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Defending Brady and the Post-Moss Patriots

Posted by Eric Allen on November 30, 2010 – 9:25 am

Randy Moss has departed the rivalry, so it’s natural to wonder how the Jets will use the NFL’s top corner tandem on Monday night when they battle the Pats in Foxboro.

“Honestly, me and [Darrelle] Revis, we don’t care whoever we get,” said Antonio Cromartie, who leads the Jets with three interceptions. “We might get a darned tight end at the end of the day. For us it really doesn’t matter. We just have to go out there, take care of our job and do what we’re supposed to do, be aggressive with it and play at the high level that we both have been playing at.”

Wes Welker, who caught six passes for 38 yards and a TD in the Jets’ 28-14 win back in Week 2, leads the Pats with 65 catches and is tied for the team lead with six scoring receptions. He remains a dangerous intermediate threat. And after the Pats traded Moss to the Vikings, they moved quickly to add another receiver by reobtaining Deion Branch from Seattle.

“He is a good receiver,” said Revis of Branch, who has averaged 13.1 yards a catch on his 33 receptions in seven games with New England. “They bringing him back — the guy was a Super Bowl MVP for their team. I think he’s familiar with their offense and you see he’s making plays in that offense and Brady is looking for him to make plays.”

The Pats targeted Moss a team-high 10 times in the teams’ first meeting and he finished with just two receptions. He made a ridiculous one-handed 34-yard scoring catch on a play that sent Revis to the sideline for a couple of games with a sore hamstring, but No. 84 was absolutely stranded on Al-Cro-Traz Island in the second half.

Without Moss in the lineup, the Pats don’t take as many vertical shots with their receivers.

“It’s a little different. A lot of their stuff is based on underneath routes and they like to send their tight ends more vertical than they send their receivers,” Cromartie said. “It’s little things like that they changed up. Their outside guys run a lot of underneath routes. It’s something you look forward to and you want to be physical on the outside.”

The last time the Jets played at Gillette Stadium, a 31-14 loss in Week 11 last November, Welker set career highs with 15 receptions (also the mark for a Jets opponent) and 192 yards. It wouldn’t come as a shock if the Jets stick the 5’11, 198-pound Revis on the 5’9”, 185-pound Welker.

“His route just might be to run across the field, but he might make up his own route to get open. He’ll stem you up, juke you this way, option route that way and get open. It’s very tough,” said Revis. “We struggled with that early with teams attacking us inside. We do have to be aware of them trying to attack us on the inside again.”

Tom Brady is having another wonderful season, completing 66 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His two rookie tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, have combined for 61 receptions and nine touchdowns while former Jets back Danny Woodhead has pitched in with 25 catches.

“He is going to complete some passes,” said Cromartie. “Our biggest thing is to make sure we make the tackles that we need to make and make sure they don’t have many yards after the catch. We’ve been doing a great job of that the past few games and we have to continue that.”

The Jets will definitely mix up their coverage looks for Brady and you know that head coach Rex Ryan, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and DBs coach Dennis Thurman are in the laboratory right now.

“I think it’s big because Brady is real good at picking out coverages. With us disguising and showing different things, it will help out a lot,” Cromartie said. “We have to show some type of blitz and then drop off, drop off and then come. Our whole thing is just to be consistent throughout the week and then make sure we do it in the game also.”

The Patriots average a league-best 30 points a game, but they’ve been held to 18 points on average by the Jets since Ryan has taken over the coaching reins. And no matter how the Jets deploy Revis and Cromartie on Monday Night, there is reason for Jets Nation to be confident.

“I think we have favorable matchups on the outside. They have a great, speedy receiver and a crafty vet, but I think we match up against them well,” said WLB Bart Scott. “We’re going to expect those guys to do what they do, shut those guys down and allow us to play football on the inside.”

