Premium – Let’s check out the work of the Jets Front 7 Dan Leberfeld
Let’s take a look at the work of the Jets Front 7 in their win over Buffalo. It was another strong outing for Sione Pouha. Let’s get into the details . . .
On C.J. Spiller’s first carry of the game, Pouha shed an offensive lineman and stopped the runner on the line.
On the Bills first drive of the second half, in the middle of this possession, Pouha stopped Spiller for no gain on a run off left tackle.
Late in the third quarter, on the second play of the drive that resulted in a Brad Smith touchdown catch, Pouha stopped Spiller again on the line.
He did it again early in the fourth.
So all four of Pouha’s tackles he stopped Spiller for no gain or one yard – very impressive. One scout said recently, it’s almost impossible to run up the middle on the Jets when Sione is out there.
Late in the Bills second drive, which did result in a touchdown, Mo Wilkerson had an outstanding play late in the posession. He burst into the backfield and stopped Spiller for a loss of three.
Mike DeVito did some good things before leaving the game with an MCL sprain.
On the first play of a mid-second quarter possession, he stopped Spiller after just a gain of two. On the third play of the Bills first drive of the second half, he stopped Spiller again after a gain of two.
With DeVito out, Ropati Pitiotua played more, and he had a big play on the first play of a Bills fourth quarter possession. He burst into the backfield, and stopped RB Tashard “Taster’s” Choice for a loss of three.
The linebackers had a solid game.
On the Bills second possession, C.J. Spiller gained seven yards off left tackle. On the play OLB Garrett McIntyre fell down, and this opened a big hole. McIntyre gives you 200 percent, but he’s a limited athlete with stiff hips, and he stumbled on this play.
But McIntyre is a stout run defender, and he showed that in the middle of the second quarter when he stopped Spiller for no gain, setting up a third-and-four, and then Josh Mauga stopped Choice for a loss of five, on a run attempt to the right side.
Calvin Pace did a lot of good things in this game.
On an early second quarter drive, Pace hit Fitzpatrick as he was throwing, and this caused an awry pass to Brady Smith down the deep right side. On the play that Mauga stopped Choice for a loss of five, the havoc on the this play was created by Pace. Calvin beat TE Scott Chandler off the edge, blowing up the run, and Mauga cleaned it up.
On the Bills next possession in the second quarter, Pace had another QB pressure, when he got in to Fitz’s face and the quarterback had to throw a pass into the ground – Chandler was in the area, so it wasn’t intentional ground.
We will wrap up our defensive breakdown with an update at 9 PM tonight, which will also have some notes from Jets Camp.