Looking at the Films - Part I - Offense

Here is Part I of "Looking at the Films," from the Jets-Cardinals game.


Brett Favre was brilliant.

It's amazing that after 16 great years in Green Bay, that his fourth game as a Jet was the first time he threw six touchdowns.

Favre is getting a terrific feel for the type of pocket the Jets line likes to set up. He did such a great job stepping up in the pocket in this game and firing rockets all over the field, like his first TD pass of the game, a 12-yard bullet to Lavarnues Coles.

Favre also threw with nice touch, like when he hit Jerricho Cotchery for a gain of 15 toward the left sideline late in the first half. The pass was lofted over CB Matt Ware and in front of CB Antonio Cromartie.

And then perhaps the Jets most impactful pass of the game, the 40-yard touchdown to Cotchery in the fourth quarter on fourth and one. Favre sold the play-fake well on this play, and hit a wide open Cotchery.

The only negative play of note for Favre in this game was his pick on the second possession. We know how much he likes to throw passes clear across the field. But perhaps the Jets have gone to the well too many times with this play through four games, and it looked like Arizona linebacker Chike Okeafor was expecting it and he picked off one of these throws in the Jets second offensive possession.

Wide Receiver:

The Jets wide receivers were dominant.

Laveranues Coles finally seems to be on the same page as Brett Favre. He finished with a team high eight catches.

Coles beat S Antrel Rolle for a second quarter TD. Coles also beat CB Dominque Rogers-Cromartie on a fade for a late first half TD. Coles third TD was a 34-yard grab where the Jets were helped out by CB Eric Green's injury on the play leaving the wideout open.

Jerricho Cotchery contributed two fourth quarter touchdowns to help stave off a late Cardinals comeback.

Cotchery found a hole in the Cardinals zone on his 17-yard TD. And then on the play-of-the-game, he was wide open down field on a play-action TD on fourth-and-one. This play went for 40 yards.

Chansi Stuckey was somewhat quiet in this game with two catches, and Brad Smith had an impressive 17-yard reverse.

Tight End:

The tight ends did a good job both blocking and receiving.

Bubba Franks had his best game as a Jet. He had the key block on a successful Thomas Jones fourth-and-one carry late in the first quarter. He had another key block, on LB Chike Okeafor, on a Thomas Jones gain of eight late in the game. Late in the first quarter, Franks got behind LB Clark Haggans for a 25-yard reception to the two-yard-line. Franks also had a touchdown catch called back due to a holding call.

Dustin Keller got behind LB Monty Beisel and S Antrel Rolle for a 24-yard fourth quarter touchdown. Keller also had a decent block on Jones' first carry that went for four yards.

Running Back:

The running backs weren't prolific, but did a good job complimenting the Jets pass happy approach.

Thomas Jones best play was actually a 19-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter on the left side. On the very next play, Leon Washington had his best play, a 13-yard run also to the left. Washington also had a successful two point conversion, a running play on the Jets last TD. But Washington's most impressive play might have been on an incomplete Favre pass. On Favre's first pass attempt of the game, LB Karlos Dansby was blitzing up the middle. That is 6-4, 250 pound Karlos Dansby. And 5-8, 202 pound Leon picked him up allowing Favre to get the pass off.

Tony Richardson bobbled a pass in the left flat, allowing Dansby to come over and knock it away.

Offensive Line:

The offensive line was awfully impressive. The pass protection was suberb against this aggressive, attacking defense. The Jets gave up two sacks and one was a coverage sack.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson continues to play well. He had the key block on DE Travis LaBoy on a Leon Washington 13-yard run in the middle of the second quarter.

Nick Mangold and Alan Faneca lead the way on a Washington on a screen that went for nine yards on the Jets second possession.

Faneca led the way on a Brad Smith reverse that went for 17 yards in the second quarter. Faneca also had a nice block on DE Antonio Smith on a Washington gain of five up the middle in the second quarter.

A Mangold holding penalty brought back a Bubba Franks second quarter TD grab.

Brandon Moore had a sweet block on massive DT Alan Branch on a Thomas Jones gain of nine on the last play of the third quarter.

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