"-----By my evaluation, after studying the video, Howard didn't allow any QB pressures while playing with the starting unit -- a total of 21 drop-backs. Here's a breakdown of how he fared in different pass-protection situations:Howard looked better than Hunter because he got help the entire time he was in there pass blocking from Conners. Sparano left Hunter to face JPP all on his own in the Giants game.
Isolated vs. pass rusher -- 13 plays. On nine of the plays, Howard blocked DE Charles Johnson, the Panthers' best pass rusher. He was on an island, left alone versus a guy making $76 million over six years. Howard held his own, showing nice lateral quickness on Johnson's outside rushes. Johnson had a knee scope in the offseason and he said recently he's still not 100 percent, so maybe that was a factor.
'Chipping' help vs. pass rusher -- Four plays. On the Jets' first play, Howard got big-time help from FB John Conner, who blasted Johnson while leaking out on a pass route. It was like the Jets were trying to send a message, telling the Panthers they weren't going to allow them to do what the Giants did to Wayne Hunter the previous week. NBC's Cris Collinsworth, on the game telecast, picked up on that immediately. Conner chipped Howard's man on three other occasions.
Double team vs. pass rusher -- One play. They used Howard in tandem with RG Brandon Moore to block DE Antwan Applewhite.-----"
Perhaps watch the game next time. 13 plays playing on an island against Panthers best pass rusher out of 18 accounted plays.
He threw where receivers were open. Previous three seasons, he'd force passes in to double and triple coverages and get picked off. As for Hill, I hope DBs don't respect his deep threat. It'll only be better for the Jets. Hill will make the toughest catches, while dropping one hitting him in the numbers. It's a mental thing. I know another player that had this issue. His name is Braylon. By the time he left the Jets, he became one of the most sure handed WRs in the NFL. He had just one drop in the entire 2010 season. Drops can be fixed.Yeah, buttfumble threw downfield some, but at least twice, on thirds and long, he threw his short to his check-down for 3 or 4 yards. That's what he's been doing his entire career, and defenses know it. Hill dropped one pass and deflected another one that resulted in an INT; a deep threat is only one if DBs respect his ability to catch the ball.
That I'll agree. However, we can't be any worse than last year. We had a few OL injuries as well that contributed.The Jets running game was unimpressive. They couldn't punch the ball in from the 7 yard line against a Carolina team that's hardly a defensive juggernaut.
I think this Jets D will be the best Rex is yet to field for the Jets. The way Coples has played in games, it just adds to the already strong D. The offense only needs to be average to win games. Thats how the Jets are built. Great D with average O. And as much as I hated the Donkeys and wanted Tebow to lose big time, they did beat Steelers in the playoffs, and that too with their offense. In fact, their D was average last year statistically, contrary to the popular belief.The Jets defense is NOT the problem. The Jets offense is. Big time. It will pull down the defense. If a team cannot field a decent offense, it's NOT making the playoffs from the AFC unless it wins a crappy division, which is what the Donkeys did last year. They won 8 games, and only took the division because Oakland lost their last game.
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