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Blitz game expected from Jets

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    January 14, 2010

    The New York Jets blitzed on 297 passing plays during the regular season, second-most in the league.
    And they don’t do it just to do it. They were extremely successful when doing so. Opposing quarterbacks had a league-low 53.8 passer rating against the Jets’ blitz.
    “It’s as good a blitz package and scheme as we’ve faced this year,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. “We got a heavy dose of it when we faced Baltimore. Philadelphia presented some challenges, and this group does a lot of different things that we have to be ready for.”
    The Chargers do some things the Jets will need to be ready for as well.
    Even with a patchwork offensive line, Rivers threw for 436 yards in the season’s second game against Baltimore. In November, his success against the blitz essentially made the Philadelphia Eagles abandon going after him for much of the game.
    Rivers had a 103.7 passer rating when blitzed this season, third-highest among those blitzed more than 150 times.
    “Philip sees things awfully quick and he does get the ball out,” head coach Norv Turner said. “When you’re confident and good you look forward to the blitz, because it creates not only one-on-ones but … it creates seams where you can make big plays.”
    Rivers’ pocket presence and ability to avoid pressure certainly help him. But the Chargers also use the screen deftly and about midseason altered their protection schemes (with more people in varied places) and also began to incorporate more quick passes.
    “We’ve gotten a lot better,” Turner said. “That’s one of the keys to what we’ve been able to do.”
    Good feeling
    Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips said the difference for him in yesterday’s practice was in the way he could run pain-free and with more explosiveness, key for a pass rusher.
    “I’m excited to play Sunday at 100 percent,” said Phillips, bothered most of the season by an ankle injury.
    The spring in the steps of several players was noticeable, as was the mere fact they were on the field after a bye week.
    Punter Mike Scifres (groin) was the only player listed on the injury report, but he was not limited at all in practice.
    The Chargers have not had fewer than six players listed on their injury report since the first week of the season.
    “You can tell a freshness is there,” Rivers said.
    Receiver Vincent Jackson, who did not play in the regular-season finale or practice last week due to a balky Achilles’, ran unfettered yesterday.
    “Definitely an improvement,” Jackson said. “I’m feeling good this week. I’m going to continue to work to being as close to 100 percent as possible on Sunday.”
    Nuts ’n’ Bolts
    • The Chargers are the only team in the NFL to be in the so-called Elite Eight each of the past four years. Said Rivers: “There’s no fun prize to getting this far.”
    • While the Chargers and Jets are entirely different teams (just 17 players remain between the two teams) from when they met in the 2004 playoffs at Qualcomm Stadium, LaDainian Tomlinsonsaw some similarities between this game and the one five years ago: “They played good defense back then, and they’re still playing good defense. The weather may be the same kind of weather, so we’ll have to be ready to play.” There is a 30 percent chance of rain Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
    • The Jets and Chargers had four common opponents — Oakland, Tennessee, Miami and Cincinnati. The Jets were 4-2 against those teams, getting swept by Miami. The Chargers were 5-0 against those foes.
  2. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    Live by the blitz, die by the blitz.

    Prepare to die NY.
  3. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Bring it on Ryan, we've beaten you before

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