Yes there was a big signing in Jets land yesterday, Braylon Edwards. But, there was still a game last week, and it’s time to look at the film. The Jets beat the Jaguars by a score of 17-10, and now we look back, starting with the offensive film. Specifically, we are going to look the resurgence of the running game.
During the game, they talked about the running game being like “chopping down a tree”. You have to keep swinging that axe, even though you might not have success right away. If you put the axe away after only a few swings, that tree is not going to come down. But if you keep swinging, eventually the axe comes all the way through, and the tree comes down. It is a great analogy, because the running game can work exactly the same way, and it did. Early in the game, the Jets didn’t see great success on the ground, but they stuck with it. In the second half, the tree came down, and the Jets started breaking off chunks of yardage. This morning, we are going to look at two runs from the third quarter, one by Bilal Powell, and one by Shonn Greene. First, the Bilal Powell run:(scroll down a bit to take a look at the formation)
Powell is lined up straight behind Mark Sanchez. The blocking scheme is interesting. The guards are in the green circles, Slauson in the light green, Brandon Moore in the dark green. These guys are actually going to cris-cross, Slauson coming over to block to the right, and Moore coming over to the left to aid Nick Mangold in sealing off the left side:
Moore and Slauson are still highlighted in the green circles, same as the previous frame. See how they have switched places? Now take a look at the hole they open up:
They open up a huge hole for Powell, and with his speed, Powell takes advantage by hitting it fast. The result?
12 yards later, it’s first and goal New York Jets. The Jets worked and worked, and broke through with a big run. Turn the page and we will take a look at a run from later in the quarter by Shonn Greene, that had a couple of surprises.