Stephen Hill will be doing work as a rookie, mark my words.
First off, forgive me for not posting in awhile. I’ve had Lyme’s Disease, which comes along with pretty severe brain fog, which comes along with some bad writers’ block.
Now, onto the topic. While many Jets fans tend to be pretty pessimistic (especially the older ones), I pride myself as being somewhat of an optimist. Naturally, I’m actually pretty excited about the up-coming season.
Here’s why. There’s the draft. Our defense and Wide Receiver corps looks vastly improved. So much, in fact, that we may actually have a chance at the division this year. The key to beating Brady is, and always has been, pressure up the middle and disrupting the timing between him and his receivers. I think we drafted Coples for that exact reason. Coples had far and away his most productive college season rushing from the defensive tackle spot. This, along with the Karl Dunbar signing (former DL coach of the Vikings) almost definitely means that we will be transitioning to more 4-3 formations. Against Brady and Co. We could run a 40 front with Coples in the DT spot and have him rush from the inside, breaking down the pocket. The reason we always lose against the Patriots is the fact that Brady is perhaps the best ever when given time, and BOY, DO WE GIVE HIM TIME. Last season he routinely had 5-7 seconds to throw, because we generated NO pass rush. Additionally, blitzing didn’t help. Brady, on average, actually performed better against the blitz than against a 3 or 4 man rush. However, when he faced teams that could generate pressure through the middle with the tackles, he didn’t do nearly as well.
Then there’s Stephen Hill. 6 foot 4 and running a 4.3 4o yard dash time, he’s the deep threat we’ve so desperately needed. Hell, he even averaged 30 yards a catch last year. With him stretching the field and running go routes, while Holmes and Kerley work in the middle, we’ll have as good as a passing game as Mark Sanchez lets us have. This is great, because it’ll stop defenses from loading the box and solely defending the run when playing against us. This’ll make running the ball A LOT easier.