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How small was the Jets’ playbook against the Browns?
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Before I begin Youth Jamal Adams Jerseys , I’d just like to point out I watched all of the offensive plays from the Browns game. I spent close to five hours writing every single formation including every motion, every personnel packages and every play. I’ve come to the conclusion I need a life the Jets had a small-ish playbook.If you want a TLDR synopsis here you go.:The Jets had three run concepts: zone runs, counter with a TE pulling, and toss sweep.I counted just over a dozen passing concepts with most being used in the second half. That total does lump all flood plays together, however, each one had a different wrinkle as noted in detail below.The Jets passing game in particular looked severely limited with at least three of the same plays out of the same exact formation used multiple times, and in some cases back to back.I broke it down by half, only to show how the game plan might have changed at halftime. (Other than the last two minutes, hard to say it ever did.)1st half:The Jets ran 32 total plays in the first half with 13 passes and 19 runs. Of the 13 pass plays called in the first half, five were screens. Three of the screens were bubble screens with the slot WR backing up and getting the pass. Two were the exact same double bubble screen out of empty backfield. It’s fair to think the call in the huddle was exactly the same.The other double bubble was run out of a slightly different formation. The weak side bubble didn’t have a block due to the back staying in to protect the QB. It’s realistically the same play other than the weak side so let’s just call a spade a spade and call it the same play.A fourth WR screen was a “slip” screen with the slot cutting to the outside laterally with the flanker blocking in front of him.It’s a slightly different variant so it goes down as it’s own separate play.There only screen that wasn’t a bubble or slip was an H back screen.That leaves eight other pass calls with a total of five different concepts called. Reminder, a concept is a collection of routes that when run together make up a play call. (Example three crossing routes across the middle of the field = levels concept. A levels concept may have three or four play call variations based on which position crosses the field short and deep or who releases when when.)Here’s the concepts I saw in the first half:QB/HB waggle left with a WR crackback. Basically exactly what it sounds like.Failure Concept (so named by myself for the result of the plays): The routes in this concept were two deep fly patterns (one to each side) with a slot WR running an out route ans the fourth running a hitch. The deep route changed from the slot WR in the first play to the outside flanker in the second play. On the second play the back stayed in to block. On the first, the he ran an angle route.Both plays were run out of four wide formations with three lined up in a trips formation to the right side with a back left and a tight end left The routes were similar so I’m going to say it was the same play call. Flood Concept: Bates called these concepts three times where there was 1) a short route 2) a deep out (one of which comes across the middle of the field) and 3) a deep comeback route along the sideline. Two were preceded by play action, with another coming with no play action fake. All three were run out of different formations. As a defense, you practice against floods all the time and the Jets ran basically the same three basic routes. Slant/Arrow Concept. A slant route from the flanker with a arrow route from the slot man.Slant Concept. Both the flanker and slot run slant routes in the middle of the field.The last two concepts were mirrored, meaning both sides of the ball ran a slant arrow concept on one play.Both sides of the formation then ran the slant concept on the next play.In summary, the Jets had 13 pass calls in the first half. Of these plays, the Jets ran only six concepts: screens, failure concept, flood, QB/RB waggle, arrow/slant and all slants.Moving to the running game and the three concepts: Zone. The vast majority of the runs were zone runs. Based on the RB movements, you can subdivide the plays as: inside zones which the intended hole was somewhere in between the tackles, outside zone runs where the ball was between the tackles but not outside the tight end and stretch zone runs where the ball was handed with the intention of stretching it outside the tackles into the wide areas of the field.It’s not that they are all the same exact play per se, but you can make the argument that any zone run to the inside is just a variant of the same play call. (You may have an inside zone run out of shotgun or under center, from different formations, and/or with different personnel groupings. Toss Sweeps. These accounted for 32% of the runs in the first half. Two toss sweeps were an identical play call — both were run out of the same formation with the same blocks. The rest were toss sweeps but had different formations and personnel packages.Shotgun Counter. This play was called twice out of the same formation.The strongside TE pulled to the backside of the formation as the back ran to the strong side. I didn’t see a single play where a guard pulled, where a tackle pulled, or there was any type of misdirection. The Jets were pretty basic.The second half was a mixture of new and previous pass concepts.The Jets continued with the screen game, running another four screens during the second half. The Jets reused the double bubble out of the empty set for the third time. Then they added a new bubble screen and used it twice. In essence, the Jets ran one different bubble screen in the second half. Only one screen was not a bubble screen to the WR, a successful TE screen.Bates called three more floods. They all had the same deep out Jamal Adams Jerseys Stitched , short out and deep fly route to one side of the field.Bates reused both the slant/arrow and slant concept, opting to run the slant/arrow on one side with the slants concept on the other side.Now for the new concepts: In total I counted eight concepts in the second half: Levels: Deep fly, medium in, and a short out route run to the outside of the formation.Spacing: All WR run to the first down distance and turn around.Deep out:Outside man runs 15 yard out, inside slot goes deep.Switch: Out of a stack formation, one WR runs deep with the other running a ten yard in/out to the left.Verticals: Hail Mary. Deep levels: Same as levels but deep routes.Smash-deep out:Outside WR runs spacing route underneath with inside running deep out.Shallow cross: Outside WR runs a shallow cross, with a deep fly and a post out of the slot and third WR respectively.The Jets re-ran three of the exact same plays from the exact same personnel package and formation. On two of these three instances, Darnold was intercepted.Let’s talk about what I didn’t see. The Jets did not utilize a single counter, counter-trey, or other form of blocking. There was not a single WR reverse or fake reverse. I saw one or two zone reads at the most. Other than the TE counter and a toss