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EA: Defense Wants to Rattle Warner’s Cage

Posted by Eric Allen on September 27, 2008 – 6:18 pm

The Jets are faced with a defensive “dilemma” Sunday.

They would like to pressure Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner as much as possible, but they don’t want to provide too much space for Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald to roam.

“You’re going to live that on both sides of that sword,” said defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

If Warner passes for 248 yards against the Jets, he’ll reach the 25,000 mark for his career. He’s completed 64.3 percent of his passes this season with six touchdowns and just one interception.

“You’d definitely like a lot of pressure because I think Kurt is a very accurate quarterback, he’s seen a lot things and he’s played a lot of games and broken a lot of huddles,” Sutton said. “You’re not going to shock him with too many things. You do have to try to make him uncomfortable.”

Through three games, Warner has been sacked seven times and the Jets have eight sacks. While sacks are always welcome, it’s important the Green & White hit the veteran passer on his dropbacks.

“He gets hit, but I guess he keeps getting back up,” defensive end Shaun Ellis told me yesterday as we stopped for a brief chat on a staircase in the Atlantic Health Training Center. “You just can’t get one hit and then go seven plays and not get a hit again. Every third play, you have to get a hit.”

If Kris Jenkins (back) is able to return Sunday at close to full strength, he has the ability to ruin Cards center Lyle Sendlein’s afternoon. A former undrafted free agent, Sendlein (6’4”, 300) has started five career games and likely has never seen a player of Jenkins’ caliber.

Ask any quarterback and he’ll tell you he hates the push up the middle. The Jets can blitz, but Sutton would love to get pressure from the base and periodically change the landscape for Warner.

“It’s just making him not sure of what’s going on — either from a coverage standpoint or just getting pressure on him in the pocket — so he’s not comfortable there,” he said.

But when the Jets blitz, they have to get to Warner. Neither Boldin nor Fitzgerald are burners, but don’t misinterpret that for a lack of big-play potential. If the accurate Warner has time to survey, set his feet and deliver, the Cards’ receivers will make it happen.

“They’re talented in all of the ways you think — from speed and catching ability. But they’re also talented in the sense that they’re physical guys,” Sutton said of the prolific pair. “They can go up and get the ball. They can take the ball away from you in some of those singled-up blitz situations.”

Warner might be 37 years old, but he still can pull that trigger. He’s a relatively stationary target in the pocket, but he can wait and unload at the last possible moment.

"I think the reason he will hold onto the ball is he has a quick release," Ellis said. "He can hold it to the last second and get rid of it real quick.”

Known for fumble troubles in the past, Warner has yet to put the ball on the ground this season and he’s had just that one pick. Conversely, the Jets have just two takeaways and a good performance from their defensive unit would go a long way toward reaching 2-2.

"We’ve had a good week of practice. From their standpoint, I give the players a lot of credit," Sutton said. "Their attention and their ability to drill down and really get into the game plan right away I think has been really good. We’re anticipating being in good position."

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17 Responses to “EA: Defense Wants to Rattle Warner’s Cage”

  1. By carl on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Wait ,let me get this right ,you stopped for chit- chat w/the Big Cat(Shaun), Thats so cool!!!!You guys gonna sneek me in or what?I’ll be good I promise!

  2. By Ira on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Good story and your right they can’t let Warner get comfortable in the pocket. He has limited mobility and the front 7 should be able to get to him without exposing the CB’s man on man to their talented WR’s. They could be the best pair in the NFL right now. And lets not forget about stopping James. Just a hunch Jets get 2 picks and 4 sacks tomorrow. GO JETS!!!!

  3. By Moshe on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    No matter how good your pass coverage is, in most cases, especially with wide receivers of Fitzgerald and Boldin’s caliber, the quarterback is going to complete the pass if he has time to throw. Pressure will be the key on defense this Sunday. Eric/Randy: I know Favre is listed as questionable, but is there more of a chance of him playing/starting, or sitting out?

