It’s a back to work week for the New York Jets, so it’s back to game preparation here at the J-E-T Press. The Jets head to Seattle this week to take on Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks, so in the return to the “Know Thy Enemy” column, we talk to Keith Myers, editor of the fansided Seattle Seahawks website: 12thmanrising.com. Take a look at our conversation about the upcoming game:
THE JET PRESS:You can say a lot about Rex Ryan’s Jets, but one thing they do is play well against rookie QBs. What does Russell Wilson bring to the table that will give the Jets trouble?
12TH MAN RISING:If you haven’t seen Wilson play since the beginning of the season, than you’ll be surprised at how much better he’s playing right now. He really isn’t playing like a rookie. Ultimately though, what will frustrate the Jets is his ability to negate a pass rush with his feet. Even players coming through untouched seem to come up empty for often than not. Blitzing Wilson may have worked earlier in the season, but now that he’s adjusting better to the NFL, he’s starting to punish teams for blitzing him.
TJP:There is one Seahawks player that the Jets fans wanted to see back in our uniform, but hasn’t seemed to be used much in the downfield passing game, and that is Braylon Edwards. What’s going on with him out there?
12MR:Edwards isn’t the playmaker he used to be. Knee injuries has sapped him of some of his speed and agility. He’s now just a possession receiver and a tall red-zone target. The Seahawks are happy to have him (their WR depth is very poor), but he just isn’t that downfield threat that anymore.
TJP:How great is it to watch the resurgence of the career of Marshawn Lynch? He seemed to have been left for dead before coming out West…
12MR:It’s been great. Lynch is an absolute beast of a runner, and a perfect fit for Seattle’s style. But anyone who left Lynch for dead wasn’t paying paying attention. Lynch has never been short on talent, determination or production. He fell out of a favor in Buffalo because of his off-field transgressions, not because of his play.