New coaches are supposed to have an advantage. There isn’t much film on what they’ll do, what they’ll call. Especially when it’s a first-time head coach, such as Matt Patricia was Monday night.
Yet, somehow, the New York Jets seemed to know everything that was coming. They did it on the field in a 48-17 drubbing. And then they explained exactly how they pulled it off.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china
That’s just ugly for the Detroit Lions. Sure, offenses and defenses never want to be predictable. But if it happens in Week 8 or 9 or 10, it’s more understandable. There’s film. Tendencies. If a team scouts you that well, you say OK, make tweaks and move on.
But in Week 1 of Year 1 of a new regime, it’s almost unfathomable.
“We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line,” Jets linebacker Darron Lee said after the game. “… We knew his signals. We knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense.”
Lee, who had two interceptions, wasn’t the only Jets player to echo that sentiment -– on either side of the ball. Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne called New York’s preparation “one of the best I’ve been around” and that they figured out a lot of things the Lions ran on offense.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping
It was evident on Lee’s first interception, where he basically sat and waited for Lions running back Theo Riddick to run one of his most-used routes -– the angle route. Lee waited, waited and stepped in front of Riddick to pick off Matthew Stafford and return it for a touchdown.
“One of the big things, us as a defense, we want to talk, and when we were out on the field, certain guys were seeing certain things that showed up in reports and stuff like that,” Claiborne said. “They are calling it out and got everybody on the same page, so we at least have an idea of what’s about to happen or where they are trying to beat us or how they are trying to hurt us.”
The Lions couldn’t hurt the Jets’ defense -– except when they went to a tempo-based offense, something Stafford has usually thrived in. But when they avoided tempo, the Lions couldn’t really fool New York at all.