New York Jets Madden Film Session: Part III


Before we get into Part III of our NYJ Madden Film Session, let me just remind everyone that this is a simulated sequence. The computer may have a player’s head turned the wrong way, a hand going through a leg, or something else that is outrageous…because it’s a video game! But the significance of this FILM is that it backgrounds the formations that are ran, and how they’re executed.

Also, if you missed New York Jets Madden Film Session: Part I you can see it by clicking here.

If you missed New York Jets Madden Film Session: Part II you can see it, by clicking here.


The New York Jets, Rex Ryan, and the 46 Defense:

There are many ways to beat the 46 Defense in the pass-happy NFL nowadays, but there are also ways to counteract those plays. Some experts would call a Rex Ryan Defense  “Smoke and Mirrors”, but I call it getting after Tom Brady.

If you let Brady sit back there and get comfortable, he’s going to pick you apart. So, let’s get creative and disguise coverages.

The Jets Defense will be lined up in a 46 Defense. The 46 will comprise of:

– 4 down Linemen

  • Calvin Pace (97)
  • Muhammad Wilkerson (96)
  • Sione Pouha (91)
  • Quinton Coples (98)

– 3 Linebackers

  • David Harris (52)
  • Bart Scott (57)
  • Bryan Thomas (58)

– 1 Strong Safety near the line of scrimmage

  • LaRon Landry (30)

– 1 Free Safety

  • Yeremiah Bell (37)

– 2 Cornerbacks

  • Darrelle Revis (24)
  • Antonio Cromartie (31)

Incase you’re wondering, the Patriots are lined up in a Shotgun formation with:

  • 1RB
  • 1TE
  • 3 WR

On this play, we would like to confuse Tom Brady, which would cause him to hesitate during his quick decision-making process. How are we going to do that you ask? Well, Tom Brady will get to the line of scrimmage and want to see who is matched up on his receivers. Right away he will notice that Bryan Thomas (58) is lined up with Deon Branch (84). This a HUGE mismatch, favoring the Patriots. Brady typically, would like to snap the ball quickly and throw a short pass to Branch. Branch would then make a quick cut to beat Thomas.

Not so fast. The picture below will describe why that’s not the case.

Take a look at the mismatch that Brady sees:

Brady envisions a touchdown, so he snaps the ball quickly.

What he doesn’t realize, is that LaRon Landry is about to take on Deon Branch.

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One might ask why Brady wouldn’t notice Landry is picking up Branch. Well, normally he wouldn’t be giving it away so easily. He would be in better position and looking in Brady’s direction. He would almost look like a QB spy. Regardless, his job is to pick up Branch while Thomas blitzes. He does just that.

Now let’s see how the play unfolds…

The most underrated job-well-done here is DE Quinton Coples. Yeah, you see him face first on the ground. But look at the man who is blocking him. He totally missed Bryan Thomas coming off the edge, creating a free rusher (nobody touched him). Brady has very limited time to get the ball off.

Yeremiah Bell, playing deep center, would usually help David Harris who is covering Rob Gronkowski mid-field, but instead is helping Darrelle Revis cover his man. That is NOT necessary. Revis can handle his man on his own. So, if you think Gronkowski is open at all, you’d have to consider him to be double covered here. But this is the closest we will get as the computer controls Bell.

With man-to-man across the board, there is not much time/options for Brady to pick and choose from. Thomas gets there quickly.

But does he get the sack?

Continue on page 3 to find out…

At this point, Brady realizes that the best possible play here would be to throw it away. Bryan Thomas, however, gets there before Brady can get rid of it.

I know what every Jets fan is thinking here…Let’s hurt Brady!!!


All joking aside, we get the sack here.

Actually, he looks like he’s in pain!

Right (throwing) shoulder anyone??

Be sure to continue reading our series… and stay tuned for our New York Jets Madden Film Session: Part IV… coming soon! Also, follow @JETSerious on Twitter… Thanks!