For the first time in his tenure with the Jets
, I think Rex finally has the team that he wants. Brian was never his guy. He was forced on Rex. But Tony is Rex's guy. And Tony is building the monster that Rex wants. He's creating the beast the that Rex would least like to face.
Rex is a defensive guy to his bones. So sitting him in a room and talking offensive concepts is like trying to teach your dog calculus in chinese. You'd get a side tilt of the head and a WTF look on his face. So when you talk offense to a defense guy, you gotta talk about fears. What is Rex most affraid to face?
Nothing is more disheartening to a defense than when an offense just sizes you up mano y mano and runs the ball down your throat. Rex, first and foremost
, wants an offense that can man you up and knock you around. Thats the thing that he's most affraid of as a defensive guy. And really... nothing is worse than having an opponent just run it right at you over and over and over, eating up 8 minutes on a 70 yard drive for a touchdown, and kicking your ass for every yard of it. We had a taste of that down in Florida back in yesteryear. It didn't taste good. I want one of those to shove down the throats of my enemies.
Another thing Rex fears is tempo. It sucks when an offense gets in a groove and doesn't let you breathe. You can't change personnel, you can't adjust, you can't communicate, regroup, rethink... When they find a weakness and poke it and poke it and don't stop poking until they hit bone, it sucks (Patriots
). It creates pressure on the defense. They can't disguise things, they can't read things, they have to be lined up and ready from the word go. You can't attack when the offense plays up-tempo. As a defense, you're forced to be reactive. Defenses can't dictate terms to up-tempo offenses. Rex loooves
offenses that run the play clock down. Against those offenses, he can play with his looks and set traps and move guys around. He can dictate. When the offense comes to scrimmage and snaps it, he can't fool around with his looks. When facing up-tempo, Rex no likey. Therefore, gimme an up-tempo offense to throw at my enemies.
Another thing Rex hates to face, an offense that's multiple. An offense that can go from spread to jumbo without changing personnel. One of the things that I loved about the Bengals
game was that our first unit operated almost exclusively from 2 TE sets with Keller and Cumberland. Yeah we were vanilla, and did mostly power runs (awesome) and basic pass schemes. But if you think we're not going to be creative with those two once the season rolls around, you're nuts. Why? Because Rex knows what a pain in the ass that is to plan for. If you go big, they can spread you out and get those guys matched up in space. If you go small, those guys can muscle you up in the run game. If you're working these guys in the middle of the field, you're occupying the safeties and keeping them from being too aggressive against the run, and you can also use them to slow down the rush by chipping and releasing. And by occupying the safeties, you create one-on-ones for your guys on the outside to take shots and make chunk plays. One missed tackle and its off to the races. You didn't see the stuff we're gonna do in a pre-season game. Nor should you. Why divulge your bread and butter and give your enemies a glimpse of your plans?
And last but not least... the wildcat. Why? Because it sucks to prepare for. And it supersucks if there's a legit passing option out of it. And what happens when you're not fully prepared for it? Thats right. You get a big fat "T" shoved down your throat. If you're weak defending the run? Tebow down you're throat. D-line gets gassed? Tebow down you're throat. And if you get too cute and bring the house after Tebow? Hill down field fighting for a jump-ball against your corner. And if the corner loses the jump and misses the tackle? Praise Jesus.
Rex finally has his team. A team made in his image. A defense thats the sum of his genius. An offense thats the sum of his fears. Dr Frankenstein and his monster. Beware.