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    Interesting read from NFL.com about JETS D


    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...y-ways-in-2013



    Rex Ryan's New York Jets returning to blitz-happy ways in 2013 By Bucky
    Brooks Analyst, NFL.com and NFL Network
    Published: June 20, 2013 at 04:03 p.m. Updated: June 21, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. 0 Likes | 0 Comments Email Like Print Read Discuss

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    If you live by the blitz, then you die by the blitz.

    Those words are uttered frequently in defensive meeting rooms across the NFL. They also capture the disposition of Rex Ryan heading into a make-or-break year with the New York Jets.

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    The bodacious defensive guru has promised to restore the aggressive mentality that carried Gang Green to consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances in the 2009 and '10 campaigns. During those seasons, Ryan acted as the defensive play caller for units that finished first and third, respectively, in total defense. He utilized blitz-heavy tactics with his initial teams to create chaos for quarterbacks in the pocket, while limiting available seams and creases for runners in the ground game.

    Looking at the numbers from Ryan's stint as the defensive play caller, it's apparent that he lives and dies with blitz pressure. He called blitzes on 50 percent of the Jets' defensive snaps during that two-year span, including an astonishing 52.4 percent blitz rate in 2009. Those percentages blow away the Jets' blitz frequency over the past two seasons, under the direction of former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine: New York blitzed 32.8 and 34 percent of its defensive snaps in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Interestingly enough, the unit's effectiveness gradually declined over the past two years, finishing fifth and eighth in total defense.

    Given Ryan's desire to put the bite back in the Jets' defense, I decided to pop in some tape to see how the unit might evolve with him back at the controls. Here are three things I expect to see from Ryan's defense:

    1) Rex Ryan's innovative blitz schemes will create chaos in the pocket.

    It's hard to find a more creative defensive play designer in the NFL than Ryan. He pushes the envelope with innovative tactics designed to confuse quarterbacks in the pocket, while exploiting vulnerabilities of the protection scheme. This is the mission of every defensive coordinator in the business, of course, but few orchestrate the madness like Ryan.


    Breaking down the tapes from Ryan's initial years with Jets, I was blown away by the myriad of overload, gap and simulated pressures he utilized throughout a game. Additionally, I was impressed with the pre-snap disguising from a variety of personnel packages, keeping quarterbacks from anticipating the direction of the pressure or the designated rushers poised to blitz on a given play.

    Looking ahead to how Ryan will rejuvenate the Jets' rush in 2013, I believe we will see a return to the exotic pressures that gave opponents problems in 2009 and '10. This should lead to more cross-gut pressures from the base defense, allowing the Jets to attack the A and B gaps to neutralize the run, while creating pressure up the middle to disrupt the quarterback's rhythm and timing.

    In the screengrab below, taken from a 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13, the Jets are executing a cross gut blitz with Bart Scott and David Harris attacking the interior gaps from a deep alignment. The Cardinals are worried about the pressure coming off the edge from Bryan Thomas (highlighted in red), forcing them to slide the protection to his side:





    When Thomas bails out after the snap, the Cardinals leave a gaping hole in the middle, allowing Harris to sprint through for an easy sack:





    Click here to see full video of the play.

    Ryan complements his inside pressure package with a clever overload scheme. He frequently aligns his rushers in the A gaps -- to force quarterbacks to change the direction of the protection -- before sending crashers off the edge. This frequently leads to free hitters coming off the edges for big shots on the quarterback.

    In the screengrab below, from the Week 10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Jets position six men on the line of scrimmage, with a defender in each of the A-gaps prior to the snap. The Seahawks must respect the possibility of the double A-gap blitz and change their protection call to keep Russell Wilson from facing heavy pressure up the middle:





    With all of the attention directed to the middle of the line, the Seahawks fail to account for the nickel corner rushing off the edge. As a result, Ellis Lankster gets a free run to the quarterback for a sack:





    Click here to see full video of the play.

    Ryan will also use the threat of the blitz (simulated pressure) to confuse quarterbacks in the pocket. Below is an example from the Jets' Week 8 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Jets are showing the threat of a six-man pressure against the Dolphins' empty formation:





    However, they only bring four rushers on a Mike B pressure, with two bluffing linebackers dropping back into short areas to take away the hot routes designed to beat the blitz. With Ryan Tannehill unable to find an open receiver, Calvin Pace nets a sack for a 9-yard loss:





    Click here to see full video of the play.

