Time to Spice it up on D

What has been missing from the New York Jets football team during the last month is the lack of ATTITUDE on the defense and special teams. I factor in special teams because who plays on special teams are majority back up second stringers and if the first string starters can not tackle what do you expect from the back up second stringers. Get my point?

We always talk about how the offense score points and wins games. But we often forget the defense wins championships. And right now I give the nod to Miami before the Patriots and then the Jets when speaking of defenses that are in the AFC East playoff race.

All of the average starting positions for both the Jet Offense and Jet defense have tremendously suffered during this miserable stretch. The lack of effort on tackling and sacrificing your body is hardly ever seen anymore from this Jet defense. The noise of a big hit or from the crowd after the big hit is hardly heard now in days because the lack there of. The only team celebration is coming from the offense and it is getting down right depressing as a Jet fan to sit through it any further.

The aggravation Jets fans have must be nothing compared to the frustration the Jets players must have. Again, we witnessed yet another conservative game plan with very few adjustments that ninety nine percent of the time would have cost you this game. You know these guys know that opposing teams see them week in and week out in base fronts and coverage’s and chomp at the bit when watching film during the prep week. As one of my readers pointed out, “every quarter back we face we make them look like Joe Montana”.

Watching the bend but do not break approach (or catch and play two gap versus penetration) is like watching the Playboy channel versus the Spice Network. The Jet defense needs to Spice it up a little. If we learned anything from last year from the NY Giants was you need to get after the QB. Look at every good defense in the NFL right now (Titans, Steelers, Eagles, Carolina, NY Giants and Dallas of late etc) all of them know how to go after the QB.

The Jet players know how to get after the QB as well. It is putting them into positions to make plays is the problem right now. During the successful stretch of the season it was the defense and special teams that gave the offense good opportunities that resulted in victories. The Jets need to do the opposite of what they have been doing on defense and take more chances. Gamble more for higher risk / reward opportunities.

One thing is for certain, Mangini needs to replace the old boxing motivational movies with clips from the rodeo to show your tacklers that knock out punches do not work in football (tackling chest high) and taking out there legs will stop any runner no matter if it is a two ton Bull or 215 lb running back. Then maybe a class in Physics to show two masses of the same weight colliding together at the same speed. My point if you have not figured it out by now is Defense and tackling starts with ATTITUDE. I can only hope that the Jet defense found the excitement that will bring back that Attitude during the last two minutes and six seconds of the game on Sunday versus the Bills.

Some positive notes are MLB David Harris has been getting better after coming back from injury. Still at times he is rusty and the run support game has hurt as a result. Ty Law is another name to add to this scenario as well. His pursuit angles have cost the defense on yielding some big plays.

Players will get excited and come to play with emotion if they believe they will be put in position to make big plays. Pssst Mangini (in a whispering voice) Pssssttt Eric….shhhhh let us keep this a secret “FOOTBALL IS AN EMOTIONAL GAME”!!!!!!! If you wish to be cool, calm, and collective on the sidelines at least give your players some SPICE and let them take some chances as it is there bodies that have been through this grueling season not yours and your butt is outta here anyway if you do not make the playoffs. WHY NOT SPICE IT UP?

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4 Responses to “Time to Spice it up on D”

  1. Jeff Stoudtland says:

    Keep up the good work David

  2. Rob Bart says:

    I read that the defense had a players only meeting on Friday night and also got into a heated discussion during Saturday’s pre game meeting with coaches. It was said that it was about coverages and confusion. Per Mangini’s post game conference he does mentionteh pursuit angles need to get better by the DB’s and LB’s as well. Again you nailed it Big Daddy!!!

  3. They definitely need to play more complete games in all three phases more consitantly if they want to make it to the playoffs and go anywhere if they do get in. The defense does need to step it up a few notches and put pressure on opposing QB’s. http://sportstuffblog.blogspot.com

  4. Bill Strong says:

    Awesome read. Lets go Jets!!!

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