ESPN analyst -- and former Patriots defensive coordinator -- Eric Mangini was on ESPN Radio on Monday and broke down why he thought the Jets were able to slow down the New England offense on Sunday:
“Rex (Ryan) historically has played Tom Brady and that offense well. There’s a formula to do it. Look at what happened yesterday: They locked up the outside receivers, and they clogged up the middle of the field and they played a post safety. That’s why New England couldn’t run. And unless guys like Brandon Lloyd can make plays, which he had opportunities to do yesterday, that’s the formula that’s going to keep going. That’s why they need that outside receiver to be able to do something to take the defense out of the middle of the field. That’s the way you do it.”
Lloyd caught just one of his seven targets for six yards on Sunday for a 14.3 catch percentage, his lowest in a game since missing his only target in Week 14 of 2008 with the Bears, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Lloyd had a pair of drops on Sunday as well, only his second game over the last five years with multiple drops (Week 8 of 2011).
You can listen to the podcast to get more of Mangini’s Patriots breakdown, which includes his take on the defense as well.