    2) A young, athletic defensive line will rise in an aggressive scheme.

    The lack of a consistent pass rush has played a major role in the Jets' defensive decline in recent years. The team finished 25th in sacks last season with 30, and routinely failed to disrupt the timing of the quarterback under the coverage-oriented approach favored by Pettine. That number should rise dramatically in 2013 with Ryan promising to dial up more pressures.



    In Ryan's last season directing the defense, the Jets finished with 40 sacks and tormented foes with a blitz-heavy scheme that sent five, six and seven rushers from all angles. Of course, blitzes are designed to get designated rushers to the quarterback, but astute defensive coordinators call blitzes to get their best pass rushers in one-on-one matchups at the line of scrimmage. By routinely sending five or more rushers, Ryan can prevent offensive coordinators from consistently double-teaming one of his young, athletic defensive linemen, leading to more sacks from the front four. Additionally, the confusion created by diverse blitz tactics produces more free hits on the quarterback. Given the talents of Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and first-round draft pick Sheldon Richardson, the aggressive approach could yield big results.

    Muhammad Wilkerson: Wilkerson quietly is emerging as a dominant force in the NFL, with a versatile game that blends strength, power and explosiveness. He is capable of manning any position along the line, but is at his best working as a 5-technique in the Jets' hybrid scheme. In two full seasons, Wilkerson has tallied eight sacks and six pass breakups, while forcing four fumbles. Additionally, he has shown the potential to wreak havoc on opposing offenses as an interior rusher in nickel situations -- like he demonstrates in the video just above. Wilkerson's versatility gives Ryan a variety of options to combat the spread formations that are trending heavily in the AFC East.



    Quinton Coples: Coples has spent some time in Ryan's doghouse for his inconsistent work ethic and energy, but there is no denying his immense talent and potential as a pass rusher. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback, and Ryan will attempt to maximize this skill by utilizing Coples' versatility. In the video clip to the right, Coples shows his ability to rush the passer from a defensive tackle alignment by executing a looping DT/DE pick stunt to record a sack. These are the kinds of tricks Ryan will undoubtedly use to spice up the Jets' pass rush.

    Sheldon Richardson: Richardson is the X-factor on the Jets' defensive line with his athleticism, quickness and relentless motor. The rookie was a disruptive force in the SEC at Missouri and should stand out in the Ryan's aggressive scheme. By positioning Richardson as a 3-technique in the Jets' base defense, Ryan finally has an interior rusher capable of collapsing the pocket on early downs. This should lead to double-teams in the middle, freeing up Wilkerson and Coples for sacks off the edge or David Harris coming up the middle on cross-gut blitzes.

    3) Antonio Cromartie's re-emergence as a shutdown corner will be key.

    Cromartie has always been regarded as one of the mercurial talents at the position, but his inconsistent focus and concentration led to underachievement on the field. However, that narrative changed in 2012, when he took over for an injured Darrelle Revis as the Jets' No. 1 corner.

    Cromartie finished his seventh NFL season with three interceptions and 13 pass breakups, while relishing the challenge of guarding the opponent's top receiver. He played to his imposing physical dimensions (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) by mauling receivers at the line of scrimmage in press coverage, but also displayed the instincts, awareness and ball skills to be a game changer at the position. As a result, the Jets' pass defense still finished second in yards allowed, despite the loss of a perennial All-Pro corner.



    With Cromartie capable of being a shutdown corner, the Jets can get back to pressuring the quarterback relentlessly with the barrage of exotic blitz/coverage combinations used in Ryan's first two years in New York. Cromartie can shadow the opponent's top receiver, with the rest of the defense playing a matchup zone coverage away from his side. The Jets can also place Cromartie on the opponent's No. 2 receiver, double-team the top receiver with a hybrid roll zone and utilize some type of simulated pressure to attack the quarterback.

    Finally, the Jets can play traditional blitz-man coverage, with Cromartie assigned to the top receiver regardless of his alignment. This would require the two-time Pro Bowler to occasionally play in the slot, but he demonstrated those skills last season (and in the video clip just above) as the Jets' top dog. If he can remain consistent, hungry and focused as the designated eraser in the back end, Cromartie will play a major role in returning the Jets' defense to the ranks of the elite.