  4. By Xavion on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    I think the Jets should bring nonstop pressure all day. I have faith in Revis to cover 1on 1, Leave 1 saftey deep have the other, watch for 3rd wr or te in middle of field thats where we get burned have a lb play cover mid when slot wr is in. tired of seeing drew get beat. hopefully poteat takes his place. I say use plays w/gholston thomas & pace up front or even Kj in there like Giants

  5. By Xavion on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    We have to get the best talent on the field on O & D. We cant afford to not. Warner isnt going to make plays with his feet and if we can hit him good chance we can get it out. I mis J abraham he is the strip sack king randy I know this may be a tall order but anyway you have the stats of stripsack/sack ratios and who the players are at the top of that list?

  6. By Eric Allen on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Moshe, this is Randy. “Questionable” technically means there is a 50-50 chance a player will play in an upcoming game. Coach Mangini said he expects Brett Favre will be able to play and start Sunday, but there remains a chance he won’t.

  7. By Eric Allen on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Xavion, this is Randy. I could come up with an unofficial list of the NFL’s best strip-sackers of the last decade, but I don’t have that information organized. Perhaps this can be one of my off-season projects.

  8. By Ray on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Ira, I like your hunch, hope we can get that kind of pressure on Warner. He will give up the ball if we make him uncomfortable back there. We need Jenkins in this game.

  9. By CFU on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    We need to put preasure on Warner and have faith in our DB’s last week was just bad game. Jenkins needs to play and get Ghoulston in there to make plays. Glad Poteat is back maybe switch him up with Barret in safty position. Not only the players need to play and do well the coaches better make sense this week and play to win. Hope everything goes well for Jets this week and go into bye 2-2.Jets#1

  10. By TJMGold on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Does the overall summary of these posts ever reach Mangini’s ear? I mean, he needs to know these things. ie putting pressure on Warner all game long, resulting in numerous sacks. If I don’t see a single sack like in the SD game, I’m gonna be a little on the FRUSTRATED side.

  11. By Jesse Vile on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    I have no faith in lowery he could be there but he isnt just yet, I have no idea why poteat isnt in there. is miller isnt ready that is

  12. By Anthony on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    I think for our defense to be the best, we would need to put E. Smith on the bench and start A. Elam or D. Barrett. Smith has not proven his worth in coverage and constantly misses tackles. Elam hits hard and is average at coverage, I would really like to see him starting again.

  13. By Tom Spicer on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    This is a must win game for the Jets everyone on the board seems calm but the fact of the matter is the Bills will beat the garbage Rams today & be 4 & 0 we can not afford to go 1 & 3 & be 3 games out of 1st this early in the season THIS IS A MUST WIN GAME !

  14. By mike ex jet fan on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    I will say this fans ..only good coming from starting slow early is this…If this team truly has the talent which i know does ,There’s time 2 fix it mangini needs to coach against the grain be unorthodox show new looks …… we do that stop giving up so many passing yards… rush the passer .. win this game .. season starts after the bye … u start fast & the target is on your back

  15. By Joe Wille on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    Imagine a 4-3 Jet front 7 including Abraham (now league sack leader), Jenkins, Robertson, Gholston, Vilma, Pace, Harris. Or do you prefer the way it is now. Mangini’s inability to coach more than one system has caused us to squander a ton of already invested time, money and talent. Third year in, he’s out of excuses. If they lose today, there no hope for this franchise as it is presently run.

  16. By mike ex jet fan on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    Bout time…. like I said if mangini coaches against the grain with unorthodox play calling…… we will win … OK 4 all u brett favre critics how u like him now like I said again once the players get on his page he will prove u wrong…. next PLEASE PLEASE FIRE SUTTON NOW …Any other day we lose the game with his prevent try not 2 lose the game play calling ….Thx brett

  17. By GMARZ on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Sutton needs to get a clue on how to run a defense the defense was playing not to lose like going in to a prevent D , prevent the win like they always have done in there past !!!! we knew that the cards were going to throw it all over the place so pin the ears back and get the qback

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