For today’s matchup between the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals, I spoke with Alan Schechter, editor of the Jet Press, and he offered some great insight on what we should expect to see today.
Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker DeMario Davis (56) and New York Jets linebacker Quinton Coples (98) sack Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
1. Talk about the Jets defense. How do they like to switch up their formations (4-3 to 3-4) and use there players (like Quinton Coples) in different roles in a single game?
AS: The name of the game with a Rex Ryan defense, when it is at its best, is confusion. This year, he finally has the front seven to do it. You mentioned Coples, he has been out played by many of his line mates. Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Kenrick Ellis have been unbelievable. I haven’t deciphered a pattern of how he switches it up.
He will go back and forth, stand guys up, put guys in the three technique, seemingly at will. And it has worked, as you can’t run on this team, and you can’t throw much either.