As the Jets prepare to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game many Jet fans are wrongfully calling a season saver, we are back with another edition of a Ryan Fitzpatrick staple: the Turn On The Jets Pick Six where we answer your six questions chosen from Twitter. The Jets face a Steelers team they’ve only beaten once in their history. Let’s dive right into it.
1. if Jets were to draft or sign a player similar to Chandler Jones would you play him at 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB?- @Zingerfor3
Draft questions in October? That’s how you know the season hasn’t gone as planned. Two parts to this: first, the Jets dropped the ball asking Lorenzo Mauldin to gain weight this pass offseason, as it has now robbed him of the speed he displayed last year off the edge. Adding a player like Jones, barring some ridiculous request to gain weight, would take the Jets defense to a whole other level as he would force the QB to step up as the Jets DL collapses the pocket. The second part is that the Jets don’t really run a 4-3 as their base anymore. They’ve run more 4-2-5 looks with Darron Lee and either David Harris or Jordan Jenkins as the two linebackers. You’d be taking Jenkins off the field in the 4-2-5 looks in favor of Jones. In more traditional 4-3 looks, a trip of Jenkins/Lee/Jones is athletic and playing Jones as an OLB in the 4-3 works. A draft guy to watch to fit that mold is Ejuan Price of Pitt, who last year had 11.5 sacks.
2. Could we expect a heavy run attack plan if what Chan says about going back to basics is accurate?- @SpottyBlackman
The Jets have thrown the ball 154 times this year (38.5/game) and have ran it 108 times (27/game). In the two games they won/should’ve won, the ratio was much closer to 50/50 than in the 2 games they played poorly in. They need the running game to limit Fitzpatrick’s opportunities to hurt you and to keep defenses honest. In this particular game, they’re going to need the running game to keep the best offensive trio in the NFL off the field and limit their opportunities. The Jets need long drives that will benefit their defense. If you have the chance to get 3 points, take it. Don’t be afraid to lean on the running game in the red zone. I think you’re going to see a lot of Matt Forte, but an even heavier dose of Bilal Powell. Yes, big day for the running backs today against a Steelers defense that is allowing a healthy 4 yards a carry on the ground.
3. Who will be the biggest factor in (possibly) stopping Big Ben this Sunday? #PickSix- @BullJet
The biggest factor to make things difficult for Big Ben has to be Muhammed Wilkerson. The Steelers are banged up on the offensive line, and Wilkerson needs to play like a monster on the line. The Jets need him, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams, and Steve McClendon to dominate up front because I’m guessing Todd Bowles will flood the field with DBs and trust his DL to get to the QB. Ben is a hard enough QB to bring down, but you want to get pressure on him and get your hands up to bat down some balls. It starts with Wilkerson, who has been outplayed by Leonard Williams so far this season.
4. Are you still as optimistic for the season as you were prior to week 1?- @jesengsted
Yes, absolutely. I think we all figured it’d be a tough go in the first quarter, but there’s still 12 games left. I think the Jets offense matches up a little better against Pittsburgh’s defense than they did against Kansas City or Seattle, and there will be plays to be had for Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (another Jenkins, sheesh!). It comes down to the QB, as it is with every team. If he doesn’t throw 9 INTs, the Jets are probably 3-1 with their only loss being to Seattle (the Jets couldn’t stop Russell Wilson). I still think the Jets can make a season out of this, and I trust Bowles to turn it around. I have faith in the team and the coaching staff.
5. does ASJ play Sunday?- @RoryMcEwan83
This was a question we got last week that we didn’t get to, so I’ll answer it this week and expand a bit further. Yes, all indications are that Austin Sefarian-Jenkins the 4th of his name (following in the steps of Kris, Jarvis, and Jordan) will suit up today against Pittsburgh. I think he will get a lot more action than people expect as he can eat across the middle especially with Eric Decker out. He is a big target, and Fitzpatrick would be wise to target him frequently as the Steelers have had a hard time defending the middle of the field.
I think the Jets get a signature win 24-16 and defeat my pick to go to the Super Bowl before the season. I think the Jets find a way to limit Antonio Brown, and that Bilal Powell has himself a career day. I, also, think this might be the game we get Geno Smith replacing Fitzpatrick. I predict the Jets to leave Pittsburgh 2-3 heading into a winnable game next week against the Cardinals.
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