The New York Jets weekly passing game breakdown is back at Turn On The Jets (last week’s is linked here). It has been a beautiful thing to watch the Jets distance themselves from the Marty Mornhinweg era as the offense turned out another productive afternoon en route to a 34-20 victory over the Washington Redskins. Feel free to leave questions below or send them over on Twitter. On to the #TAPE…
The Game Plan: Similar to previous successful game plans, the Jets leaned heavily on Chris Ivory (20 carries, 146 yards) and their rushing attack introducing a new wrinkle with a toss/iso concept that gashed the Redskins front seven. The running backs remained integrated into the passing attack as well, combining for 6 receptions on 6 targets. Ivory, Zac Stacy and Bilal Powell combined for 43 total touches for 255 yards.
When throwing the ball, Ryan Fitzpatrick leaned on basic concepts and a consistent funneling of the ball to his top two targets, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. If it wasn’t for a fumble apiece from each of them this game would have been even more of a laugher. Marshall and Decker combined for 11 receptions on 16 targets, with no other receivers receiving a target and only tight end/H-Back Quincy Enunwa being slightly involved with 2 receptions on 3 targets.
The Quarterback: Fitzpatrick played his best game of the season, finishing 19/26 for 253 yards with 2 touchdowns passing, 1 rushing and 1 interception (continuing his streak of at least one turnover in every game). For the second week in a row he went over 30 yards rushing and led an efficient, productive red zone attack. On the season Fitzpatrick now has a 62.6 completion percentage, 1,177 yards passing, 9 TDs and 7 INTs, along with 6.88 yards per attempt (22nd in NFL). Fitzpatrick was firmly above the SANCHIZE LINE, continuing to allow the Jets defense and rushing attack to carry them to victories. No #JRFitz GIF this week because the face Fitz is making here is more than enough entertainment.
Fitzpatrick’s lone turnover again came when trying to push the ball outside the numbers and from forcing the ball to a covered Brandon Marshall. This pass is so off target and has such a law trajectory in front of Marshall that even he isn’t enough of a freak to make the play (as he was able to do later in the game for his touchdown on a pass that had more air under it and was slightly better placed).
He made one of his prettiest throws of the season by going right back to Eric Decker after he fumbled his first reception. The Jets have just a few missed times on this slot corner route but here Fitzpatrick drops in a beauty to Decker on a play that set up the Jets first touchdown.
Fitzpatrick has used his legs to scramble for timely first downs but he has also showed a consistent ability to get rid of the ball quickly and use his legs to move up or around the pocket to create throwing lanes. Below, he steps up in the pocket to find Marshall on a deep curl route and delivers an accurate throw.
The Receivers: Brandon Marshall’s fourth straight 100 yard game came from him continuing to do what he’s done best since coming to New York, dominating with his physicality outside the numbers. However, Chan Gailey was clever here to have him break out the jerk route from the slot position, considering the number of slant routes he has had success on so far.
Meanwhile, despite a drop and fumble, Eric Decker continued to produce from the slot. Below, he showed good patience working underneath Quincy Enunwa’s vertical route. Enunwa was used primarily to block from the H-Back position and to help clear out space for Marshall and Decker underneath. I’d expect Kellen Davis and Jeff Cumberland to chip in on his blocking assignments with Cumberland getting a few chances in the passing game as well.
In the red-zone, notice how Fitzpatrick checks the play once he sees Decker matched up with single coverage on Bashaud Breeland. Decker easily beats him inside for another touchdown on a slant cut.
Rookie Devin Smith had a limited role this game, primarily functioning as a decoy and clearing out with vertical routes from the split end position. He also did occasionally line up inside to help clear space for Decker/Marshall but was not targeted and was rarely a potential primary target on the designed pass plays.
I don’t expect Enunwa’s suspension to have a major impact on Jeremy Kerley’s role in the offense, considering they play different positions.