Inside the Jets vs. Jaguars 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 traveled to Jacksonville this past Sunday, and put together a great defensive effort. Right from the start, it appeared as if the Jets had a “bend but don’t break” mentality. The Jaguars were able to move the ball early on, but it was the Jets defense who came away with a turnover down near the goal-line.

We’ll look at the Jags 32 yard TD run by Owens, and analyze what the defense needs to improve on. We’ll also dive into Bart Scott’s interception to see what the defense did well.


Chad Henne hands off to M. Owens, who takes it 32 yards for a touchdown.

The Jaguars plan to double team two Jets d-lineman. Eric Smith is in red all the way to the left. It’s important for him to maintain outside containment. Similar to the Tebow TD run last season in Denver, Eric Smith fails to contain the outside. Instead of forcing the defender back inside to other Jet defenders, he allows the runner to beat him outside. Unacceptable. Eric Smith needs to execute better when he’s responsible for the outside.

In the next still-shot, you’ll see the two double-teams by Jacksonville. They are circled in black.

If you’re Owens of Jacksonville, you’ve got to love what you see ahead of you.

The picture above shows where Smith goes wrong. It’s hard to see him (he’s getting blocked), but the bottom red arrow is him and he’s going inside. This allows Owens (yellow) to cut back and break for the sidelines.

“Smitty” is going to hear it from Dennis Thurman and co. in the real film room.

The pictures above and below both have red circles. We’re focusing on these four Jets because they’re all guilty of missing a tackle. Everyone got bunched up and no one could get a hold of Owens. The Jets need to improve with gang tackling because, if I’m not mistaken, this type of tangle-up happened before…. when C.J. Spiller broke a run between 2 Jet defenders in week 1 and went for a long touchdown. And against San Francisco, when Manningham took a reverse around the edge for a long gain.

The Jets defense has looked good without Darrelle Revis so far, but there’s certainly room for improvement in tackling.

Now that we’ve got the bad out of the way, and noted that the defense needs to improve in tackling, let’s take a look at the good.

Please turn the page and join us as we break down a defensive turnover from Sunday’s Jets vs. Jaguars matchup…

Chad Henne fakes the handoff and wants to throw a play-action pass. LB Garret McIntyre knocks Henne down in the process, enabling Bart Scott to make an interception.

McIntyre is going to rush off the right side (red).

Next, we’ll overlay each player’s route or responsibility.

  • The Jags top/outside receiver (black) is going to run a fade.
  • The tight end (black) will release off his block and run a corner route.
  • Landry (blue) is man-t0-man with the tight end in the middle.
  • The d-linemen will rush and try to collapse the pocket.
  • David Harris (red) is blitzing, while Bart Scott (yellow) will spy on the QB.
  • McIntyre (red) is going to blitz untouched at the bottom.
  • Yeremiah Bell (blue) is on the goal line as the high safety.


It’s starting to become a routine, but Cromartie locks down his man. Cro’s man is Henne’s 1st option, as he goes through his progressions.

If you look below, you’ll see that the black arrow (1) is Henne’s primary read.

Henne notices his 1st read is not open so he looks to his 2nd option (2. white arrow). By the time he goes through his progressions, McIntyre is ready to lay the hit.

McIntyre gets to Henne as he gets the ball off. What Henne fails to recognize is that Bart Scott’s spying him from the middle.

Bart does a great job finding the ball in the air, and attacking it as it falls.

You can see better from this angle that Bart is the only player waiting on the ball.

Bart attacks the ball at it’s highest point. He makes an excellent play here, and shuts up a few critics (at least for now).

I bet that Bart wanted to redeem himself after getting caught from behind by Matt Mulligan of the Rams a few games back. He gets a decent return that brings him out to about the 20 yard line. That’s not too bad for Bart, considering he picked the pass off at the 7 yard line.

That’s going to be all from The Jet Press, Inside the Jets vs. Jaguars Film Room: Defense.

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