Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Guest Post: Can Jets Defense Match '85 Bears?

I'll get back to more regular posting once we inch closer to training camp. But right now, we have a JetsDaily guest post from Scott Dahl. You may know him as WhiteShoeWillie on the message boards. Here are his thoughts on how Rex Ryan's 2010 Jets' defense compares to his father's 1985 Chicago Bears' defense.

In 1985 Buddy Ryan fielded what many consider the greatest defense of all time.  If not the best defense of all time, surely it’s towards the top of everyone’s list.  Buddy was a defensive visionary who saw what the leagues best offenses were doing and devised a scheme to smother them. 

The 46 was an innovative defense with a unique defensive front, designed to confuse the quarterback. The line was shifted dramatically to the weak side, with both guards and the center "covered" by the left defensive end and both defensive tackles. This front forced offenses to immediately account for the defenders lined up directly in front of them, making it considerably harder to execute blocking assignments such as pulling, trapping and pass protection in general. Moreover, the right defensive end would be aligned outside the left offensive tackle, leaving the tackle 'on an island' when trying to block the end.  The primary tactic is to rush between five and eight players on each play, either to get to the quarterback quickly or disrupt running plays. Another major key to the 46 is the ability of the CB's to play bump-and-run coverage. Bump-and-run can allow the defense to take away the quarterback's immediate decision making ability, by disrupting the timing of short routes needed to make a quick throw to beat the 46 defense.

In ’85, the defense smothered nearly every team in its path.  There only loss that season was against Dan Marino, the greatest QB of his time, who dropped a whopping 38 points on an otherwise dominant defense.  Marino’s huge arm, quick release, and perhaps most importantly outstanding offensive line attacked a defense that was known for attacking with precise, downfield passes.  Because the 46 defense had only one deep safety most of the time with it’s CB’s on an island it was key that the defensive front got to the QB quickly to disrupt his passes.  The Fins counter punch went largely unanswered that day.  If the Patriots had not upset the Fins in the AFC Championship game it would have been a great Superbowl rematch.

Buddy Ryan and the Bears had the last laugh that season though as they won the Superbowl in dominant fashion as the Fins watched from home.  The league took note of the Dolphins success against that defense though and before to long the 46 was a thing of the past.  Offenses spread the field out by putting more receivers wide than the 46 personnel could handle, then the rules began to change to favor the passing game by limiting the amount of contact with the receivers and quarterbacks.  The 46 as a base defense was somewhat of a flash in the pan in NFL history as is often the case with innovative schemes.

Nearly 25 years later Rex Ryan, Buddy’s son, took over as the head coach of the New York Jets.  In 2009, Rex Ryan took over the Jets with the same confident/cocky attitude his father was known for.  He also brought the same type of visionary defensive mind with him. 

As one might expect, the NFL landscape has morphed quite a bit in the quarter of a century since the Bears carried Buddy off the field after winning the Superbowl.  Bill Walsh’s west coast offense is now a staple in nearly every NFL offense.  Myriads of different personnel packages and substitutions are used across the league, as the game has become more of a strategic chess match between coordinators than ever before.  The rules are now heavily in favor of the passing game with almost zero contact allowed on receivers and quarterbacks. 

The Ryan family is still inventing unique schemes to combat the leagues offensive attacks though.  In 2009 Rex took one of the leagues worst rated defenses from 2008 and made them the best defense in the league.  Some still say that Rex ran the same defense he had success with the Ravens last season, but that is not the case.  Buddy taught him well. 

Rex recognized he had a cornerback capable of doing something special.  The ’85 Bears corners terrorized WR’s with a very physical style of defending that isn’t allowed today.  Darrelle Revis can do it within the present day rules.  Rex had the audacity to put his CB out there against the best WR’s in the world without giving him safety help.  Also like the old 46 defense, this allowed Rex to create pressure on opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks.  He didn’t accomplish this by simply sending an extra guy at the quarterback though.  He did do that, but he also confused QB’s by putting extra coverage in the areas not defended by Revis.  Also like the 46 defense this often took away the opposing quarterbacks quick decision-making ability.  QB’s were manipulated into throwing the ball at the best cornerback in the world without having much time to think about it.

Some of the same basic concepts of the 46 were used.  Take away the QB’s quick decision making ability with bump and run coverage on one side combined with overloads on the other, and send more guys than the offense can block.  The recipe worked quite well as season progressed and the players began to feel comfortable within the system.  The design was so good that once the Jets got into the playoffs they won two road games with a rookie QB at the helm. 

Unfortunately for Rex and the Jets, the greatest QB of the modern day wasn’t fazed by the Jets pressure scheme.  His laser, rocket arm, quick release, smarts, and outstanding offensive line attacked a defense that was used to doing the attacking.  Manning takes the chess match out of the headsets and brings it onto the field.  His pre-snap ability to recognize what a defense is likely to be doing, adjust blocking schemes and routes combined with his quick release, accuracy and huge arm allowed him the time to let routes develop and attack down field.  The Jets defense was shredded for 30 points, well above there season average.

As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  It took Buddy Ryan about 4 years to work out the kinks and acquire the right personnel for his innovative 46 scheme, and another 3 to really become dominant.  Rome didn’t have free agency and in 80’s trades weren’t nearly as common as they are today.  The Jets were able to acquire two very talented corner backs during the 2010 off-season, one of which has proven to be extremely capable in man coverage under today’s passing rules and the other who is supposed to have top notch man coverage skills. 