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29 Responses to “Defending Brady and the Post-Moss Patriots”

  1. By IRA on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    EA, Confident is the right word. The Jets as a team are better and if they play a COMPLETE game they win this. Looking forward to see what Rex and Pettine have come up with in their coaches lab for covering all the Pats weapons. Since the departure of Moss the Pats look more like the Pats from their SB days and this will be a big test for Rex and his team.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  2. By SuperPinkster on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I’m no coach, but I say put Revis on Welker and Cromartie on Branch. That should force Brady to take time to check down and chance taking a hit…or more likely throw it away. As far as Hernandez and Gronkowski, put a linebacker on top of them and have our safeties cover them over the top. I say dare the Pats to try to throw deep because our pass rush will put the hurt on Brady if he goes there.

  3. By 37 year fan on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Any chance we could get Jay Feeley back ?

  4. By scjoe on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think it is a given that DR will be on Welker quite a bit in this game. If he can take Welker away like he has done with most WRs he has faced that will go a long way toward winning. Thing is, I am not 100% sure that Welkers style of play (running the quick outs and the short crossing patterns etc.) is a good fit for Revis. When was the last time Revis had to cover a WR with those type skills? That is not saying, by any stretch, that Welker is a better WR then Johnson, Moss, TO, Ocho, etc. Just “different” If you lined Welker up outside and had him run the traditional deep and intermediate routes, I would take Revis every time, but you know that is not what we are going to see.

  5. By Tom Spicer on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    We had 11 days between games I hope Rex has had Revis working in the slot the whole time to get ready to cover Welker. Cromartie should cover Branch & put Coleman on the outside to cover Tate. Tate really only gets one deep pass per game to keep the D honest. I think we should keep a extra DB on the field at all times & dare them to run the ball. Our safteys are average at best. The problem is who is going to cover Gronowski, Hernandez & Woodhead?

  6. By scjoe on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    There are those “experts” who say it is not Welker making the system work, but the system making Welker what he is, and I agree to a point. Edelmen filled in pretty nice last year after Welker went down, you could probably plug Woodhead right in to that spot and get similar results, but in my eyes, those two guys are not Welker, they will lose a little with him not on the field. In the first game Welker was not targeted as much, Moss was, now there is no Moss so lets keep a very close eye on the Welker/Revis match up, it should be a classic.

  7. By Lance J on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Brady can throw his dink and dunk passes all night. Our defense will be able to slow down their running game. with many 3rd and long issues NE will have all evening – that sharply goes into the Jets favor as Cro and Revis will bottle up both Branch and Welker. The tight ends will not be able to get 15 yd pass plays all evening. Brady has that 3 second clock in his head as he does not want to get ht at all. LT and Greene need to control the ground game on offense and Sanchez will have plenty of shots to get Keller, Braylon and Holmes involved. this game will be a statement game for the entire country to see and will be a classic. similar to week 2 I see the Jets winning this game 27-17. Cant wait. Is it Monday yet!!!!

  8. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    If we don’t start scoring — TDs, not FGs — in the first quarter, it won’t mean a hill o’ beans who covers who. And that goes not only for this game but all the others from here on out, including the playoffs if we get there.

  9. By Gmany3k on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe we use a 3rd safety like the Giants say Brad Smith on a TE. they can’t out run him out jump him and if he INT’s it they can’t catch him.

  10. By KevinFan '65 on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Amen to that Tom…back to basics….run the ball…control the clock…hit those slants and screens…sustain drives…and TD’s. Have to start out right in the beginning playing smash mouth football. You know the defense will come out blazing….so our O-Line has to put the hurt on the Patsies ‘D’ right off the bat. Stop running LT inside…he’s an off tackle runner…let Greene smash their faces up the middle…and he always ‘pops’ one between guard and tackle. Want the Victory formation for last two minutes…Def NOT Brady with ball in that time span.

  11. By Ray on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Great point scjoe, I’m not sure DR on Welker is a good matchup for us either. I don’t know if DR is equipped to handle the quick shifty guys. I think either way Welker has to be doubled.

