Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sparano: Monday 'not going to be for the meek'
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The next episode of "Monday Night Football" probably won't appeal to the casual sports fan.
Unless Wednesday's trade that sent receiver Braylon Edwards to New York changes the Jets' offensive philosophy, their game against the Miami Dolphins in Land Shark Stadium should be an old-school, smashmouth tilt.
Both teams have top 10 defenses and prefer to pound the ball with their bottom-half offenses.
"Something is going to have to give," said Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, sounding a little like John Facenda.
"They are outstanding against the run. So are we on defense, and both teams like to run the ball. So something is going to happen out there. It is probably not going to be for the meek on either side of the ball."
Rex Ryan has the Jets' defense ranked fourth overall, 13th versus the run and fifth versus the pass.
The Dolphins rank 10th in total defense, second in run defense and 24th in pass defense.
The Jets rank 24th in total offense, but ninth on the run (130.5 yards per game). The Dolphins rank 18th in total offense, but first on the run (183.5 yards per game).
"I know what kind of coach that Rex is and what Rex is doing with his team and how they want to be," Sparano said, "and that is exactly what we want to be. You got two teams that like to run the football and, I think, run it well.
"Those are not finesse runs they are dialing up either. They are powerful runs. They are power runs. A lot like us that way and two good defenses. So there will be a lot of bumping out there."