December 19th 2021
The Dolphins blitz on an NFL-leading 40% of their defensive snap, according to Next Gen Stats. It takes all 11 to combat the heat. Zach Wilson, who completes just 43% when facing a blitz, can’t hold the ball because of indecisiveness. The offensive line’s communication must be sound. The receivers must get open, fast. The tight ends and running backs must contribute in both pass catching and blocking.
The Jets did a better job limiting the run against the Saints than the stat sheet indicates. When you see 203 yards, you assume a team was gashed. But the Saints ran the ball 43 times and 44 of the yards came with under two minutes to go when the game was decided. The last time the Dolphins faced the Jets, they rushed for 115. The Jets can’t allow the Dolphins to have a similar performance.
Wilson is in a funk. So the Jets need their running game to take pressure off the rookie QB. Tevin Coleman and Michael Carter, the Jets two leading rushers, return after being sidelined with injuries. Feed Carter and Coleman so Wilson can play complimentary football, similar to how the Jets offense ran against the Texans.