Saturday, November 17, 2012
Coach's big decision: How to cover Danny?
By Rich Cimini
This is one of those weeks where the Jets really miss Darrelle Revis.
The Jets would've assigned their star cornerback to Rams WR Danny Amendola, and it would've eliminated Sam Bradford's go-to guy from the passing game. Antonio Cromartie likely will cover Amendola when he lines up on the outside, but Cromartie doesn't cover receivers in the slot -- and that's where Amendola does a lot of his damage.
This could be problematic for the Jets.
Nickel back Isaiah Trufant, who wrested the job from Ellis Lankster three games ago, suffered a season-ending knee injury last week in Seattle. The injury didn't make headlines, not with all the other stuff going on around the team, but Trufant's absence will be felt. They can go back to Lankster and perhaps even use Kyle Wilson on Amendola in the slot.
To say Bradford relies heavily on Amendola would be an understatement. In five games, he has been targeted 61 times -- an average of 12 per game. (He missed four games with a broken collarbone.) In last week's tie with the 49ers, he was targeted 12 times -- and he caught 11 of them. In the season opener against the Redskins, he was targeted 16 times -- and caught 15.
That's interesting. In his six years as the Jets' offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer always tried to make sure the ball was spread evenly. Now he's running a one-man show. The Jets have to be a show stopper in order to win Sunday in St. Louis.