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Jets CB assignments Sunday might surprise you

Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:36 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s always interesting to see which wide receiver the Jets choose to put Darrelle Revis on. Speculation has been that the shutdown corner will shadow Pittsburgh’s sensational big-play wideout Mike Wallace this Sunday. Thanks to DeSean Jackson-like speed and quickness, the lanky second-year receiver accumulated 1,257 yards on just 60 receptions this season (21 yards per catch). Wallace also led the Steelers with 10 receiving touchdowns.

Rex Ryan has not said what the Jets will do with Revis Sunday. (See! It IS possible for Ryan toA. Cromartie (US Presswire) keep his mouth shut!) But Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that New York will have Revis defend Hines Ward. Antonio Cromartie would then handle Wallace.

The thinking behind this likely centers around Cromartie’s skill set. At 6’2”, Cromartie has the length to match the long-armed, long-striding Wallace. Cromartie also has excellent north/south speed. At the same time, because Cromartie is very poor in his mechanics and unwilling to be physical, he would be an exceptionally bad matchup on Ward.

Having Cromartie on Wallace and Revis on Ward is actually what the Jets did when they traveled to Pittsburgh in Week 15. In that game Wallace caught seven balls for 102 yards, but his longest reception went for just 23. Ward was held to two catches (34 yards) on just three targets.

La Canfora also makes an excellent point about the rest of the Jets’ coverage tactics for Sunday. “The Jets typically use a full dose of man coverage,” he writes. “But the deep threat presented by Wallace, along with wideouts Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, could lead to the team employing a safety over the top against the Steelers, based on down and distance.”

As logical as all this analysis is, it’s possible the Jets could come out and surprise people by putting Revis on Wallace. Or, they could move Revis around throughout the game (a tactic they used against Donald Driver and Greg Jennings when Green Bay came to town earlier this season). A changeup is possible because, at the end of the day, simple common sense says Revis is New York’s best player and Wallace is Pittsburgh’s most dangerous weapon.

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Since: Jan 22, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:07 am
 

Jets CB assignments Sunday might surprise you

A good Steeler strategy would be to put one of the two speedy Steeler rookie receivers on the outside along with Wallace and have Ward work the middle along with Miller. Then let the outside receivers take Cromartie and Revis deep, Big Ben can throw underneath. Then either Ward or Miller, two of the best blockers ever at their position, can belt Cromarite and Revis when they come back to tackle the underneath receiver. Do that a few times and then Big Ben can do a patented pump to fake out those two cornerbacks and burn em. It's going to be a Steeler day. I'm very impressed with the Jets, but Sanchez will go in the tank. If he overthrows four or five passes like he's been doing, the Steelers will intercept one or two of them. He'll be rattled and done for the day. Such is life for a second year wanna be against one of the great pressuring defenses.




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