Inside the Jets vs. Chargers Film Room: Defense

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JETSerious will bring you inside the defensive film room and dissect plays from the beginning to end…. each and every week.  We’ll look at what the Jets defense did right and wrong for each play.

The Jets hosted the Chargers this past Sunday, and walked out with another loss. The defense did what it could,  but in the end, the Chargers were able to dominate the Jets offense. The Chargers made plays and the Jets didn’t. Quite frankly, that’s what decided the game. It should be no surprise when you’re talking about a New York Jets football team that has Greg McElroy leading the way. No disrespect toward McElroy, but we can’t expect him to be RG3 out there.

Regardless of the loss, let’s take a look at how the Chargers did a number on the Jets D did on Sunday. It was really just a couple of plays but we’ll analyze what happened.


First, we’ll focus on the long touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Denario Alexander.

To keep it simple, Alexander’s route will be in red and the other Charger routes will be in blue.

Antonio Cromartie (yellow) is responsible for Alexander. He’ll remain in position to make a play, up until the ball is in the air.

The receiver running the drag route across the field is going to be open. Safety Yeremiah Bell (white) will quickly realize and run across the field. Either way, Rivers decides to go for the home-run and go deep.

When Cromartie’s yellow line starts to get squiggly is where he gets turned around.

As a CB, if you get your hips turned around while in man-to-man coverage, it’s virtually impossible to recover.

That’s why it looks like Cro gives up at the end of the play.

Even though Cromartie showed flashes of a shutdown cornerback throughout the season, he gets beat here.

Rivers puts the ball in a spot where only Alexander can get to. I suppose that if Cromartie doesn’t get turned around, he could get there… but that’s not the case. Cro thinks that Alexander is going to cut short of the end zone… resulting in an easy touchdown for Denario Alexander.


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