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    Cimini breaks down the Jets' 4th quarter defensive collapse

    [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/3043/breaking-down-the-collapse[/url]

    Breaking down The Collapse
    November, 22, 2010
    By Rich Cimini

    If the New York Jets had lost the game, blowing a 16-point lead, it would've been the second-biggest fourth-quarter collapse for a home game in team history. In 1960, the Jets -- known as the Titans -- blew a 17-point lead to the Boston Patriots.

    So it would've been a historic meltdown. After breaking down the tape, here's how the unthinkable almost happened:

    THE FUMBLE

    Things started getting out of control when Shonn Greene fumbled with 9:23 left in the game, the Jets seemingly in control with a 13-point lead. Greene blamed it on a miscommunication and a bad exchange. In reality, there were a few forces at work here. Yes, it was an awkward exchange between him and Mark Sanchez, but Greene did have possession of the ball. It wasn't like he was bobbling it as he went into the line. He also was undermined by bad blocking on a well-designed run blitz by the Texans.

    LG Matt Slauson, who admittedly had a rough day, let DE Mark Anderson beat him cleanly. Anderson knifed into the backfield and made the initial hit on Greene. LB Brian Cushing came free on a stunt and stripped the ball. C Nick Mangold, looking lost, didn't block anyone.

    THE DEFENSIVE COLLAPSE

    Defensively, the fourth quarter was one of the lowpoints of the Rex Ryan era. They surrendered two touchdowns in a span of seven minutes, looking utterly confused. Quite frankly, it was alarming, because on a few plays, there seemed to be players that had no idea what they were doing.

    On Joel Dreesen's 43-yard touchdown, right after the Greene fumble, the Jets rushed five players, including safeties Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith. In most situations -- i.e. man-to-man coverage -- Leonhard or Smith would be responsible for the tight end. Pass rusher Jason Taylor dropped into coverage in what appeared to be a zone blitz. He should've tried to jam Dreesen at the line, but Dreesen had a free release. Taylor let him go, staying in his short zone.

    At that point, CB Antonio Cromartie was covering Dreesen and WR Troy Walter, who were running side-by-side in a stacked look. Walter cut inside, and Cromartie followed him, leaving Dreesen wide open. After the game, Leonhard said it was Taylor's job to cover Dreesen. It may have been poor execution, but it also was an ill-conceived play. Why was Taylor, supposedly one of their best pass rushers, dropping into coverage?

    Matt Schaub's 35-yard pass to David Anderson. This was ugly on many levels. The Jets rushed four, overloading the Texans' left side. The entire defense was sucked in by a play fake to the left, and Schaub rolled right. Half the defense stopped, looking confused. It looked like they were playing three different defensive calls. Cromartie, loafing, should've chased Schaub. Instead, CB Darrelle Revis left his man -- Anderson -- and pursued Schaub. That was a no-no. It left Anderson wide open.

    Schaub's 20-yard pass to Andre Johnson. Once again, the Jets bit hard on a play fake and Schaub rolled right. (Gee, you think teams are going to go to school on that tendency?) Johnson, covered by Revis, was on the left of the formation. Revis played an inside technique, but Johnson broke to the outside and Revis couldn't recover in time. Yes, even the great ones make mistakes. In this case, Revis made two big ones in a row.

    Schaub's 4-yard pass to Arian Foster. This came right after the Johnson play, which came after the Anderson play -- arguably the worst three-play defensive sequence of the Ryan era. Once again, the Jets got sucked in on a play fake. OLB Bryan Thomas got caught cheating inside to play the run, allowing Foster to get open in the flat. Three plays later, Foster scored on a 1-yard run to give the Texans a 24-23 lead.

    Counting the Dreesen touchdown, the Jets surrendered 116 yards on eight plays, resulting in two touchdowns.

    This is not a Super Bowl defense.

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    this is not a major metro area quality sports reporter

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    [QUOTE=sg3;3829821]this is not a major metro area quality sports reporter[/QUOTE]

    Love your pom poms!

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    [QUOTE=sg3;3829821]this is not a major metro area quality sports reporter[/QUOTE]

    Not a fan of Cimini in general, but where is he wrong here?

    :dunno:

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    Eric Smith blows and has no business playing on a championship caliber defense.
    Get Lowery healthy ASAP, and put him at safety.

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    [QUOTE=32green;3829835]Not a fan of Cimini in general, but where is he wrong here?

    :dunno:[/QUOTE]

    He's a one sided journalist... That's wrong in and of itself, even if sg3's hatred is a bit tiresome, Cimini doesn't belong reporting on the team...

