Jets vs Bengals: In The “Line” Of Fire
Added by Marvin Turner on August 20, 2011.
This coming Sunday against the Bengals, all eyes will be on the offensive line, particularly right tackle. We watched the Jets offensive line get pushed around this past Monday night against the Texans. They lost a pretty good all around offensive lineman in Robert Turner for the year, and on top of that, the best player on the offensive line (Nick Mangold) is dealing with a neck injury.
As did many Jets fans, I was expecting to see the Jets sign at least one veteran OT this week, but that did not happen. Instead, they signed another defensive player (OLB Aaron Maybin), a young player that was recently released from the Bills.
This is a real cause for concern. This team cannot go into the season without adding some depth on the O-Line. Again, right tackle is a serious concern and the Jets have to find an answer within the next week or so.
Another key area to watch this week is the passing game. Keep an eye on Plaxico Burress and his ability to dig and make cuts. I don’t really believe that Sanchez and Plax will have timing issues, but watch the “BALL PLACEMENT from Sanchez. Plax was always a big bodied receiver that really bullied himself down the field against most corners in the league. Because of that, Plax will basically get to whatever area he wants. Around the in-zone area, he is almost unstoppable, but again, ball placement is critical. Sanchez will have to throw the ball to the right area of his body. Ball placement and accuracy is an area Sanchez has to improve on if he is to take that next step.
Special teams is another area that is trying to adjust to a few new players. Jeremy Kerley could become that dynamic player we saw in Leon Washington. With the ball in Kerley’s hands, you will see a lot of “shaking and backing” from this kid. The Jets will have to find a way to get the Kerley at least five touches per game, in any way.
Last but not least, we need to see the defense come out of this game with sacks. SACKS SACKS SACKS!! Its time that the outside linebackers, Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas get in gear and pressure the QB.
The OLB position, in this particular style defense, should be getting sacks.This is the weak spot on the defense, and it should be the other way around. Rex Ryan won’t ever say that, but I am sure he expects more out of Thomas and Pace. Don’t get me wrong, Thomas and Pace are great against the run, but when you consider how many time the Jets put their opponent in 3rd and long, that is when the pass rushers like Clay Matthews and D-Ware; the great Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Smith, Charles Haley, the late great Packer, Reggie White, and the late Kansas City Chiefs, Derick Thomas: Each one of these guys were almost umstoppable in a 3rd and long situation. I dont expect pace or Thomas to be any of these guys above, but we have to get more sacks from this group. Maybe new comer Aaron Maybin can be that guy that Rex wants as a hit-man. Maybin will be placed in the line of fire against the Benglas. It woud be nice to see this kid come out of this game with 2 sacks.