They looked like strong hands.
Chad Henne's one strength is playing against blitz-happy defenses, especially those that play single-high looks. That is Rex Ryan's defense to a T. For as much of a defensive genius as everyone claims Rex to be, you would think he would have learned that and played the bracket coverages that Henne struggles with. But he doesn't, he is too stubborn for that. Especially last year, there was absolutely no reason for him to pull that safety down into the box; our run game was atrocious. He did it anyways, and Henne torched that defense. If Henning didn't go super conservative with his playcalling whenever we were in the Meadowlands, we'd probably put up a lot more points in those meetings. Not saying we would have for sure, but anyone who didn't see a difference in aggressiveness at home and when we were in NY wasn't watching the games.
Defensively, our defense matches up very well with their offense. They are a run-first team that thrives off of the play action. That first game we were missing Crowder and Smith was out, and whether people like it or not, that is why their offense was able to move the ball so well. That second game, Crowder was in and Smith was actually playing well and they couldn't get much of anything going. We shut down their run, which took away the threat of the playaction. It's no surprise the entire offense stalled. That first game they were the running the ball pretty well, which made the play action pretty effective. That and Jason Allen was a joke of a corner. If you shut down the Jet's run, you take away the most dangerous part of that offense. The Phin's defense is one of the few that is able to do that without bringing a safety down into the box.
All of you guys saying blaming that loss to the Phins on the Santonio Holmes drop are completely forgetting that it happened early in the third quarter if I remember right. It would have been a COMPLETELY different game if we were down. We went into ******-conservative mode with Henning's playcalling because we were up. If we were down, it still would have been ******-conservative mode, but he would have actively been trying to get some points. You guys lost that game because Sanchez played like sh*t against our defense, bottom line.
If I could take your pain and frame it, and hang it on my wall,
maybe you would never have to hurt again...