Looking at the Films - Offense

LP Field - Here is Part I of "Looking at the Films" from the Jets win over Tennessee.


Brett Favre played a Chad Pennington-type game. He took what the defense gave him, finishing 25-32 for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

But the one play that he made that gives him the edge over Pennington was the rocket he threw to Laveranues Coles for a third quarter touchdown. There were two defenders around Coles, but the pass was such a laser it didn't make a difference.

Favre had two really nice plays on the Jets first drive. On his first pass, he looked right, and as he was about to get sacked, he fired the ball left to Jerricho Cotchery for a gain of 16. The other play of note was when he spotted a mismatch – Coles on LB David Thornton, and the quarterback threw a quick slant to the receiver for a gain of 20.

Brian Schottenheimer and Favre worked well together in this game – they called and executed a very smart game plan that threw the Titans off quite a bit.

The only bad play of note by Favre was his second quarter pick to Courtland Finnegan. It was a bad decision throwing this tough throw at a player who is probably going to Hawaii after the season. But to Favre's credit, he stayed away from Finnegan essentially the rest of the game and targeted inexperienced Chris Carr on the other side.

Running Back:

The Jets running game was awfully impressive against a Titans defensive which is very hard to run on. In fact, the Jets rushing total (192 yards) was most against the Titans this year.

Thomas Jones did a great job "running behind his pads" as they say in the football world.

Jones amassed a hard-fought 96 yards on 27 carries. He also caught three passes for 21 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception to punctuate the Jets first scoring drive. He also had a nine-yard catch-and-run on the second possession.

Two of Jones best runs came on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, two hard-fought seven-yard gains. Another run off note by Jones was his nine yard scamper off left tackle in the middle of the third where he did a good job running laterally.

Leon Washington had another electrifying play with his 61-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. He broke a tackle attempt by Chris Hope late in the run. Washington had a late four-yard TD run to ice the victory. A rare bad play from Washington occurred on the last play of the first quarter when a fumbled a quick toss and it was recovered by the Titans.

In the second quarter, the Jets caught the Titans off guard by handing the ball to Tony Richardson, who gained 14 yards on the play.

Wide Receiver:

The Jets passing attack was clearly targeting backup CB Chris Carr, who was starting for the injured Nick Harper.

Laveranues Coles led the Jets in receiving with seven catches, and most of them were on Carr. He also drew a pair of pass interference penalties on Carr on one late drive. Coles showed great concentration on his third quarter touchdown grab – the pass was thrown very hard and he had two defenders on him. Another play of note from Coles was in the middle of the second quarter when he found a soft spot in the zone on a gain of 25.

Jerricho Cotchery had a solid game. On the first drive, he took a short pass 16 yards by breaking a tackle attempt by Cortland Finnegan. Another nice play from Cotchery was his quick slant for 15 yards in the third quarter, beating Carr on the play.

Chansi Stuckey had an eight-yard screen in the fourth. He broke a tackle attempt by Finnegan around the line to make this play work.

Brad Smith had an eight-yard screen of his own on the Jets first offensive play of the second half. He also executed the option well when he tossed to Leon Washington at the perfect time for a gain of five in the first quarter.

Tight End:

Dustin Keller was active in the pass game for the third straight game. He caught three short passes, and also hauled in a 16-yarder on a quick slant at the end of the first quarter. He did some good running after the catch on this play. David Thornton had a tough time covering him. Aside from getting beat several times, the linebacker was called for pass interference in the second quarter. Keller also drew a pass interference calls on Mike Griffin in the third quarter.

Chris Baker had a false start in the second quarter.

Offensive Line:

It was a very impressive afternoon for the offensive line against a tough Front Seven.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson had the key block down field on Thomas Jones' screen that went for a TD on the first drive. Nick Mangold and Alan Faneca also helped pave the way on this play. Faneca nailed Kevin Vickerson on a Jones' gain of seven up the gut in the middle of the second quarter. Faneca also led the way on Leon Washington's late four-yard TD run.

Mangold had two other awesome blocks, like on Jones gain of 11 early in the fourth quarter and a Jones gain of 19 late in the game.

The right side of the Jets offensive line did a great job run blocking on a number of plays, like late in the first quarter when Damien Woody and Brandon Moore open up a big hold on a Jones gain of seven. Woody and Moore also combined to open up a large gap on right side on Tony Richardson's gain of 14. Moore had a tremendous block springing Leon Washington on his 61-yard TD run.

The only two bad plays of note from the offensive line were a pair of second quarter sacks. Moore was beat by Kyle Vanden Bosch and Ferguson by Albert Haynesworth, and the two defensive lineman meet at the quarter. And there was a jail break on a Favre sack late in the first quarter.

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