How Do The Jets Attack That Seahawks Defense and Contain Their Offense?
- The Jets will need to be very physical this game. Especially on the offensive side of the ball as the Seahawks defense is very aggressive and knows how to get after the QB and defend targets downfield very well. Jets WR Stephen Hill will be matched up on Browner or Sherman and this could be a potential problem for the Jets as Hill hasn’t been as reliable as the Jets would like for him to be. Even when getting opened, Hill has shown the propensity to drop easy passes. The film on Browner and Sherman suggests that they are as PHYSICAL as CBs come. They LOVE to utilize press coverage more times than not and they are VERY effective at it. They even threw Tom Brady off his game, causing 2 ints because of how physical they were with Brady’s targets at the line. They don’t miss too many tackles and they are very good when the ball is in the air. Last week vs the Vikings, Browner baited Ponder into an interception when Ponder was looking for Percy Harvin deep down the field. Browner managed to stay with Harvin step by step and Ponder didn’t help at all with the under thrown pass but Browner capitalized on it and made a play his team needed. I can see Kerley having more success against Sherman than Browner. Kerley is more of a polished route runner than Stephen Hill and knows how to get around press coverage at the line. I would keep Kerley and Hill in motion at attempts to get the matchups that I wanted on the offensive side of the ball but that’s me and the Jets haven’t listened to anything I’ve suggested the entire season, it’s almost as it they aren’t reading my posts : )
- The Seahawks defense is an aggressive defense, sometimes TOO aggressive making it very susceptible to the short passes and screens. Watching film on them vs the Lions and Packers, I noticed that they aggressively over pursued at times allowing the offenses to capitalize on the aggressiveness by calling screens and short passes. Lions QB Matthew Stafford had 352 yards, 3 TDs 1 int as he was certainly able to capitalize on the aggressiveness of the Seahawks defense. This is something that Mark Sanchez will have to be cognizant of at the LINE as the Seahawks are good at disguising the blitzes. Sanchez will need to have quick passes and dump offs in the audible play book this week.
- Watching the film I noticed that the Seahawks love to get QB Russell Wilson in roll out packages and try to allow him throw on the run a lot. Wilson is deceptively fast and will run at the drop of a dime. He has great arm strength but WILL sometimes force passes into coverages, something he did vs the 49ers and Lions. Vs the Vikings, Wilson was very efficient. He found the open man more times than not but benefited greatly from a great performance by Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks O-line doesn’t appear to be MAULING opposing defensive lines, it’s more so that Lynch is great at finding and exploiting holes to run through. Lynch isn’t the type of RB that needs exceptional O-line play in order to be effective and he didn’t get that vs the Vikings as the Vikings D-line managed to get into the backfield quite a few times during the day to stop the Seahawks runners for losses.
- WR Sidney Rice is a great route runner and doesn’t drop many passes but the Jets can neutralize him with Cromartie, its Tate and Baldwin that will present the Jets with matchup problems as Kyle Wilson vs Golden Tate tilts heavily in the Seahawks favor. Tate is great at getting behind defenses. He is very disciplined and will stay with his route no matter what. Wilson will need to be aggressive with Tate at the line, something Wilson isn’t known for. This may be the downfall of the Jets this week as I see it being very difficult for Wilson to stay with Tate all game.
- Breno Giacomini, Seattle’s right tackle had a tough day vs the Vikings. He allowed a sack to Brian Robinson, who flew around him in the fourth quarter and met Jared Allen to take Wilson down. He also took a false start penalty in the third quarter. The Jets need to get Coples on Giacomini and give the rookie the green light to go after him ALL game.