- The coverage numbers include only legitimate targets into the general area of a receiver/defender; throws in which a defender in coverage was directly involved the outcome. Throwaways and deflections at the line are excluded.
- The stats for each individual are that of the quarterback’s passing numbers when targeting the individual’s matchup. A player could receive coverage credit even if a teammate finished the play. For example, in Week 1 last season when Tyrod Taylor threw an interception targeting a tight end running into Jamal Adams’ zone, Juston Burris ended up with the interception, but I credited that pick to Adams since I deemed he made the primary play in coverage to cause the pick.
- Penalties and pass breakups counted are only those accumulated in coverage. Penalties/PBs picked up on blitzes, or penalties tackling another player’s responsibility, are not included.
- “Burns mitigated by opponent miscue,” or “miscues” (M) are included in charting to attempt to knock defenders who benefited from an egregious error by the offense (drop, horrible throw) and give perspective to the validity of their raw stats. A defender can still register an interception or incompletion to his credit on a miscued play.
First, here’s a look at each targeted player’s total numbers in coverage against Jacksonville.
This game prompted me to bend the rules in a way I haven’t before. You might notice a section that doesn’t highlight a particular player:
There were so many instances of uncovered defenders in this game that I had to create a section for coaching to account for them. I didn’t want to gloss over so many big games on the stat sheet, but I also did not want to blame any one player in particular on plays where at times up to 3 different players could potentially be blamed. The defensive playcalling was stubborn and static in this game, yielding way too many free first downs. Thus, the coaches now get knocked in my box scores.
Next, here’s a breakdown of the Jets in coverage broken down by player matchup and coverage type. Keep in mind receivers who saw targets lined up both outside and in the slot are listed twice.
Some takeaways from the numbers:
- As I mentioned earlier the defensive coaching was terrible in this game. The Jets were getting beaten by the same plays over and over and never adjusted.
- Trumaine Johnson wrapped up a disappointing first quarter with a toasting courtesy of Donte Moncrief. Johnson allowed all three of his targets to be caught for first downs, highlighted by a 67-yard Moncrief touchdown on a go route down the sideline. In total, Moncrief collected half of his 10 first downs on the season in this game, 4 of them against Jets cornerbacks.
- Darron Lee’s coverage hot streak ended as he allowed 63 yards and 2 first downs on 5 targets. A lot of other plays where he might have looked responsible seemed to be (again) on the poor play calling, but Lee still made a few mistakes of his own in zone coverage in this game. He maintains strong numbers on the year, but needs to rebound quickly.
- Buster Skrine had a rough game save for his forced fumble. He was involved in many of the coverage busts (maybe his fault, maybe not) and was mistake prone in coverage, where he would have allowed 4 first downs if not for the fumble he forced.
This here is not going to cut it. This is the first of four Dede Westbrook wide open 14+ yard first downs on crossing routes from the right side.
What is going on here? Skrine lines up opposite Westbrook but instead carries the tight end up the field with Jamal Adams up top. Nobody is covering the top part of the field in zone (Lee is assigned to the running back). Four Jaguars receivers run routes against five Jets defensive backs and, there is an area that wide open to be taken advantage of.
Should Skrine have covered Westbrook man-to-man? If that was the case, he would likely have been reprimanded and you would see the adjustment the next time Jacksonville ran the play. Instead, you saw this:
What is going on? Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, and Avery Williamson are bunched up in intermediate zones in the middle of the field covering nobody. Skrine clearly did not think Westbrook was his assignment in man coverage once again, which is probably a sign that he is playing the exact role the play calls him to.
Both of those plays were in the first half. Clearly, the Jaguars simply drew up a brilliant play that had stumped the Jets out of the gate. The Jets would adjust at halftime, right?
Nope. Westbrook picked himself up another first down in the exact same fashion after the break.
The Jets finally adjusted and put Skrine in man coverage on Westbrook against this play, but he busts the coverage as he bumps into the tight end running up the seam.
Skrine, the coaches, and Dede Westbrook gleefully running across the middle of the field were not the only issues in this game. The Jets’ big money cornerback was toasted for 92 yards and 3 first downs on 4 targets. Most notably, he allowed this 67-yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief as he opens up immediately without creating any contact, and does not have the speed to catch up with Moncrief as he dashes right by unimpeded. Right before the ball arrives Moncrief creates even more space with a little extension of the arm.
Johnson was lucky to not be toasted for a score like this in Cleveland, as he took advantage of a Tyrod Taylor underthrow to Antonio Callaway to come up with a pass breakup. This time, he wasn’t as lucky. Johnson can’t afford to make this a weekly occurrence. I doubt it will become one, but this is two straight weeks now. He has to clean it up and prevent this from happening more than once or maybe twice over the rest of the year at most.
As mentioned Darron Lee cooled down in coverage as he made some mistakes in zone. Dede Westbrook runs his patented crosser out of the right slot with Lee lined up directly opposite him in a hook zone. With the Jets having allowed this route by the same player to go for a big gain twice already prior to this snap, Lee hangs on to Westbrook way too long and loses track of T.J. Yeldon’s delayed exit out of the backfield. Lee needs to pass this off to Avery Williamson much earlier. Instead, he had already committed far too much in the opposite direction to prevent a walk-in 31-yard score for Yeldon.
Jamal Adams is becoming a force in all phases of the game. That includes in coverage, as he has thrived in both zone and man. Here, manned up against Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Adams runs the route for him and causes him to trip before he can make a play on the ball.
This play is fantastic. Adams shows blitz and drops into zone. Outstanding recognition, closing speed, and finish (on a tight end) to stop this play short of the sticks on 3rd down.
Here are the season totals for the Jets so far.
Will Trumaine Johnson bounce back?
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He’ll be a superstar
He’ll be very good
He’ll be good
He’ll be OK
He’ll be bad
He’ll become the Jets albatross of all Jets albatrosses