Inside the Jets vs Seahawks Film Room: Defense


JETSerious will bring you inside the defensive film room and dissect plays from the beginning to end…. each and every week.  We’ll look at what the Jets defense did right and wrong for each play.

The Jets faced the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday, and had a good defensive outing. The offense, however, self-destructed and left the D out to dry.

So, what went right? What went wrong? JETSerious will analyze the tape, and show you what’s happening.


This first play occurs in the 1st quarter. The Jets are lined up with 3 down lineman and 1 high safety. LaRon Landry is lined up in the box, and will run with the TE in motion (85).

You’ll notice that Landry is still lined up across the man, once he stalls in motion.

At the point of the snap, Russell Wilson notices a cover 3 look from the Jets.

Once Wilson drops back in the picture below, set your focus on the high safety. Yeremiah Bell’s hips are open, favoring Kyle Wilson and his side of the field.

Next, you’ll see that Yeremiah Bell become flat footed. Russell Wilson will read his progressions and have a clean pocket to work with.

The Jets are not able to generate any sort of pass rush. Plus, Yeremiah Bell opens his hips to the middle of the field.

With a very clean pocket, Russell Wilson notices that Kyle Wilson is by himself. Yeremiah Bell has to turn his hips (again) to help Wilson. It’s too late.

If you look at the yellow circle, you’ll notice that Russell Wilson’s throwing motion is abnormally low. He dropped the ball before he starts his release.

Why does this matter?

If the Jets were able to generate any pressure, they could’ve knocked the ball out. The fact that Calvin Pace couldn’t beat his guy 1-on-1 around the outside, just shows that Pace hasn’t been effective. For what he’s paid…. it sucks.

The next shot is a great catch by Golden Tate. He dominated Wilson early and often. Wilson should’ve had help over the top from Bell, but we just saw how that went. Since Revis’ injury, the Jets have been forced to play more zone. That’s not what Bell was brought here to do. He can play some zone, but to rely on him as a deep safety is a mistake. It doesn’t exactly fit his skill-set.

Golden Tate killed us all day.

Whether it was a TD catch, a reverse, or a pass… he took the game over. With the Jets shut out on offense (the 1 TD came from the defense), the Jets simply could not contain Tate and his versatility. He looked like Randle-el of the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

It’s frustrating to see, because I remember thinking that Tate would be a good fit for the Jets coming out of college… just like Percy Harvin. The Jets got neither, and would LOVE to have that type of talent to help out on offense.

Either way, Tate got the best of Wilson.

Let’s look at the view from above…

First, let’s get this out of the way… Cromatie has his side locked down. So we checked off “AlCROtraz”.

Second, look at the black circle. This is Russell Wilson as he’s releasing the pass. Look at his pocket… clean as a whistle.

Third, focus on the black box. This is 10-15 yard window that Wilson could throw on a comeback or hook route. We all know that Wilson wouldn’t be able to jump any of those routes.

Lastly, look at the red circle: Yeremiah Bell. I mentioned this before, that he is way too far and way too late to make a play. So what happens?

Russell Wilson chucks one up. It’s actually a great throw, and Tate makes the long TD look easy.

I know, I know. It’s frustrating.

But with the bad out of the way, let’s look at a positive defensive play.

Please turn the page and join us as we break down Muhammad Wilkerson’s fumble recovery TD from this past Sunday’s matchup…

This next play is responsible for the only points the Jets recorded on Sunday.

The Jets are lined up with 4 down linemen and the Seahawks are in a shotgun formation.

The Jets are going to run a DL stunt, with Calvin Pace exploding off the right edge.

As the play progresses, Pace gets to the outside. This forces Wilson to step up in the pocket (blue arrow below).

But once Wilson realizes that Wilkerson (top red arrow in picture below) is trying to close in, he reverses his footing. This should be an easy sack for Calvin Pace. But he chokes.

Fortunately, Mike DeVito is able to clean up what Pace couldn’t. He hits Russell and gets the strip sack.

I love what I’m seeing from Wilkerson, which is a relentless attack on his part. He’s able to find the ball and time the bounce to make a recovery.

Wilkerson executes the “scoop and score” brilliantly. He even shows off his athleticism when he dunked the ball over the goal post.

All joking aside, JETSeriously, this is a great play by Wilkerson. He had the opportunity to score and he didn’t let the opportunity pass him by.  The Jets are going to need more of these kind of turnovers, because the offense looks despicable.

The good news, though, is that the Jets are without Darrelle Revis.

The fact that the defense can still score is definitely an encouraging sign for the future of this defense.

That’s going to be all for this week’s defensive film session.

Thanks for reading!

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