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    Thanks for posting, great read.

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    LOL The Cardinals were afraid of the pressure from Bryan Thomas so they slide to that side. No wonder they were so bad last year.

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    Damn, shouldn't have read that. With all the "jets suck" articles and low expectations from the know-it-alls, I've been able to temper my anticipation for this season. Trying to enjoy the summer while only occasionally checking in on Jet news.

    Reading this though... think it just kicked off my obsession for some Jet football. Crap and it's still June.

    Can't wait to be at the games yelling for the D on 3rd downs. Looking forward to a fast agressive D. With even a marginally improved O, I don't care what power rankings say, this is gonna be a fun (competitive) season.

    Ha, especially if that circus up North stays in full swing.

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    The aggressive blitzing is what has really been missing from our defense the last 2 years, I am really looking forward to seeing it again.

    This defense can be one of the best the Jets have fielded in the Rex Ryan ERA - Yes, even without Darelle Revis.

    Can't wait!!!

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    Nice read. Cimini couldn't write a piece like that if you gave him a 10k advance contract and a year to get it written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerfish View Post
    LOL The Cardinals were afraid of the pressure from Bryan Thomas so they slide to that side. No wonder they were so bad last year.
    I thought the same thing

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    I think the Jets defensive decline had more to do with the injury to Pouha than people initially thought. He just was not the same player after the back injury. Even Rex and Pettine couldn't come up with anything to cover up not having a consistent NT/DT.
    Like the article said, Sheldon Richardson really is the big ? (the other being Coples transition) for this D next season. If he can come in and make an impact from day one, we could see a return to 09/10 D fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green&White51 View Post
    Like the article said, Sheldon Richardson really is the big ? (the other being Coples transition) for this D next season. If he can come in and make an impact from day one, we could see a return to 09/10 D fast.
    Royal Dutch Shel is no question mark. Dude is a legit beast, in the mold of a Wilkerbeast. Let's hope Rex actually plays him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astoria View Post
    Royal Dutch Shel is no question mark. Dude is a legit beast, in the mold of a Wilkerbeast. Let's hope Rex actually plays him.
    Richardson was taken with the 13th overall pick, there isn't any question of if he's going to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodFLKeysJetsFan View Post
    The aggressive blitzing is what has really been missing from our defense the last 2 years, I am really looking forward to seeing it again.

    This defense can be one of the best the Jets have fielded in the Rex Ryan ERA - Yes, even without Darelle Revis.

    Can't wait!!!
    This D is loaded on the DL, has speed and versatility at LB and above average CB's.

    They will keep the Jets in games and even win them while the O catches up in the early part of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodFLKeysJetsFan View Post
    Richardson was taken with the 13th overall pick, there isn't any question of if he's going to play.
    Rex is known for holding his rookies back. You know this. Demario Davis rode the pine behind aging Scott #57. Coples lost snaps to DeVito and Kenrick freaking Ellis. Antonio Allen? Sorry bro, all pro Eric Smith is in front of you. Bilal Powell forgot how to run he saw Greene trip over his feet so many times.

    Obviously the #13 pick should play. Whether Rex will play him enough is another story.

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    With regards to the blitzing, wasn't one of the reason why we stopped blitzing b.c our guy weren't getting there? Seems after Year 1 our blitzes have consisted of Harris or Eric Smith running into a DL's ass.

    I just hope our 3 first rounders can generate a conventional pass rush. If they can do that then everything else will fall into place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Seems after Year 1 our blitzes have consisted of Harris or Eric Smith running into a DL's ass.
    They learned that from Sanchez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    With regards to the blitzing, wasn't one of the reason why we stopped blitzing b.c our guy weren't getting there? Seems after Year 1 our blitzes have consisted of Harris or Eric Smith running into a DL's ass.

    I just hope our 3 first rounders can generate a conventional pass rush. If they can do that then everything else will fall into place.
    you forgot about Aaron Maybin circles around the Offense. If he had 40 seconds he got to th QB eventually.

