Looking at the films - Part II

Looking at the Films - Part II - defense and special teams.

Defensive Line:

The Jets pass rush wasn't great again, but this probably has more to do with the linebackers in a 3-4 than the defensive line.

Contrary to what some people might surmise, this wasn't a bad game for the defensive line. The 49ers ran for just 3.0 yards per carry.

49er center Eric Heitmann did a pretty good job on Kris Jenkins. Of course, he did get guard help quite a bit, but the Stanford graduate deserves kudos nonetheless.

Jenkins had a big play on the 49ers first drive, forcing a fumble on Mike Robinson. Jenkins had a play he'd like back in the third quarter when he jumped off-sides on fourth-and-on. But the 49ers didn't score on this drive, so it turned out not to be a big a deal. Late in the third quarter, Jenkins was called for holding, and it was a bad call.

His backup Sione Pouha had a terrific play on the 49ers second possession. He didn't fall for a ball fake and stopped Frank Gore for a loss of two.

Shaun Ellis did some good things. He had a nice run stuff around the line on Gore in the middle of the second. The play was blown up in the backfield by Kris Jenkins, and Ellis finished it up. Ellis caused a fumble on DeShaun Foster early in the third quarter, but the 49ers recovered. Ellis lined up wide at times, almost as a linebacker. He beat Joe Staley for a late third quarter sack. He also had a QB pressure in the third quarter that contributed to an incompletion down field. He finished with eight tackles.

Mike DeVito beat Adam Snyder for a sack right before the two-minute warning in the second quarter.

Kenyon Coleman stopped Foster for a loss of one early in the fourth quarter.


The Jets lack of a dominating pass rusher at outside linebacker is really hurting them. That is such a key in the 3-4. Shaun Hill had quite a bit of time to throw on many passing attempts. It's surprising that they won't give Marques Murrell, a sack machine in college, a chance to show what he can do.

Calvin Pace had several impressive plays. He recovered a fumble to end the first drive. Pace had a tremendous play early in the second quarter. He did a great job shedding a block and exploded into Frank Gore, stopping the runner for a loss of two. A Pace pressure led to an incompletion that ended a drive early in the third quarter.

Bryan Thomas did some good things. A Thomas QB pressure late in the first half forced Shaun Hill to throw the ball away. In the middle of the fourth quarter , Thomas had a great play when he blew by Adam Snyder and stopped Foster for a loss of two.

Was BT partly responsible for Frank Gore being wide open in the right flat in the second quarter on his four-yard TD catch? Perhaps, but the Jets don't divulge this sort of information, so we aren't going to blame him. One play we know Thomas would want back for sure was when he was pancaked by Billy Bajema paving the way for a Gore gain of 12 at the beginning of the second quarter.

David Harris didn't take long to shake the rust off, finishing with 13 tackles in his comeback game after missing five contests with a groin injury. He had several big-time hits like when he nailed DeShaun Foster on the line early in the third quarter right up the middle. He had a major hit on Frank Gore on a short pass that gained just three yards. The super tough runner was slow to get up.

Eric Barton has played better games. He had some issues in pass coverage on tight ends like when he gave up a 20-yard gain to fellow Terp Vernon Davis late in the first half. His positioning on this play wasn't great.

David Bowens had an impressive third quarter pick on a pass intended for Isaac Bruce. D-Bo did a great job disguising his coverage on this play.


The secondary was very inconsistent.

Darrelle Revis was called for holding on Isaac Bruce on the first drive. Revis had a terrific play on Bruce in the second quarter, stopping him short of the first down on a third down pass. He did a great job driving his legs and forcing Bruce backwards on this play. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Revis was beat by on short pass by Jason Hill and the cornerback had a rare missed tackle and the pass went for nine yards.

Ty Law was a mile off Dominique Ziegler on the Baylor-products gain of 31 on the 49er's second possession.

Drew Coleman had an up-and-down outing. He had an outstanding one-handed diving PD on a second quarter crossing route to Bruce. Late in the first half, Bruce got by the young corner with a crafty move in the middle of the field on a gain of 19. Coleman was late coming over to Bruce on last play of third quarter than went for 13 yards.

Hank Poteat, who played at safety, had a nice hit on Hill to cause a fumble in the end zone that Joe Staley recovered late in the first half. Also late in the half, Poteat had airtight coverage on Bruce on a fade in the end zone that fell incomplete.

Dwight Lowery was called for holding on Hill late in the first half. Lowery was late coming over to Hill on a gain of 13 early in the fourth. Bryant Johnson beat Lowery for a fourth quarter touchdown. It was a great catch, and shows you the value of having a 6-3 receiver. Lowery had a nice tackle on Vernon Davis stopping him a yard short of the first down early in the third (the play before the Jenkins encroachment on fourth-and-one).

Special Teams:

Penalty issues for the specialists.

It started out strong for the special team when Brad Smith recovered a 49er onside kick to start the game. It was a great, athletic play!

Reggie Hodges first punt wasn't very good. Punting for the 49ers 38-yard-line, the ball had no chance to be downed, and bounced right into the end zone. He had a terrific punt in the third quarter for 53 yards with great hang-time punting from deep in his own end.

Wallace Wright was called for holding bringing back a third quarter kick return. Ahmad Carroll was called for an illegal block in the back on a kick return, also in the third quarter. A holding call on James Inhedigbo brought back a fourth quarter kickoff return for a touchdown. It looked like a bad call.

Carroll has a couple of impressive tackles. He rocked Arnez Battle to force a fumble on a first quarter punt return. The 49ers recovered. Then he stopped Battle right in his tracks, the second he caught the punt, on his next return.

Jay Feely made a 32-yard field goal. It was his 12th in a row.

Brad Smith had a reckless pitch to Leon Washington on fourth quarter kick return that resulted in a fumble that the Jets recovered.

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