New York Jets Pass Defense vs. Miami Dolphins Pass Offense

The Dolphins throw the ball to keep defenses honest. Their long touchdown pass to Ted Ginn in the first meeting aside, they do not make many big plays in the passing game. After Ginn's struggles last week with some critical drops, he can expect to see his playing time decrease against the Jets. That takes away the one big play threat in the receiving corps. Anybody who has read this blog knows I don't think much of Ginn as a receiver. There is no doubting, though, that his straight line speed adds an extra dimension to an offense if nothing else. The Dolphins will probably play receivers who work primarily underneath in Davone Bess, Greg Camirillo, and Brian Hartline. Tight end Anthony Fasano has been close to a nonfactor in the passing game.

The Jets lost the last game because Miami pounded the ball on them. What they need to do is sell out to stop the run. The Dolphins aren't the kind of team that's going to put it up 50 times. They don't have the playmakers to do it effectively. The Jets can stick Revis, Sheppard, Strickland, and Lowery on an island with these guys. I trust any of the four corners on an island against anybody from Miami's receiving corps.

I don't see the Jets selling out to blitz at Henne. Again, the focus will be on stopping the run game. We'll likely see a lot of four man fronts. That makes it important for Shaun Ellis to win his matchups and get into Henne's face. In the first meeting, Henne showed he makes sound decisions when he's comfortable in the pocket. At this point of his career, he's a game manager. The Jets want to get in his face and force early throws and checkdowns, but they aren't going all out like they did last time.

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