TOJ #PickSix – Jets vs. Colts Twitter Q&A Preview

Dalbin Osorio with a TOJ Pick Six answering your Twitter questions and previewing Jets vs Colts

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?

I think that’s exactly what they do. Greg Manusky’s defense is currently 27th against the run, and 5th against the pass. It’s a defense that got gashed for 147 yards last week on 36 attempts. The Jets OL is better than Buffalo’s and with no Art Jones, they should dominate up front.

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?

I think this would be a game where Jeremy Kerley would be productive because of the Colts personnel in the secondary after Vontae Davis. Chris Owusu is the obvious candidate, because he’ll be matched up against whoever starts in place of Greg Toler. Decker should get tons of targets, but Owusu is going to be the candidate for me because of his ability to stretch the field against a suspect secondary.

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?

Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen versus Calvin Pryor and Marcus Gilchrist is going to go a long way towards determining who wins this game. With TY Hilton active, Revis gets him. Buster Skrine will most likely draw Andre Johnson early often with Marcus Williams and Dexter McDougle getting Dorsett and Moncrief. If the Jets choose to deploy Pryor closer to the line of scrimmage then Demario Davis on Allen becomes the match-up to watch. In 2013, Gilchrist held Fleener to 3 catches for 13 yards and so I expect a repeat of that. Allen versus Pryor has the potential to get ugly just because Pryor is too small to defend Allen one on one, so expect Davis on Allen early and often. The Jets don’t have to worry about covering RBs in this game, but the TEs (namely Allen) should have an advantage against the LBs.

6. What is Andrew lucks biggest weakness and how can Bowles exploit it?
– @jesengsted

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.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.