    Nice read but I want to see it. Our D has been pumped up for years yet we couldnt stop Tebow for Christ sake and we gave up a shlt load of points the last 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    They learned that from Sanchez.
    You might be right.

    Quote Originally Posted by southparkcpa View Post
    you forgot about Aaron Maybin circles around the Offense. If he had 40 seconds he got to th QB eventually.

    Nice read but I want to see it. Our D has been pumped up for years yet we couldnt stop Tebow for Christ sake and we gave up a shlt load of points the last 2 years.
    At least Maybin was off the scrap heap. Hard to critical of him. But Maybin is one of the reasons why I temper my enthusiasm from these off season fluff pieces. If you remember the reports coming out of TC last year about Maybin you would have thought he was Reggie White.

    Defense has definitely taken a step back the past two years but I put some of the blame for that on the offense. Our offensive woes have hurt the defense physically and mentally. I think we should be pretty good in the back end but once again everything will come down to generating a pass rush. Lack of pass rush and poor tackling have been major bugaboos the past couple of years. Actually, we haven't had a pass rush in forever.

    It is hard to expect all these young guys to step in and be great in Week 1. I think we might struggle on defense early in the season. But if Rex is the defensive genius people make him out to be he should be able to get the most out of these guys.

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    The problem with this defense will be the Jets offense. The defense is talented and exceptionally well coordinated and will do well. However, statistically and points allowed may not be great because I expect the defense to be on field consistently too much. Our offense is going to stink and struggle to convert first downs and stay on the field. Our defense's fatigue for overplaying, and the defensive players frustration with a bad offense will show sooner rather than later.

    If our offense shows up to play, this team could surprise, but I am extremely hesitant to think our offense will produce much of anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    You might be right.



    At least Maybin was off the scrap heap. Hard to critical of him. But Maybin is one of the reasons why I temper my enthusiasm from these off season fluff pieces. If you remember the reports coming out of TC last year about Maybin you would have thought he was Reggie White.

    Defense has definitely taken a step back the past two years but I put some of the blame for that on the offense. Our offensive woes have hurt the defense physically and mentally. I think we should be pretty good in the back end but once again everything will come down to generating a pass rush. Lack of pass rush and poor tackling have been major bugaboos the past couple of years. Actually, we haven't had a pass rush in forever.

    It is hard to expect all these young guys to step in and be great in Week 1. I think we might struggle on defense early in the season. But if Rex is the defensive genius people make him out to be he should be able to get the most out of these guys.
    Agreed. Rex will hype a toilet full of diarrhea ....I'm as upbeat as anyone but if recent history is any indication, we will struggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamic Hip Screw View Post
    The problem with this defense will be the Jets offense. The defense is talented and exceptionally well coordinated and will do well. However, statistically and points allowed may not be great because I expect the defense to be on field consistently too much. Our offense is going to stink and struggle to convert first downs and stay on the field. Our defense's fatigue for overplaying, and the defensive players frustration with a bad offense will show sooner rather than later.

    If our offense shows up to play, this team could surprise, but I am extremely hesitant to think our offense will produce much of anything.
    Last year I would have agreed with you but whether it is Sanchez or Smith behind our revamp offensive line, we now have legit weapons at running back in Ivory, Goodson, McKnight and Powell to go along with quality third down options in Kerley, Winslow (even Mcknight and Goodson out of the back field). Cumberland, Smith and Rueland should get better. Also I expect Hill to be better than last year; I am also excited about the possibilities of the Rogers. He may end of being a real steal. I also would not be surprised if we add a vet receiver before the season.

    So to sum up; I believe we will have a better offense, especially our running game and that alone should help keep the defense off the field more.
    Last edited by Jet Black; 06-22-2013 at 10:16 AM.

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    Agreed, but the key to the running game and short passing game on third down is the O-line. They are "revamped," but with 2 new starters at guard and no idea at this point who are even the best players at guard, I cannot expect the O-line to produce at a high level for several games. When the O-line starts playing well, which I expect will happen and I hope sooner rather than later, we will be able to keep the offense on the field and sustain drives.

    I love the potential of the defense, they will give up yards and points, but I don't require utter domination from the defense to be a successful unit. The areas that need improvement from last year are run stopping and pass rush and this will be a top 5 defense.

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