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Video of Ryan's Defense

 

This is only a short clip of one play, but it can show us a lot about Rex Ryan's defense. There is always a lot of shifting before the snap and blitzing coming from unexpected angles. It confuses blocking schemes as on this play.  If even one of the five linemen misses an assignment because of the chaos in front of him, somebody has a free run to the quarterback.

It reminds me a lot of the schemes the Jets ran on their 2006 and 2007 regular season trips to New England. Even though there was no great pass rusher on the roster, the defense battered Tom Brady by using deception like this in its fronts. The alignments worked so well, a lot of people (myself included) asked why Eric Mangini and Bob Sutton did not utilize it as the base defense instead of the predictable read and react 3-4 they ran.

Now we finally get our wish.