  12. By nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I sense that the players have really had this particular game in the back of thier minds for maybe the last 3 weeks or so, possibly being the reason for the lack of focus and lackluster play at times,I do believe that everyone is 100% focused and pumped to prove themselves in this one.Were not playing the 07 Pats or some of their teams from 5 &6 yrs ago,I think a complete game from all phases and we can run them out of their house,wishful thinking since we’ve yet to do just that,but for the 1st time in a long time we belong on this stage and its not considered an upset if we win,if Bart is saying its time to shut up and play ,then they are definetly focused and seem poised to show the world we are for real!!go show us

  13. By Tom Spicer on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    We have to establish the run in this game for a number of reasons first we need to control the clock & keep the ball out of the hands of Brady. Second we have to keep or 3rd downs managable were we have the option to run or pass & keep Mark out of 3rd & longs & the crowd out of the game. We need to run the ball at least 35 times 20 to Greene & 15 to LT & pound these guys just like the Browns did.

  14. By Mike Jet Vet on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    scjoe very insightfull point about welker pertaining to Paties and little bills system and your right on might I add, it doesn’t matter who it may be welker Edelman Hernendez now Woodhead and Branch one go’s down even 2 others just step right in and don’t miss a beat its how the system is designed as a result 3 SB’s in a decade pretty amazing ..That said theieres a new sheriff in town go’s by the name of Rex and the mean green machine coming to a town and it ain’ gonna be pretty GO-JETS

  15. By 37 year fan on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I am confident in a Jets Victory Monday …..50,000 haters up there , will fall silent ….. We’re better on the road ….

  16. By Vulcan-Man on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    This game is all about stamina. Everyone on that field will be flying around 100 mph at the beginning of the game, but who will be imposing their will in the 4th quarter? I believe the hits on Brady need to come early, often, and hard for us to win this game. Harris, Pace, Pryce, Scott, and last but not least the Big Cat Shawn Ellis need to rack up the hits in the backfield so that Brady has zero comfort in that pocket. Bring the pain boys!!!

  17. By GaryC on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    too bad revis skipped training camp. we might of had a good idea if he could cover welker, if he had a chance of covering woodhead or taylor in the slot during training camp.those reps might of told us if he could handle the small quick guys.

  18. By Arte Old School on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I was at the game when we crushed them in the 2nd half 23-ZIP!! That was without a healthy Revis, a suspended Holmes, an injured Pace, new players on this team like Cro and Wilson.. We still pummeled them.. Yes the NMS was rocking but the bottom line was and is making plays, controlling the clock and playing a COMPLETE GAME.. We are making history this year and it is OUR TIME NOW folks!! This type of game brings out the best in the boy.. Watch Mark Sanchez outplay Brady for the third time out of four.. Last year’s game in Foxboro was an aberration, as in a learning experience, as in ain’t gonna happen this Monday.. Can’t wait to see how all of this unfolds.. All I know is… See you in Dallas :-)

  19. By Brian on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    The Pats have a system that makes looking at film on that often meaningless. There is no way Belichek will allow his team to have any predictable patterns that can be studies in the week prior to a game of this magnitude. He is simply too brilliant and unwilling to give his opponent that kind of an edge. If the Jets are to beat the Pats, it will be that there athletes are simply better from position to position; it will not be because of game plan tactics- the edge on that will be for the Patriots. Belichek has not and will continue to avoid sleep until he devises the ultimate game plan to beat the Jets. I see the Pats beating the Jets pretty convincingly in this statement game.

  20. By scjoe on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    MJV/Ray, although any of those small, quick, annoying :-) Pats receivers can step in to that spot, no one does it better then Welker. Maybe because he has been doing it much longer, maybe because he is a little quicker, and a little better overall receiver then the others, maybe a little of both, but make no mistake, as you said MJV, little Bills system works real well when he has the right people within it. It may take a little while longer before Rex gets all the type players he wants in his system, but when he does, watch out!

