New York Jets beat Jacksonville Jaguars: Week 4 Coaching grades
By Michael Pallas
Todd Bowles didn’t smile a lot during the game between the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars, but after his game plan came to fruition, by way of a 23-20 victory in overtime, he can.
The New York Jets coaching staff deserves high praise from everyone after the way the New York Jets came out against one of the league’s top scoring offenses. The Jets had a perfect game plan on offense and defense to hold the Jaguars at bay for most of this game.
The Jets attacked the two main weaknesses of the Jaguars in this game, the quarterback and the run defense. The trick against quarterback Blake Bortles is to hit him and put pressure on him, and the Jets coaching staff made the correct changes to do so.
Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers made some changes to the Jets defense that was clear early. In order to attack the Jacksonville offensive line, which had given up only two sacks all season long, the Jets switched from an odd front to an even front using four down linemen. In doing so, they were able to move Darron Lee to his more natural position, 4-3 outside linebacker.
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This helped facilitate a beleaguered pass rush, which had three sacks and six quarterback hits in the game. While the Jets got hurt in terms of yards allowed in the run defense, they didn’t allow a rushing touchdown, and it was the first time Jacksonville runners were held out of the end zone.
In terms of the offense, John Morton took advantage of the league fifth-worst run defense coming into the game on Sunday. The Jets ran the ball 31 times with Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell, and it was to the tune of 256 yards. He even got both of them involved in the passing game with six catches for 65 yards.
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The coaches deserve huge kudos for their game plan to attack Jacksonville. It was a perfect game plan for this game.