sweeps, you could argue the Jets ran three running plays in the entire game. (That’s pushing it though). In the passing game, the Jets did not run a single screen to an RB. They ran one to the H-back and one to the TE but not a single RB screen. The Jets didn’t seem to run a lot of routes over the middle, favoring a lot of medium to deep routes along the sidelines. For example, I didn’t see a levels concept over the middle, a deep dig concept, or a spacing concept. Once it got into desperation time, the Jets used two of the exact same plays twice — which suggests 1) they went in with an extremely small playbook anor 2) never planned a strategy for that situation.It’s hard to say whether the playbook was small or whether the Jets simply ran a lot of the same plays and concepts over and over again. Maybe it’s a case of using one concept and hoping changing formations/ packages enough would throw off a team. If I had to take a stab, I’d wager the Jets had 50-75 individualized play calls for the Browns game. However, if you were to lump all inside zones, outside zones, stretches, toss sweeps, floods, and bubbles together that number shrinks to probably 10-30 plays. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the top, two more QBs along the way — and a whole lot of guys who like nothing better than putting passers on the ground.That was the look for the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.Arizona defied NFL custom and at least temporarily created a quarterback quandary by selecting Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray to start proceedings in a wet and wild selection show.As thousands of fans withstood rain that began just about when Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Murray’s name, the Cardinals spent a second straight high pick on a signal caller. Arizona moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen.NFL teams simply don’t do that, but with a new coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. 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I grew up playing multiple sports,” he said. “I just think there’s no reason to limit yourself to one sport. I love to compete, so it wasn’t a big deal for me.”With quarterbacks so in demand these days, the Giants might have reached a bit for Duke’s Daniel Jones at the sixth spot, and the Redskins did just the opposite to get Dwayne Haskins. They stayed put at No. 15 and the Ohio State star fell to them.Perhaps serendipitously, he held a bowling party about 30 miles away Thursday night.“I’m just going to work on getting my head in that playbook,” said Haskins, a one-year starter for the Buckeyes. “I’m going to do all I can to get physically and mentally ready for the upcoming season and just motivate my guys that’s coming in with me in this rookie class.”After Murray, though, defense became the order of the night. Of the first 20 picks, 12 were for that side of the ball, all of them pass-rushing threats.Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went second to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts.“I see him as a three-down player,” general manager John Lynch said. “He’s got to come in and do it, but he plays the run well. His best strength is rushing the passer, but he can play all three downs and play in all situations.”Bosa’s older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL.“Good genes, man,” Bosa said with a laugh. “It was just excitement all around. My brother wanted me to go higher than he did (third overall), so just for my dream to come true and my family to be there to watch, it was pretty great.”Bosa is the highest Ohio State draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to St. Louis in 1997. He missed all but three games last season with a core muscle injury, but already had exhibited the kind of playmaking that lifts players to loft status. Such as the second pick in the draft.The Jets, widely speculated to trade the third pick, used it on Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Not even a starter until 2018, he won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama’s highest-drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.More defense with Clemson end Clelin Ferrell going to Oakland and LSU linebacker Devin White to Tampa Bay, both addressing huge needs.The Giants, looking for Eli Manning’s eventual successor Womens Curtis Martin Jersey , took Jones, the Senior Bowl MVP. Jones generally was not considered a first-round prospect when the college season ended. But he’s been tutored at Duke by David Cutcliffe, who also coached Peyton and Eli Manning in college.“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity to learn for a young quarterback, Jones said of Eli Manning.“He is a guy that’s had a whole lot of success in the NFL and there is a reason for that. I’m looking to understand that and do my best to learn as much as I can from him while he’s in New York.”Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen followed to Jacksonville, then it was Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to Detroit and Houston DT Ed Oliver to Buffalo.Finally, in the 10th spot, a trade: Pittsburgh sending the 20th spot, the 53rd selection and a third-rounder next year to Denver. The Steelers, with Hall of Famer Joe Greene making the announcement, selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush — a player apparently coveted by AFC North rival Cincinnati at No. 11.The Bengals grabbed Alabama tackle Jonah Williams instead.Three consecutive picks were dealt later in the round. Denver had gotten No. 20 from the Steelers and took Noah Fant, the second Iowa tight end chosen Thursday night. Green Bay acquired the next pick from Seattle and got Maryland safety Darnell Savage, a somewhat surprising choice. Then the Eagles dealt with Baltimore and probably got a replacement for longtime left tackle Jason Peters with Tytus Howard of Alabama State, the initial non-FBS player chosen.One spot later, at No. 24, Oakland used its second pick on Alabama’s Josh Jacobs, the first running back to go. The Raiders‘ third selection was Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abrams.Baltimore’s new GM, Eric DeCosta, made his first choice in charge of the draft Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown, who also wept upon being called.Through its bartering, Seattle had consecutive spots at 29 and 30, selecting TCU’s L.J. Collier — yet another defensive lineman — before sending the 30th to the Giants, who grabbed cornerback DeAndre Baker of Georgia. That gave New York three first-rounders.One team that stuck to the trenches, but on the offensive side, was Atlanta. Desperate for blocking help, the Falcons drafted Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom and Washington tackle Kaleb McGary, who they got by trading back into the opening round to get the Rams’ 31st spot.New England concluded a first round that saw 18 defensive players taken (only three in the secondary) and 14 on offense with receiver N’Keal Harry of Arizona State.Overall, the SEC had nine players, the ACC eight and the Big Ten seven. Clemson, Alabama and Mississippi State had three draftees apiece.
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