After a rough showing last week against the Bills, the Jets offensive line is going to have to be better against one of the most respected front sevens in the league tomorrow in Baltimore. The Post writes that Rex Ryan made a point of it in the Friday presser.
“Certainly, we got beat on one-on-one battles more than anything, that was the key [in Buffalo],” coach Rex Ryan said. “So, every guy has to step up and has to get better individually. Then, collectively, we missed a couple of calls, slide protection calls or whatever. But the mental part, I have no question we’ll improve in that area.
“The physical part, the one-on-one matchups have to get better, and they’ve been better. Some of our guys have been absolutely terrific all season, and then laid an egg last week. I think we’ll rebound from it, and we have to against the type of rushers [Baltimore has].’’
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comNgata has been sidelined much of the week but was finally was on the practice field yesterday, so expect him to play. Brian Winters might be gaining confidence and might be a solid starter over the long-term, but right now he’s barely treading water.
With Arthur Jones and Haloti Ngata on the interior, it’s hard to imagine that they won’t again get the best of Winters. The Jets are going to have to provide protection help for Winters, whether that means extra tight ends to help Brick work the interior or putting Bilal Powell or the team’s fullbacks / tight ends in the H-back spot more for interior pass protection.