Next, we’ll take a look at the touchdown pass from Rivers to TE Antonio Gates.
This is a clear-out concept, where the outside receivers (blue) are going to serve as decoys. They’ll take the corners and deep safety with them, leaving Eric Smith in single coverage with Gates.
To make it easier to understand, Eric Smith is labeled 33 in yellow. Antonio Gates will also be labeled 85 in red.
Eric Smith tries to run with Gates one-on-one, which is a mismatch. As Jets fans, we’re used to seeing Smith get burned by the tight end, so this touchdown shouldn’t come as surprise.
Below, you can really see how the two receivers in blue are able to bring the defensive backs away from the designated target.
The target is marked with an X, where there’s plenty of room for ball placement.
In the next still-shot, it’s more evident.
Besides Eric Smith, there is not one Jet defender that is within ten yards of the Chargers tight end.
Not to mention, Eric Smith isn’t the fastest defensive back on the Jets roster.
Just look at the space between the two.
And this is supposed to be man-to-man coverage?
Gates has about a 3 yard lead on Smith, leaving “Smitty” no chance to prevent a touchdown.
Rex Ryan or Mike Pettine, whoever is truly running this defense, better pick a better option to defend an athletic tight end. Either that, or they need to figure out a different way to give Smith help.
Before the play even started, it was a touchdown. By that, I mean that this was a mismatch from the beginning.
If someone were to tell me that Eric Smith would be on an island with Antonio Gates, I would’ve said, “Uh Oh… touchdown”.
I’m pretty sure that you’d be thinking the same thing.
Anyway, we’ll have to wait and see how the team is rebuilt after the season. Until then, we still have a game to play.
That’s going to be all from The Jet Press, Inside the Jets vs. Chargers Film Room: Defense.
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