Inside the New York Jets Film Room: The Pass Rush Goes Old School for Rex Ryan


Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (right) greets Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin (left) before their game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It may have been the last game for Rex Ryan as head coach of the New York Jets, but it was one to remember. The Jets were able to sack Ryan Tannehill seven times, en route to a 37-24 victory, heading Rex Ryan off to the future with a performance reminding us of the early days of the Ryan era.

Let’s take a look at one of the sacks from last week’s game, as we go inside the film room, and look at how the Jets pass rush went old school, one more time, for Rex Ryan.

When Rex Ryan has the Jets going well, he is able to get to the quarterback by bringing one more pass rusher than the offense can block. The Jets defense looked like the Ryan defense of old, especially on this one.

Ryan Tannehill is under center, and he has moved the tight end in motion to the right side of the line. He is going to run a play fake to the running back running off the left side of the line, and then roll to the right. What he isn’t expecting is a great call by Rex Ryan.

Antonio Allen and Demario Davis are going to rush off of the left side, as indicated by the arrows. While the offense is blocking down to the left, simulating the run, it is only going to leave one guy to block Demario Davis and Antonio Allen.

Ryan Tannehill has just executed the fake to the running back, and thinks he is going to have an easy roll out for a short pass. He didn’t see these two guys coming. Here are Antonio Allen and Demario Davis making their way to the backfield, thanks to the overload rush called by Rex Ryan.

The Dolphins have just a running back to take on these two guys. One guy will get blocked, the other one is going to give Tannehill some trouble.

The blocker has decided to take on Antonio Allen. That leaves Demario Davis with a clear lane to Ryan Tannehill’s grill.

Demario Davis takes him down for one of the seven sacks recorded by the Jets last Sunday.

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Rex Ryan had one foot out the door as he took the field on Sunday with the Jets in Miami. But, for one last time, Ryan reminded us how the defense could play when things were going well. I have to admit, it was a nice memory and it turned out to be a nice way to say goodbye to the coach.