Mangini's Jets Put the Heat on QBs

While Herman Edwards was at the helm of the New York Jets, the team rarely blitz out of their Cover 2 defensive scheme. But under new head coach Eric Mangini, the Jets blitz often and from everywhere. It's a factor the Colts will have to consider in their strategy for this weekend.

In the first three seasons of the Herm Edwards era, the Jets rarely blitzed. After Edwards fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell following the 2003 season and hired Donnie Henderson, the Jets blitzed a little more. But it still wasn't a major part of their defensive scheme, as Edwards was and is a staunch believer in the Cover 2, and prefers to force opposing offenses to string together long drives to score.Plus, when defensive end John Abraham was healthy, Edwards had a top-notch pass rusher whom opposing offenses had to account for.

Just like almost everything else, that has changed with the new regime. In the absence of the traded Abraham, coach Eric Mangini has quickly demonstrated that his defense will bring the heat from any and all places. Sometimes it backfires, as it did when Roscoe Parrish took a slant-in on the Bills' second play from scrimmage and went 51 yards for a touchdown. But it worked quite well at other times during the Jets' 28-20 victory over Buffalo, and certainly Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Tom Moore will take note of that when they prepare to visit the Jets on Sunday.

On Parrish's touchdown, the Jets blitzed and safety Kerry Rhodes didn't react quickly enough to Parrish's inside move. The speedy Parrish blew past Rhodes and the rest of the Jets' defenders for a quick 7-0 lead.

"When you blitz, you've got to be sound on the back end," Mangini said. "We needed to do a better job on the play."

Rhodes did a much better job when he was the blitzer, recording two strip sacks, giving him three in two games. The first one stopped a Bills' drive that had reached the Jets' 19, and the second resulted in Victor Hobson's 32-yard return for a touchdown and a 21-10 third-quarter lead.

"They were big plays for us," Rhodes said.

They also provided redemption for Hobson, who also was beaten on Parrish's touchdown and was benched during the first half.

"I thought (Rhodes and Hobson) did a good job," Mangini said. "They ran into some bumps early and (later) made big contributions. We need to be able to respond to adversity."

And it will be interesting to see how Manning responds to the Jets' aggressive defense next Sunday.

REPLAY
The Jets (2-1) improved to 2-0 on the road in 2006 despite Chad Pennington being held under 300 yards passing for the first time this season. Pennington threw for 183 yards and one touchdown, a 1-yard flip to tight end Chris Baker, in the Jets' 28-20 victory over Buffalo.

Pennington's touchdown toss put the Jets ahead to stay, 14-10, with 14 seconds to go in the second period. Victor Hobson's 32-yard fumble return of a J.P. Losman fumble in the third quarter put them ahead 21-10, and Cedric Houston's 5-yard scoring run with 3:20 to go gave the Jets a 28-13 advantage.

The Bills (1-2) tried to rally as Losman directed a 10-play, 77-yard drive that he concluded with a 12-yard scramble, closing Buffalo's deficit to eight with 1:15 remaining. Buffalo then recovered the onsides kick, but was unable to get a first down. The Jets then ran out the clock.

PLAYER NOTES
--LG Pete Kendall (left hamstring) was inactive for the second straight game. Norm Katnik made his second consecutive start.

--RB Kevan Barlow made his first start as Derrick Blaylock was inactive. Barlow rushed for only 31 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries and came out with an apparent minor leg injury late in the fourth quarter.

--WR Laveranues Coles (calf) played despite being limited in practice all week. He had 10 receptions for 78 yards. He came out for one play after a hard hit, but quickly returned.

--S Kerry Rhodes had his second straight outstanding game with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and two strip sacks. --RB Leon Washington saw his most extensive action on offense, with seven carries for 25 yards and two receptions for 52 yards. His 47-yard catch-and-run set up the Jets' first touchdown.

--WR-PR Tim Dwight (thigh) made his first regular-season appearance, with one catch for 5 yards and two punt returns for 19 yards, including a 17-yarder.


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