Lot of highlights to get to today, let’s start with Quincy Enunwa making a great play.
Jets line up with four wide, three to the right. The three on the right run 3 in routes, a standard 15 yard in from the outside, a short shallow cross and Enunwa running some type of slant/in combination. Brandon Marshall runs your typical go route while Matt Forte hits the sidelines.
Browns are in a disguised cover three. Ryan Fitzpatrick checks off Marshall after the line and goes to the second read, which is Enunwa over the middle of the field.
The key is actually the route of Forte dragging the outside short zone up as you see below. If the linebacker didn’t jump on Forte, Forte would be the open man here with a few yards of open space and Q blocking. But with the outside zone covering Forte Q gets the pass as he gets to the outside shoulder of the linebacker and you know the rest.
But... take a look at this, Marshall beats his man up the sideline. I’m not sure if Fitz checked off too soon after the initial jam or whether this was good check considering what happened.
I’m not sure whether to slam Fitz on this play for the check off. Hypothetically if Marshall never gets open and Fitz stayed locked on him we’d all be up in arms about him only looking at Marshall. When Marshall had gotten open, Fitz had started to check across the field and saw the open zone develop and Q with some space. I’m not saying Fitz thought it’d be a score, but saying he saw the opening for a pass for the first.
The pass was a good read in a vacuum as you’d take Q against a linebacker with 1⁄3 of the field open towards the sideline for a first down. Once he read Q was getting open was there any logic to looking at any other reads?
On the other hand, I know a few people will say look at Marshall beating his man and Fitz not seeing it after making the initial and second read. A good pass here scores a TD pretty easily if you went to Marshall deep based on the last image.
Perhaps I’m overthinking this one as we did score thanks to Q, but I can’t help but think what if he went back to Marshall deep?
I’ll leave it up to the comments section, because I’m genuinely curious. I can see this both ways as a good read to an open Enunwa that was fortunate to score, or a missed opportunity to get Marshall deep for a TD.
Forte got two on the day. The first on 4th and 1.
The Jets run a simple counter trey with only one man pulling and the FB sealing off the backside. The Jets have a jumbo set in and the RG here pulls to the left side of the line. Other than that, it’s simple one on one blocking up front. I didn’t see any signs of a double team.
The pulling man gets the linebacker to jump to the inside, from there the two blocks from the LT and TE are sufficient enough to cause a big hole to form. Forte bounces this outside and has only the DB in his direct line.
That’s a matchup you hope a running back could win. Forte does scoring his first TD of the game.
Later he’d add a second on a cutback.
Jets line up with the heavies again and run a power run with double teams all over the field. I’m still not sure if this is a designed cutback or Forte didn’t like the matchup against the defender filling the hole one on one.
Here you see the cutback and 41 closing the hole the play might have gone toward. Instead, he cuts it back to the inside trying to use the double from the center and guard as shield against the linebacker.
It works again, as he gets himself into the endzone. It wasn’t the prettiest play by any means but seems that Forte’s vision and locating a defender without any momentum paid off.
Let’s switch to the defense and how they caused turnovers. The first was Marcus Gilchrist getting a bit lucky and Calvin Pryor giving up on the play.
The Browns line up with an interesting formation with three tight right and a single flanker left. Basically on the right it’s a bunch formation play, with three deep routes including a wheel route on the outside. Meanwhile Terrelle Pryor runs the go route on the opposite side.
Jets are in cover four— a perfect defense for this particular play with four deep. Darrelle Revis stays with Pryor favoring any outside route that never materializes. Gilchrist is on the inside of him.
Gilchrist gets caught looking at the one side of the field a bit here. Revis still has Pryor deep so there’s not a looming deep play threat per se. More or less the pass would have to be very deep and to the middle of the field. Revis doesn’t have great position but to be fair he’s supposed to have a guy to the inside watching for just that thing.
Pryor pulls up here for whatever reason. The pass was very late and truthfully, unless it was perfect even with Pryor not giving up this play probably doesn’t have much hope with so many defensive backs. As is, Pryor pulls up and Gilchrist steals the interception from Revis.
On film, it wasn’t exactly what you’d hope from Gilchrist but it ended up working. Also, this is a perfect example of a great defensive call completely shutting down what the offense was hoping to do.
This one is also a bit interesting because the safety abandons his deep responsibilities, but it’s the correct read considering what happened.
Browns line up with five wide with three left and two in twins right. The right side runs a drive out route with an underneath slant route. On the other side it’s a crossing route, deep in route and deep post route.
Jets are in cover two man coverage. Pryor should be looking for anything deep here, but the sideline was covered by the DB. Pryor sees the inside slant route getting open as the CB failed to get any kind of leverage. Pryor in essence jumps the route here.
At the moment of the pass hitting the WR Pryor nails him causing the ball to go up where it’s picked off.
As I’ve watched it numerous times, I can say Pryor probably read this perfectly. With that open slant route coming over the middle, he had to read that it was going to him. On the other hand, he’s out of position for anything deep on his half of the field had the out route been a more generic go route. Also, that corner on that slant route was completely out of position in man coverage. Pryor saved the day on this play with an aggressive play.
Last play for today. It’s the Browns scoring a pretty simple touchdown. Frankly one that is tough to stop if you don’t have perfect coverage.
The Browns roll out right with the outside WR running a deep route and an out route from the slot man. The left WR runs across the formation and is your safety valve.
It comes down to Williams failing to get any kind of jam or contact on the WR allowing him to go to the outside untouched. He’s completely out of position basically off the bat.
On this play, all you can hope for as a defense is good coverage. With that, you might have a chance for one or two DL/LB’s to create just enough disruption to cause a sack or throw away. The Jets got nothing from Williams and it was about as easy a score as you can imagine.