Despite the win against the Dolphins, it's still clear this team has a lot of weaknesses. The offensive line still has trouble getting push in the running game, Greene has trouble getting to the second level, and our run defense can't seem to slow down the perimeter runs. This isn't a one game problem either. This has consistently occurred throughout the season and there needs to be a change in philosophy.
A major reason the Jets can't get the ground game to have any traction is teams are stacking eight in the box consistently. We're only averaging 2.7 YPC up the middle. (2.7?!?!) Unfortunately, we haven't been able to take advantage of that through the air. Why? Simply because the opposing defense is sitting on all the short routes, not worrying about anything vertical or double moves. Well it's time for the coaches to change that. (Listening Schotty?) We need to bomb it at least once or twice against San Diego; even if it's incomplete it serves a purpose. The safety will stop cheating down and teams will begin to respect the homerun threat giving much more room for our battering ram, Greene. That and getting Sanchez into an early rhythm will lessen the pressure the running game has to deal with. Secondly, we need to get Joe McKnight some more touches to the outside and even split him outside which is a nice touch.
As for the run defense, the defense has been stout up the middle throughout the season. However, we've been vulnerable to outside runs specifically this year. It's been a plethora of issues ranging from bad angles to poor tackling but there's been one constant: lack of penetration. I honestly think we should have more 4-3 alignments, with a front of Devito, Ellis, Pouha, and Wilkerson. That's a lot of beef and athleticism teams have to deal with and should keep teams from consistently getting the edge against us.
IN OTHER NEWS...
- Kenrick Ellis should be activated for the rest of the season, no question. He really made a difference out there last week with 2 TFL. Yes, he's going to get blown off the ball on occasion from playing too high, but he's shown a lot of flashes and the only way to get better is to get consistent burn.
- Davone Bess is a very good receiver. He consistently gets 70+ catches a season. He was erased on Monday. He's been quiet but Wilson's been one of our best players this year.
- Good bounce back game for Conley. He was pretty poor against NE; but he boomed most of his kicks and was vital in the field position battle.
- Nick Folk, I no longer worry when you have to kick, good job.