Dumervil, Suggs, Upshaw – quite a challenge Dan Leberfeld
The Jets’ offensive line is coming off a game they’d probably like to forget.
And it doesn’t get any easier for them against Baltimore, with three really good edge pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw.
First off, what the heck happened in Buffalo?
“We got beat on one-on-one battles more than anything,” Rex Ryan said. “So, every guy has to step up and has to get better individually. Then, collectively, we missed a couple of calls, slide protection calls. But the mental part, I have no question we’ll improve in that area. The physical part, the one-on-one matchups have to get better.
“Some of our guys have been absolutely terrific all season and then kind of laid an egg last week. I think we’ll rebound from it and we have to against the type of rushers we already talked about.”
The 5-11 Dumervil is very good at getting under tall tackles. The Jets’ offensive tackles are 6-6 (D’Brickashaw Ferguson) and 6-7 (Austin Howard).
“He’s definitely going to be under you and you have to bend,” Ryan said. “A lot of guys who aren’t really athletic or are top-heavy guys who will really struggle with players like that.
“But even the good ones, the athletes, the athletic guys like Brick (D’Brickashaw Ferguson) and Austin (Howard), you have to get down, but you have to use your length to your advantage. Certainly, he uses his hands well, but we have to be able to use our length and keep him away from our bodies.”