With the addition of Cromartie and Wilson, combined with the audacity and defensive prowess of Rex Ryan we could be on the verge of seeing a defense every bit as dominant as that ’85 Bears team was.  Rex will push the limits of this defense and attack today’s pass happy NFL offenses with zero coverage schemes with hidden booby traps in the form of defensive backs that put even more pressure on opposing QB’s. 

Whether or not the perfect storm is brewing is obviously still outside the range of the forecast, but there are warning signs a plenty and the sky is getting gray for NFL offenses.  It may be sooner rather than later that we see Kris Jenkins and Mark Sanchez doing the super bowl shuffle of this generation.


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Agen Bola melaporkan bahwa meski bersaing ketat dan ingin mengalahkan satu sama lain di lintasan, tampaknya beberapa pembalap MotoGP menjalin hubungan pertemanan yang cukup baik.

Menurut berita yang dikutip oleh Indo11, Cal Crutchlow dan Marc Marquez merupakan dua pembalap yang dikenal bersahabat di paddock MotoGP. Walau musuh di lintasan, keduanya tidak segan kerap bertukar lelucon di luar arena balap.

Dalam menjelang MotoGP Laguna Seca, Amerika Serikat akhir pekan ini, beberapa pembalap termasuk Marquez menyempatkan diri untuk singgah di San Francisco untuk menikmati suasana kota yang indah.

Pada hari Selasa (16/7) waktu setempat, pemenang MotoGP Jerman itupun mengunggah foto dirinya sedang bersantai di sebuah pelabuhan dan menuliskan, "Hari libur!" di akun Twitter-nya.

Crutchlow yang membela Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pun berniat mengasingkan debutan Repsol Honda tersebut ke Pulau Alcatraz, yakni bekas penjara terketat di Amerika Serikat yang terletak di Teluk San Francisco. Tampaknya, pembalap Inggris ini ingin mengasingkan Marquez agar rival beratnya akhir pekan ini berkurang satu.

"@marcmarquez Apakah kau berada di San Francisco? Aku akan mengirimkan seseorang yang ramah untuk membawamu ke Alcatraz dan meninggalkanmu di sana selama akhir pekan..." tulis Crutchlow pada akun Twitter-nya yang bernama @calcrutchlow.

Marquez pun segera menanggapi candaan Crutchlow tersebut, "Hahaha... Aku sudah tiba di Monterey (kota di mana Sirkuit Laguna Seca terletak)!!! Lain kali aku akan membayar pesuruhmu dengan jumlah yang lebih banyak, hingga ia tak mau menyelesaikan tugasnya! Hahaha."

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Manchester United mengakui negosiasi transfer Fabregas
Agen Bola melaporkan bahwa manajer baru Manchester United, David Moyes, membenarkan pihaknya tengah melakukan negosiasi terkait transfer Cesc Fabregas dari Barcelona. Sang manajer juga berkata tengah menanti perkembangan kabar negosiasi transfer mantan pemain Arsenal itu.
Menurut berita yang diperoleh Indo11, saat konferensi pers di Sydney dalam rangkaian tur pramusim Red Devils, Moyes membeberkan pihaknya berharap menerima kabar positif soal transfer Cesc pada dua hari ke depan. Moyes sendiri mengungkapkan Executive Vice Chairman klub, Ed Woodward-lah, yang turun langsung untuk persoalan transfer ini.
"Saya tidak bisa mengatakan dengan pasti. Saya baru saja menghubungi Executive Vice Chairman yang mengurusi hal ini. Saya berharap bisa mendapatkan informasi lebih lagi esok atau hari berikutnya," tutur Moyes.
"Saat ini, masih tengah malam di Inggris. Jadi, saya mungkin baru akan mendapat informasi lebih pada esok hari atau beberapa hari lagi mengenai bagaimana kelanjutannya (negosiasi transfer Fabregas). Kami berusaha amat keras membuat beberapa tambahan ke dalam skuad. Semoga akan ada kabar baik tidak lama lagi," tutupnya.

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Agen Bola melaporkan bahwa Mesut Oezil mengonfirmasi bahwa pihaknya dan Real Madrid kini sedang menegosiasikan kontrak baru. Hal itu disambut gembira Oezil yang juga membuka peluang untuk mengakhiri karir di Madrid.

Pemain berusia 24 tahun itu bergabung dengan 'El Real' dari Werder Bremen pada tahun 2010, setelah tampil mengesankan dalam gelaran Piala Dunia di musim panas tahun itu.

Menurut berita yang dilansir oleh Indo11, Oezil yang merupakan pemain internasional Jerman, lalu berhasil merebut hati para suporter Madrid berkat penampilannya di atas lapangan. Performa okenya itu pun membuat Madrid bersiap menambah kontraknya.

"Aku gembira mereka ingin memperpanjang kontrakku, tetapi belum ada yang disepakati. Aku tidak tergesa-gesa tapi menyenangkan Real Madrid ingin terus mempertahankanku, karena itu artinya mereka percaya kepadaku," jelasnya.

Kontrak Oezil dengan Madrid saat ini sebenarnya baru habis tahun 2016, atau tiga tahun mendatang. Kontrak baru nanti kabarnya akan menambah durasi tiga tahun lagi, alias berakhir pada 2019. Pada akhirnya bukan tidak mungkin pula Oezil bisa gantung sepatu di Madrid, sebuah wacana yang tidak ditampik oleh pemain bersangkutan.

"Tentu saja aku bisa melihat diriku pensiun di Real Madrid, tetapi hal berbeda bisa saja terjadi. Dalam sepakbola perubahan bisa terjadi dalam semalam," tutur Oezil.

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