Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Dolphins.
Welcome to BGA! With Black Monday looming, we’re going to bring you an abridged version of BGA this week with part one looking at the offense last night and part two reviewing the defense and special teams below. There will be one last BGA Extra later in the week though, so please share your questions or requests in the comments section or via e-mail or twitter and I’ll go into more detail where desired.
While I’ve enjoyed covering Rex Ryan’s defense over the last few years, it’s not like that’ll be the last we see of his defensive schemes. These days, schemes pioneered and/or popularized by Ryan’s defenses permeate playbooks all around the league. There’s even a good chance that his eventual replacement will run a defense that has similar aspects.
I will miss breaking down the defense each week though. It was sometimes impenetrable and at others frustratingly exploitable, but always interesting. Whether Rex was throwing out some kind of wrinkle I’d never seen from him before, mixing up personnel groupings with multiple substitutions or just figuring out the best way to overcome a team’s weakness in a crisis, I was always fascinated by how he would approach things. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.
If this is the last time I get to break down Ryan’s defense, it was good to end on a high, although this was far from a flawless display…
Welcome to BGA! With Black Monday looming, we’re going to bring you an abridged version of BGA this week with part one looking at the offense tonight and part two reviewing the defense and special teams first thing tomorrow. There will be one last BGA Extra later in the week though, so please share your questions or requests in the comments section or via e-mail or twitter and I’ll go into more detail where desired. First though, some thoughts on Rex Ryan…
It was in a hallway downstairs in the underbelly of Giants Stadium where I met Rex Ryan. Our “meeting” lasted just a few seconds but has resonated with me ever since.
Ryan’s Jets had just lost a game they dominated to Chad Henne’s Miami Dolphins primarily because of three second half touchdown returns by Miami’s defense and special teams. I was on my way from the press room back to the locker room where I figured I’d have more chance of getting some postgame insights from some of the players as the locker room had mostly emptied with everyone heading into the press room to listen to Bart Scott. Rex was on his way to prepare for his own presser, where he would later declare that the Jets would need to “come out with their hair on fire” the rest of the way if they were to make the postseason.
Players and coaches with scheduled pressers are off-limits after games, so I knew I couldn’t say anything to Rex. I wouldn’t have wanted to anyway, as you could see the exasperation in his face and the weight on his shoulders affecting his gait, as he strode purposely towards me. This was the larger-than-life, pre-weight loss, pre-bruised ego version of Rex, wearing a blue Titans of New York hoodie and a matching white baseball cap. Our eyes met…
During the season, Bent’s Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets’ upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday…
The Jets and Dolphins have each suffered through frustrating seasons this year. While the Jets underperformed expectations on their way to a 3-12 start, the Dolphins actually looked like a potential playoff team for most of the year, only to fall off down the stretch. They were mathematically eliminated last week, removing any remnants of sizzle from the match-up. While the Jets and Dolphins have had some epic encounters in the past, this promises to be a somewhat flat affair, with most of the focus likely on what happens once it’s over.
After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for. To read more of this story, click here
Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Patriots. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.
That was this week’s game and it will be one which is soon forgotten as this franchise looks set to move ahead with wide-scale changes.
So rather than dwell too much on a narrow defeat for the Jets, I would instead like to extend festive greetings and well wishes to all TJB readers and your families and to thank you for your support throughout the season.
There are links to each BGA article or the option to read the offensive and/or defensive BGA in full after the jump.
It’s been another disappointing year for the Jets’ special teams unit. Coach Thomas McGaughey hasn’t had the desired impact and is already talking about his next role.
There were more breakdowns yesterday, including the vital blocked field goal which prevented the Jets from taking the lead with five minutes left. On that play (which, as I’ve already discussed could have been a Patriots penalty), Vince Wilfork shot the gap between Tanner Purdum and Damon Harrison to get a hand up and deflect the kick.