Whether any of us want to admit it or not, one of the toughest things to defend in the NFL is the New England Patriots’ passing attack. Tom Brady has so many weapons, and quick ones and that, that sometimes it almost seems unfair. Some of them may not be the scariest on their own, but when you put them together it’s a nearly unbeatable machine. Antonio Cromartie talked about what it is like to face the quick receivers of the Patriots:
It’s a challenge when you look at it on film, but I think what we do a good job of is trying to get our hands on the slot receivers and trying to match up well against them. I think the biggest thing is when we have bigger personnel on the field and they have (smaller) people on the field, that gives us the biggest problems. I think the biggest thing for us is to make sure we match up well and when they go into the hurry-up offense, to make sure we get a call in, line up well, make sure we don’t get a quick count, and when the offense puts in different guys, just communicate on the back end as quickly as possible.
The Jets will have a test in front of them. One that is easier without Rob Gronkowski, but not easy. Watch the secondary play on Thursday night, as it will be a major key to the game, obviously.