Re: How will the pats offense attack the jets
posted at 9/15/2010 8:43 PM EDT
In Response to Re: How will the pats offense attack the jets
[QUOTE]Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, Hernandez and Gronk are the keys.
Posted by patriotsmatt[/QUOTE]
The Jets are somewhat comfortable with big dumb offensive lines and with speedster WRs running downfield. Welker and Edelman bring a different skill set -- lateral explosion. They run five yards or so downfield and then cut left/right with enough explosion to get open. Then they either cut upfield because Brady has set them up wonderfully, or else they deliberately get down onto the ground. To match them the Jets need linebackers and backs with lateral explosion, which they just don't have any of.
Hernandez bodies people up like Shaq in the lane. If you're pushing people around or blocking them out, their speed doesn't matter. Hernandez is best guarded by a fast, agile, lightweight linebacker. The Jets have heavy linebackers (Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, David Harris) designed to stop the run. Sorry. Wrong matchup.
Gronk pushes people around like an extra offensive tackle, runs like a wide receiver, and can outjump most people for the ball. Again, heavy linebackers aren't of much use if Gronk is three yards away and pulling away.
Brady may be able to hit the deep passes but he always was an accurate short passer. He sees blitzes as opportunities. Rushing about 4 blitzers is said to be optimal, but it doesn't help that much.
Any one aspect of the offensive game may be shut down by a double team, but to do the job properly requires far more than 11 players on the field. That's what will be so frustrating for the Jets' defense. Brady spreads the ball around all over.
The Pats have a rather mobile running attack, with pulling guards and tackles plus they can add a wealth of tight ends on third and short. The Jets' heavy linebackers are good for clogging up the middle, which is nice against teams such as Miami but which is a concern when Kevin Faulk, another lateral explosion guy, gets the football.