Inside the Jet Press Film Room: Mike Wallace

Nov 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) hands the ball to a fan after scoring a touchdown pass against the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter of a game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Friday morning gang, so time to go “Inside the Film Room”. Each week, we take a look at the film on our opponent, see what they do well, and talk about how to stop it.

Today, we are going to take a look at one of Miami’s toughest weapons, and one that got hot last week. The Jets have had fits with this type of player all season long, as plays over the top have killed the Jets. We are going to take a look at deep threat Mike Wallace.

The play we are looking at is a 53 yard touchdown pass from early in the football game last week against the Panthers.

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Your Mike Wallace matchup is at the bottom of the screen. The Panthers are set up in a single high safety formation, and the safety cheats towards the top of the screen pre-snap. This shows Ryan Tannehill that he will have one on one coverage with his big threat, Mike Wallace.

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Take a look here. Wallace is able to catch the cornerback cheating to the inside, watching Ryan Tannehill. Now that he got him turned to the inside, Wallace goes right around him to the outside, and blows by him.

Tannehill underthrows Wallace just a bit, but he makes a nice adjustment on the ball and takes it in for the touchdown.

First of all, nobody lays a finger on this guy coming off the line of scrimmage. Wallace gets a free release to do whatever he likes. Whether it’s Cromartie or someone else on Sunday, that cannot happen. This man must feel the full weight of the Jets’ secondary each time he runs a pass route.

And for pete’s sake, don’t let this guy behind you. We have seen him in Pittsburgh as a formidable threat, and now he is heating up in South Beach. Keep this guy in front of you, please!

Otherwise, he could single-handedly send us ROCKETING to 5-7.

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