So why was this drive important to look at? Because it is exactly how the Jets must perform in order to beat the Saints this weekend.
Even success on the ground is fine. As good as the Jets are at run defense, it will not spell a failure if the Saints gain yardage on the ground. Why? Because the Saints aren’t beating you on the ground. If they are going to win the game, they are going to do it through the air. Make them beat you on the ground.
Secondly, they collapsed the pocket on Drew Brees from the middle. It only took a four man rush, and they were able to get in Drew’s face. That affects every quarterback negatively, and Drew Brees is no different. The Bills took him down, and the Jets have the ability to take him down in this manner as well.
Finally, they covered his guys down the field. You can’t take Drew Brees away, so you make him feel uncomfortable. Besides getting in his face, you make him uncomfortable by taking away his weapons. I would like to see more press coverage than Pettine used here, but the idea is good. If Brees’ only option on a lot of plays is Sproles in the flat, it will be a strong indication that the Jets are on the road to success on the day.
The Jets can win this football game on Sunday, and Rex could do worse than taking the lead from his old assistant, Mike Pettine. Hopefully he will.