We all know how important tomorrow’s game is to Rex Ryan. He might try to avoid saying it, but we know. He wants New England in the worst way. He did not ask his players to “abstain”, but you know he want the focus solely on beating New England.
Atlanta and Pittsburgh used a short passing attack to try to slow down the Jets’ pass rush, to varying degrees of success. Rex was asked whether or not he feels New England will use a similar type of attack:
Yeah, it seems like it. I think that’s one way to try to slow you down. The other thing, they’re going to try to wear you out a little bit, try to get the ball on the perimeter, get your big guys running. Like five out of (the Steelers) 10 plays were screens and went three-and-out on a couple of those, I think two in a row. But either way, that’s fine. I think with as much pressure as we give them, we look like we’re going to send or we do send, you get a lot of checks to screens as well and it’s something they just want to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hand without him being at risk of getting hit.
This is likely the way that the Patriots will attack tomorrow. The middle of that defense had better be ready for a lot of quick hits to the artist formerly known as Wes Welker, Julian Edelman. Quick hits and screens are effective ways to neutralize a quick pass rush.
Hopefully the Jets will be ready.