  21. By nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Watching different games from the season from multiple teams I have on the DVR, I just watched one where Baltimore had Boldin in the slot,and they ran 3 to 4 Play action fakes and had him get inside the corner and up the seam ,(kinda like what we did opening play Vs Minnesota with Braylon there is a mismatch there with Edwards this week there as well ,Arrington kid will be on him and he’s a small guy ,we need to use this formation especially in the red zone where teams seem to be chasing Keller around ,its there for the taking ,use both BE and Holmes in the slot create mismatches show a different look we wont be stopped

  22. By Paul on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Jets need a legitimate pass rusher on this team to consider themselves contenders. Our “D” front even with additional help from Rex’s blitzes have failed to get to opposing quarterbacks. If the Jets can’t find that pressure on Tom Brady, it won’t make a difference who covers whom in the secondary. Give Tom Brady time to see the field and he’ll pick you apart all night long. Our running game needs to step it up, control the clock and most of all score TD’s! Mark Sanchez can’t out gun Brady, so Jets need to jump out early and play 4 quarters of football! No last minute heroics from Sanchez this week! Jets need 100% from everyone on every play. Here’s hoping for a win! Reality I think NE 28 Jets 17.

  23. By TONY GARCIA on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    i agree with everyone run the ball score td’s play tough defense.hit brady every chance you get.game means a’lot but its not our season must keep that in perspective.

  24. By Frank Trovato on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Jets need to:
    1. Run the ball
    2. Control the clock
    3. Protect the ball
    4. hit the QB
    5. Disguise defensive fronts
    6. Play superbly on special teams.

  25. By davetharave on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    It wouldn’t be a surprise if Revis guards Welker ? I tell you what, it had better be Revis on Welker. Cromartie cannot stay with the little guys . . Welker ran him in circles in the first game in NJ until he was switched to Moss because of Revis’ hamstring. Cromartie HAS to guard Branch, the bigger guy. Welker is the most dangerous receiver they have because he keeps making first downs and keeping drives alive (sound like an ex-Jet with initials WC ?) same kind of guy. If Revis can do a number on Welker it will really help our chances of winning the game. That, IMO, is THE key matchup in this game.

  26. By coat on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    we need to cover welker tight he’s deffinately gonna want to do something big in this game to atone for coming unglued after smith creamed him last game and they want to put the ball in his hands I say we send digs in to hit him a few times with some of those nasty hits he can lay on a guy and get welker out of his game early— smash mouth baby

  27. By JP on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    as much as I love our safties… they are run stuffing safties. I’m not worried about Branch, Welker or Tate.. I’m worried about those tight-ends and dare I say it… Woodhead.

  28. By NJJetsfan on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    It would be something if they put Darrelle in the middle of the field on a couple of plays to catch all those receivers that come into the area late in the play (3-4 secs.). The TEs streak down the seam after a WR clears out the S; Welker works across the field shallow or intermediate. Tom will be looking to get rid of the ball quick, and their offense moves defenders out of the middle very well. That’s what the Jets stopped in the first game. They gave up some completions, but no YAC. The Patriots use passes for short gains, and 5-6 yds/catch will move the ball downfield nicely. The Jets know this, and they may be ready to show how the right team can beat the Patriots consistently with pressure on Tom and sticky coverage.

  29. By nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    I do think we’ll see alot that as well Charliejet, Rex is going to have the D line standing up and moving around like cleveland did ,this does cause for alot of traffic in the passing lanes for those short crossing patterns Ne loves to run ,we have to find a way to overload the blitz up the middle and get someone breaking through in Brady’s face and force him to slide laterally instead of stepping up in pocket alot like we did in the home game in 09 his potency goes down considerably if you make him have to throw on the run by forcing out of the pocket ,hopefully we can get this accomplished!!

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