Welcome to another edition of #PickSix, and as we enter week 2 of the season there is a golden opportunity for the New York Jets as they face off against a fracturing Colts team. Let’s return to your Twitter questions for this week’s #PickSix as the Jets try to go to 2-0…
1. Can Todd Bowles and Chan Gailey have a team specific game plan to run the ball and control the clock? Throw selectively?
2. Which line for the Jets has a better chance to dominate the Colts’ line. Defense or offense?
I actually think the Jets OL has the better chance to dominate. Costanzo and Herremans are talented and the Jets don’t have the DL talent that the Bills have. However, Mangold and the boys up front should dominate a terrible defensive line that yielded 4 yards per carry. Where the Colts OL should struggle is when the Jets go to a 4-2-5 look or a 3-3-5 look and they can’t confirm where the extra rusher is coming from pre-snap, but from the get go the Jets OL should dominate.
3. Marshall is going to get blanketed, Decker is #2, who needs to step up in order for Fitzy to be successful in pass game?
4. Have to imagine IND combats NYJ blitz with tons of quick passes. What does NYJ need to do to counter this kind of attack?
The Jets will have to play tight man to man all across so that they’re closer to the line of scrimmage and able to react quicker to the quick passes. Another underrated part of the Jets DL is their ability and willingness to bat balls down, and that will be a way to counter the quick throws. The best way to counter this attack, however, will start and end with Mo Wilkerson. Bowles lining him up at the three technique and letting him try to collapse the pocket against Herremans will clog passing lanes for Luck and make things generally uncomfortable all day long. This is how they combat the expected quick passes.
5. Will Colts be able to consistently exploit/force our LB’s into coverage situations?
6. What is Andrew lucks biggest weakness and how can Bowles exploit it?
Luck’s biggest weakness is his carelessness with the football. He’s got a career interception rate of 4.7% and he has 29 career fumbles: by comparison, Mark Sanchez (the poster boy for turnovers amongst QBs) had an interception rate of 3.6% and had 14 more fumbles than Luck did in just 13 more games. Yes, that means Luck is on a much higher turnover pace than Mark Sanchez. The way Bowles exploits this is by asking his DL and LBs to constantly go for strips on Luck. Swat down from behind when you beat the tackles around the edges, and aim for the ball when he scrambles. This will cause turnovers that should give the Jets shorter fields to work with. If Bowles is smart, and I think he is, he emphasized causing turnovers and winning the turnover battle in general. Luck is a top 5 QB in this league, but the Jets have the defense to make his life miserable.