The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE
The Jets may have a reputation for being one of the best man-to-man coverage teams in the league, but they may want to consider employing a game plan that features more zone concepts against the Steelers.
While using zone dilutes the use of talent in players like Revis and Cromartie as they sit in zone, it also helps take away the big play and reduces the chance of Antonio Brown or Mike Wallace getting a lot of yards after the catch.
The reason for this is because if a man is beat, there is only (maybe) a safety or two back to help bring him down. A missed tackle and a 10-yard play can turn into a 60-yard touchdown in a heartbeat, especially with the speed the Steelers have at receiver.
In zone coverage, while there are more "holes' in the coverage, there are more players nearby not busy with covering receivers to prevent big plays.
If Revis doesn't play, then there is less talent to dilute anyway.
Of course, the Jets will use a game plan with a healthy mix of both zone- and man-coverage principles, but using a plan the is a bit more zone-heavy could help take away the Steelers big-play ability.