Inside the Jets vs. Patriots Film Room: Offense

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Oct 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano on the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 35-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Wednesday is film day at the J-E-T Press, so as always, we go look at the film, and break down plays on both sides of the football. The offense in the morning, and the defense with JETSerious this afternoon. But first, we look at the very unfortunate offensive game film. And “offensive”, it really was.

This week, we could call this one “The Ballad of Tony and Vince”, which is why we have Tony Sparano in the picture to the right. Specifically, we take a look at Sparano’s play calling, and his insistence at running directly at Vince Wilfork. It starts with a fumble that we all want to forget, that Vince played a major part it, and then, despite Wilfork’s play, Tony’s need to go right back to running at Wilfork. Why? I don’t think we will ever know.

First we are going to take a look at the “Butt Fumble”, and Vince Wilfork’s role in said fumble. Scroll down a bit for the formation and setup.

Mark Sanchez is under center, with 2 backs, Hilliard and Shonn Greene straight back behind him. Greene is signified by the green circle. Vince Wilfork is in the red circle. Whatever the reason, the play breaks down. Mark is going to drop back to give Greene a handoff, shown with the light green circle. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the play call, as Shonn Greene is following his green line out into the flat, as if he is a secondary option for a pass play. Wilfork is going to push forward against Brandon Moore and Nick Mangold. Let’s move the play forward.

If you look close, you can actually see Mark Sanchez, in the dark green circle, turning to hand the ball off to Greene who has already moved towards the flat. No matter who is wrong, obviously this is a broken play, as we all saw. Keep an eye on Wilfork in the red circle. This is where Mark makes his really bad decision. Instead of falling on the football and waiting for the next down, Mark decides to try and make something out of the play and runs towards Brandon Moore’s side of the line. Here is where Wilfork makes his mark. Watch what he does:

Vince Wilfork basically takes Brandon Moore up and shoves him out of the way. It looked to me like he would have gone three or four yards had Mark Sanchez’s head not been in the way. But, it was. Vince Wilfork, the house that he is, trashed Moore like a bag of garbage, and blew it up all by himself. I don’t go ahead any further because it made me sick to watch again, and we know what happened.

You would think that Sparano might figure out that Vince is on his game, and maybe run away from him. Not our Tony. Turn the page.

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