"Looking at the Films" - Part I

Here is Part I of "Looking at the Films" from the Jets-Broncos game. Part II on Monday.

Quarterback:

Brett Favre didn't play well. The weather certainly contributed.

His accuracy wasn't great, like when he was high on a screen to Leon Washington late in the first quarter, and when he was way off on a crossing route to Dustin Keller late in the first half.

Favre he threw 20 incompletions, but did have a number of impressive throws throughout the course of the game. On a drive late in the first quarter, he hit Jerricho Cotchery in perfect stride on a quick slant, and this allowed the receiver, a good RAC opportunity and he gained 15 yards. Another nice throw was a rocket over the middle to Chansi Stuckey early in the fourth quarter that went for 16 yards.

Favre's worst play was his second quarter pick deep down the left sideline to Dre Bly. We have two issues with this play. First off, Laveranues Coles is a heck of a receiver, but not a deep threat. Secondly, why are they going after Bly, when there is a rookie free agent starting on the other side?

Wide Receiver:

While it was a tough weather day to catch the ball, the Jets receivers needed to do more against a secondary missing two starters (CB Champ Bailey and S Marlon McCree).

The Jets inability to take advantage of Bailey's replacement, rookie free agent Josh Bell, was somewhat surprising.

Laveranues Coles finished with two catches for two yards and had a drop.

Jerricho Cotchery was the Jets most productive receiver with four catches, including some good RAC. Cotchery did a good job taking a quick hitch in second quarter for 11 yards with a great move on Bell at the line of scrimmage. Cotchery had a fumble on a reverse in the first quarter. This was a shaky play call considering the terrible weather. Too many people handling the ball on one play in a driving rainstorm.

Chansi Stuckey had two nice plays in the fourth quarter. He had a slant for 16 yards, and also did a good job breaking up a potential pick in the end zone.

Brad Smith had a 10-yard reception late in the game. It was a short pass in the left flat, and he did a good job running after the catch, breaking a tackle attempt by Dre Bly.

Tight End:

Dustin Keller had his third solid game in a row, leading the team in catches with seven. His best grab was nice 13-yard leaping catch over the middle on the Jets last possession.

Chris Baker had one catch for seven yards on a rocket over the middle.

Running Back:

Thomas Jones had another good game, but the Jets had to abandon the run while playing catch-up.

Jones really seems to be in a groove with the whole line, but especially the right side. He took an early run 59 yards off right tackle. On Jones 29-yard second quarter TD run, Tony Richardson had an impressive lead block.

Two other impressive runs by Jones were on the last two plays of the third quarter when he ran for 13 and 14 yards. T-Rich had a nice block on the 14 yard run.

Leon Washington's best play was a 34-yard catch-and-run in the middle of the third quarter. He had a great move on Josh Bell in the open field. Washington had another nice catch-and-run late in the third quarter for 12 yards. He made by Vernon Fox and Wes Woodyard miss in the open field on this play. Washington's only bad play was a dropped screen.

Offensive Line:

The guys up front weren't the problem in this game.

On Jones' long TD run in the first quarter, Damien Woody and Brandon Moore had perfect blocks on the right side to open up a gaping hole. Another good first quarter play by Woody was when he recovered a Jones' fumble. Woody had a false start in the fourth quarter.

Moore had a nice block on Dwayne Robertson on the first play of the second quarter, on a run by Jones that went for 11 yards. Moore was called for holding on the Jets third drive.

Alan Faneca had a great block Wesley Woodyard in the left flat on a screen to Thomas Jones that went for 12 yards on the Jets second possession. Faneca also knocked Woodyard out of the way on the Leon Washington's 34-yard screen in the third quarter.

Another solid game by D'Brickashaw Ferguson. His most impressive play was on a Washington screen in the left flat that went for 14 yards in the third quarter. Ferguson showed his great mobility on this play getting way down field to knock Vernon Fox out of the way.

Nick Mangold continued his Pro Bowl level campaign. He had a great block on a Jones gain of 14 late in the third quarter.


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