Thursday, October 25, 2012
View from Miami: Impact of Revis injury
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The last time the Dolphins saw the Jets, in Week 3, there was a certain No. 24 in the secondary. Yep, that was Darrelle Revis' last game. He suffered his season-ending knee injury late in the game, meaning the Jets have played four games without their best player.
Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill, on a conference call with New York reporters, said the Jets have altered their defensive approach without Revis at cornerback.
"They're playing more zone coverage now, which is the biggest major change, but they still throw exotic blitzes at you," Tannehill said. "They'll play man, they still play a lot of man, just not quite as much as they did previously.”
Tannehill didn't have a good game in the first meeting, a 23-20 Jets win in OT. He completed only 16 of 36 passes for 196 yards, including an interception that was returned for a TD by LaRon Landry. But over the last three games, Tannehill has completed 67 percent of his passes.
"I think just taking what I'm given and not trying to force things down field, being able to still take shots when guys are open ... but not having to force things and being able to check the ball down and get 8-10 yards just on a check down," he said. "I think that's been the biggest growth."