Jaguars vs. Jets: 3 Second-Half Adjustments New York Must Make
The Jets did something they haven’t done much in the past when they elected to receive after winning the coin toss. They scored early on a Santonio Holmes touchdown, but only came away with two field goals after. A safety has contributed to a nine-point lead going into the half, but there are adjustments that need to be made.
1. Establish Running Game
The ground-and-pound style of offense has not worked for the Jets in the preseason and so far in the early NFL season. New York needs to do a better job blocking and creating space for Shonn Greene in the running game.
In addition, Greene must do a better job running through the holes and recognizing the blocks. He started to pick up stream toward the end of the half, but he needs to continue running hard. Greene has 43 yards rushing and six receiving yards coming out of the backfield.
Greene and the running game need to help out Sanchez, who has thrown two picks so far. Success in the running game will allow Sanchez time and space down the field. It will also help the Jets control the time of possession and keep Maurice Jones-Drew off the field.
2. Protect the Ball
Mark Sanchez has had a decent half, throwing for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. The only blemish on his line is the two picks he threw. He needs to recognize the defensive coverage better and make better decisions in key situations.
Facing a lot of pressure from the Jacksonville defense, Sanchez might want to throw the ball away or take the sack instead of trying to escape the pressure. The only positive coming from this half when it comes to turnovers is the fact that the Jets came up with a few of their own.
3. Keep Putting Pressure on McCown
The Jets' defense has put on a dominant performance so far keeping the Jaguars out of the end zone, coming up with key turnovers and holding Jacksonville to only three points. In addition, New York has kept Jones-Drew at bay, forcing McCown to drop back on 3rd-and-long.
The safety was a key play in the half, one that has given the defense a lot of confidence. Pace and the rest of the Jets' pass-rushers must continue to get after the quarterback to make the Jaguars an even more one-dimensional team than they already are.
If the Jets continue to do these things and make the proper adjustments, they will be victorious in this game.