The Jets’ problem isn’t halftime speeches

Brandon Marshall gave a half-time speech against New England that irked some teammates. The announcement was made by ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

We can debate the merits of the speech all we want, but speeches won’t fix what troubles the Jets.

It’s not an effort issue (aside from perhaps one guy).

The Jets #1 problem is pass coverage. I have been covering the Jets for 20 years, and this is some of the worst pass coverage I’ve ever seen. When you play this kind of pass defense, in a passing league, you are going to get your butt’s kicked more times than not.

You have some guys who lack ideal speed, some who lack ideal instincts and some who have hip stiffness issues (makes it hard to cut with guys in the open field). It’s a confluence of problems that is leading to good quarterbacks (not San Francisco, Cleveland and Buffalo) playing pitch-and-catch against them like it’s a seven-on-seven drill.

And compounding the problem is almost no edge pass rush (essential in a 3-4 defense).

Bad coverage and virtually no edge rush = blowout losses in the NFL.

You can understand Marshall’s frustration with what he was watching, but speeches aren’t going to fix this.

An off-season of good personnel moves will.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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