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    [QUOTE][B]Greene blamed it on a miscommunication and a bad exchange. [/B]In reality, there were a few forces at work here.[/QUOTE]

    Oh, bull****. Greene nearly cost us another game with his fumblitis. I hope he got an earful from Rex and Schottenheimer and hope it continues every day until he learns to hold onto the ball.

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    Clearly, the play Leonhard was subtly calling out Pettine was on the Dreesen TD. Both safeties are blitzing thus leaving JT to cover Dreesen.

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    Good job you piece of sh1t.

    Because focusing on the SANCHEZ comeback and analyzing that would hurt your vagina, huh Cimini.
    Good way to embrace the local fans.

    Just quit so you can go write for the goddamn Patriots market.
    They are the only ones who truly appreciate your work, if you want to even call it that you cumdrinking fag.

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    [QUOTE=32green;3829835]Not a fan of Cimini in general, but where is he wrong here?

    :dunno:[/QUOTE]

    I actually do like Cimini's stuff more than most Jet fans but the last sentence is over-the-top negative and premature IMO.

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    [QUOTE=Buzzsaw;3829839]Oh, bull****. Greene nearly cost us another game with his fumblitis. I hope he got an earful from Rex and Schottenheimer and hope it continues every day until he learns to hold onto the ball.[/QUOTE]

    weren't we supposed to see Joe McKnight.

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    [QUOTE=32green;3829835]Not a fan of Cimini in general, but where is he wrong here?

    :dunno:[/QUOTE]


    He is wrong in that we dont need to read that garbage. We know what happened, we watched the game.

    That article is something the Texans writers should write or the Jets haters bloggers.

    Imagine Sweeney Murti writing for the All Universe Yankees and all his articles are mostly about the negatives? Even when they win?

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    I think Cimini did a good job on this actually...I was shocked when Revis got stuck in no man's land on the play to Anderson. Joel Dreesson making us look silly was very discouraging (does that make him the best pick in our '05 draft? lol) One thing I have noticed though is the bubble screen that NE usually feasts on the Jets with was well defensed yesterday, and for most of the season, so they've improved in that respect.

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    [QUOTE=sg3;3829821]this is not a major metro area quality sports reporter[/QUOTE]

    He's right though, this defense better get its **** together. Its embarassing.

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    [QUOTE=jetswin;3829851]I think Cimini did a good job on this actually...I was shocked when Revis got stuck in no man's land on the play to Anderson. Joel Dreesson making us look silly was very discouraging (does that make him the best pick in our '05 draft? lol) One thing I have noticed though is the bubble screen that NE usually feasts on the Jets with was well defensed yesterday, and for most of the season, so they've improved in that respect.[/QUOTE]

    Revis passed off Anderson on that play...

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    [QUOTE=Buzzsaw;3829846]I actually do like Cimini's stuff more than most Jet fans but the last sentence is over-the-top negative and premature IMO.[/QUOTE]

    That's where he always loses me. Seems like he writes every article just as a build up to the final bodyslam on the team at the end. It's like he comes up with the last statement (Almost always something negative), then writes everything else based around that. And loves every second of it.

    The analysis itself wasn't bad, but yeah that last shot was over the top and uncalled for. And that's why he's hated by Jet fans.

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    [QUOTE=Buzzsaw;3829839]Oh, bull****. Greene nearly cost us another game with his fumblitis. I hope he got an earful from Rex and Schottenheimer and hope it continues every day until he learns to hold onto the ball.[/QUOTE]

    The fumble, while costly, cannot be blamed for a complete defensive meltdown.

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    cimeenie is a back seat driving bumbeling idiot.

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    [QUOTE=Revi$_I$l@nd;3829855]Revis passed off Anderson on that play...[/QUOTE]
    I don't know about that, it looked to me as f he thought Shaub was going to scramble, he did get very close to the LOS, and there wasn't anyone behind to pass off to anyway.

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    [QUOTE=jetswin;3829851]I think Cimini did a good job on this actually...I was shocked when Revis got stuck in no man's land on the play to Anderson. Joel Dreesson making us look silly was very discouraging (does that make him the best pick in our '05 draft? lol) One thing I have noticed though is the bubble screen that NE usually feasts on the Jets with was well defensed yesterday, and for most of the season, so they've improved in that respect.[/QUOTE]

    That play was horrible. Schuab was rolling out right just jogging, waiting for someone to get open, while Cromartie and I think someone else was just watching him and not even chasing him down. That until Revis leaves his man and Schuab just lofts it over his head.

    But yeah, what's wrong with this article? People just love hating Cimini.

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