Re: Quietly... Mark Anderson is on pace...
posted at 10/9/2011 10:23 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Quietly... Mark Anderson is on pace...
Anderson is becoming their Mariano Rivera.
Up late, other team in desperation mode, bring in the closer, #95.
I really think the problem with the defense right now, the more I see of them week to week, is the coverage. They don't generate a lot of heat but a lot of the time they just rush 3 or 4 and drop 7 or 8.
even if our coverage was not good, you have to get a past rush. it doesnt happen most of the time with 4. it never happens with 3 rushing. meaning any decent qb can sit an wait till someone gets open.
there was some improvement today, but the jets bailed us out a lot, especially early in the game. a good offense could kill unless bb does like he did some late in the game and bring some pass rush.
Only elite-level Front Fours generate heat out of those alignments. But in the first five games this season there have been plenty of times where the front line has made the other team's QB "uncomfortable" in the pocket but the QB still manages to get the pass off and the DBs either blow the coverage or they have the coverage but fudge-up the play on the ball (that's happened A LOT already this year, including on the 3rd down pass to Plaxico that was overturned on the challenge).
we've been weak at the front, middle (lbs) and back of the defense, even when our starters in the d backfield were on the filed, except for the most part guys against dowling (he has either defended the pass or/and the qb stays away from him). of course our dbs arent doing much now with everyone hurt. arrington is not really a cb to me (he can only tackle, he doesnt defend pases really).while the guys up front have not been great (till today), they didnt look bad out there today. definitely room for improvement, especially in scheming more heat on the qb, if we want a defense good enough to win in the playoffs
I never thought I'd say this back in August, but that Dowling injury has hurt them. He's a rookie but he was "on the ball," as the saying goes, in the limited time he was out there before he was injured. If he comes back soon I think the secondary will be better.agreed, called dowling predraft. preseason confirmed for me he was gonna be good.
But I have zero complaints about today. The Jets had two long drives, yes, but other than his TD catch Holmes--who KILLED them last season--was not a factor, and Burress didn't do much either. And while the Jets scored 21 pts, 7 of them are on the special teams for allowing that 88-yard KO return.i'm not as high on the performance. an improvement, but not good enough to beat a good team performing well at this point (imo)
Oh, and run the ball!!!! Two weeks in a row they ran it more, and two weeks in a row they closed out the game emphatically.
thankfully, a guess a good many of us now are (and several of us have long been) on that call for more running mixed in and more use of the run ahead late in the game.
thanks for the post.