Cromartie joined NFL AM today, and talked about what it’s been like to adjust after Darrelle Revis’ injury and how the defense can get better. Also, Cromartie was asked about how the Jets are approaching rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
“I just think he’s a guy who can extend a play,” Cromartie told NFL Network. ”When you have a quarterback who can extend the play and get outside the pocket and make plays with his legs and his arms, it’s kind of hard to defend.”
“The biggest thing for us is to try and keep him in the pocket,” Cromartie said, “make him make throws that he can’t see over [the offensive line].”
So far, Pete Carroll has done a good job of getting Wilson rolling out on designed boots and scrambles, and it’s make the Seahawks passing game harder to defend. The Jets have had trouble with their aging edge-setting linebackers Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas and the Jets are going to be tested in trying to keep Wilson contained. Guys like newly activated Ricky Sapp or Marcus Dowtin might be well equipped to help the Jets figure out a way to stop Wilson in the passing game. The young linebackers might be better suited to be used in pursuit or containment against an agile young player like Russell Wilson.
We’ll see how the Jets utilize their players Sunday, but Cromartie is exactly right. The Jets are going to have to contain Wilson on the edges and pressure him right up the middle to get him off his game.