tannenbaum put together, or didn’t put together this football team. Please take a look at it by clicking here, as it is just great. In it, he talks about how the Jets have entrusted the starting wide receiver position to Stephen Hill.
In it, Sean talks about how Stephen will become a great wide receiver in time, but the Jets expectations for him in year one are just too much. Why? Because he is a rookie. There are a couple of examples in the game this past Sunday that prove his point, and that is what I am going to take a look at this morning. Stephen did have a nice catch or two, but he made his rookie mistakes. The first one is a play in the second quarter where Hill misreads the coverage:
Mark Sanchez is under center, with Stephen Hill set wide to the left, one on one with the cornerback. Hill, circled in green, is set to run a post pattern, or run straight, and then make a cut to the goal post. But, where his inexperience comes in is when he reads the defense. See the group of Dolphins circled by the defensive line? They are showing blitz, and with Hill one on one, he is going to be the “hot” receiver. He needs to recognize that Mark is not going to have time to allow him to make his cut, and instead run a “go” route, straight down the field. Let’s move forward.
Here is Sanchez, clearly under duress. Stephen Hill needs to break off his post pattern, and run straight ahead, following the green arrow. Instead, he continues his post pattern, following the black arrow. Mark unloads the football to where he is expecting Hill to be, straight down the field on a go route. The result?
Hill is in the lower circle, with his momentum going towards the post. The higher circle is the football, heading towards where Hill needed to be running. With more experience, and more reps, Stephen Hill will get to understand this and recognize it faster. But it becomes magnified because the Jets have pinned a lot of importance on a rookie wide receiver.
We will take a look at the drop from the second half on the next page.