The Jet Report: Jets vs Buffalo: Our Top Five Keys
1-Play Fast and Desperate: We’ve heard all the talk from the Jets about how there is no more breathing room. Let’s now see what that desperation means. The Eagles raced around at 100 mph in defeating the Giants last week during the beginning of THEIR “must win tour.” We want to see the Jets play at that pace. At that emotional level. For as close to 60 minutes as possible.
2-The Good Sanchez: The good Mark Sanchez is a confident, ball securing, clutch caretaker. The bad Sanchez? Well, we’ve seen enough of THAT guy in 2011. The one who at his worst, thwarts long drives and throws TD’s to the OTHER team. It’s that look in his eyes that we are in search of. That look of self trust. Where doubt seems miles away from inside the helmet of the Jets most important piece on the chess board.
3-Change the Pace Schotty: Look, the Jets have tried every personality on offense this year except for the Denver Bronco Option, but a more effective alteration may be the pacing. Mark Sanchez seems to enjoy having less time to think. The Jets should give it to him with faster huddles, and no huddles. Where plays are called at the line of scrimmage.
If Denver can comfort Tebow by allowing him to throw it less times than a Pop Warner QB, the Jets can make a point to give Sanchez what HE needs. That is, less time for veterans to stare at him in the huddle as he second guesses the past, stunting his flow for the future.
In addition, why not make the opposing defense tired at times? Force THEM to considering faster substitutions as well. The Patriots do this and seem to break off some big plays out of the confusion and fatigue. Take a page out of their book.
4-Battle of the..yes, that’s right, secondaries: It maybe hard to believe that the Jets and Bills who have combined to score less than 45 points over the past two weeks will be duking it out down the field. That’s why it is essential that when the offenses DO go deep, these secondary units avoid the big play, and big penalties.
The Jets have heard it from their fan base for months about not stretching the field. At some point on Sunday they will. When they do, it will be red alert time for a Buffalo unit that will play without starting safety George Wilson for the second straight week. The Bills defense has allowed 105 points over the past three games.
One glaring issue of late has been the coverage ability and the tackling of their safeties. S Jim Leonhard had a shot on the final drive in the open field at Denver before Tebow went marching. S Eric Smith was the last guy to swipe at him before he scored with 0:58 left. It was a microcosm of some of the plays the Jets have “just missed” back there. That has to change. An injured Brodney Pool (MCL sprain) has hurt the Jets over the past few games.
5-Back to Work Westhoff and Co: Last Thursday the Jets fumbled a return, allowed a big return, and shanked a punt. The Jets special teams unit HAS TO get back to work this Sunday. The Jets need short fields for the offense to work from. It needs long fields to force Ryan Fitzpatrick into many more decisions than the Bills would like.
When Mike Westhoff’s crew are a plus for Rex’s Jets, as they often times are, the burden is eased up on both sides of the ball. For a team without a true pass rusher, a 300 yard passer, or a 100 yard ball carrier, it’s essential that this unit provides more than just kicking off and tackling return men.
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