Monday, January 25, 2021

Opponent Profile – New York Jets (A)

Head Coach – Adam Gase
Offensive Playcaller – Adam Gase
Defensive Playcaller – Gregg Williams
Offensive Captains – Sam Darnold, George Fant
Defensive Captains – Steve McLendon, Marcus Maye
Special Teams Captains – Matthias Farley
2019 Record – 7-9
Key Acquisition – George Fant


Our Miami Dolphins will face the New York Jets for the second time, this time with Tua Tagovailoa at the helm, subject to a thumb injury sustained in practice. These New York Football Jets are on their way to a 0-16 season, aiming for Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Right now Adam Gase’s team are 0-10, with 5 more losses since we last faced them.

That game ended 24-0 to the Dolphins and saw Tua gain his first NFL snaps on the final drive. Since then the Jets have lost to the Bills, Chiefs, Patriots, and Chargers and are a better football team than they were six weeks ago.

At Quarterback, it’s looking like Sam Darnold will return from an injured throwing shoulder and will start having been a full participant on Friday practice. To be completely honest, I don’t think it really matters who starts at QB for the New York Jets though, as Flacco and Darnold have been just as bad as each other. PFF have the third-year starter 34th with a passing grade of 57.1, whilst Flacco is 36th with 55.8.

Whilst at receiver, the New York Jets actually have a lot of talent, perhaps more so than Miami. Denzel Mims has been outstanding since his debut a month ago, he’s not scored a touchdown yet but is averaging 54 yards per game with Joe Flacco at Quarterback. We could do with a proper slot receiver like Jamison Crowder in the Dolphins receiver room, he’s PFF’s 36th graded wideout ahead of the likes of Juju Smith-Schuster and John Brown. The 6th year player has missed time this year and has still put up 425 yards and 3 TD’s on the year. Breshad Perriman is a gadget deep threat that will always pose problems too.

Jets WR Denzel Mims will face the Dolphins for the first time.

That offensive line grades pretty well too, better than ours anyway. Mekhi Becton is the New York Jets 3rd best offensive player according to PFF, behind Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims. In fact places, 4-8 are all lineman with Becton, Alex Lewis, and Greg Van Roten all grading in the top half of all eligible lineman.

The running back position isn’t that great which will help Miami tenfold, the two biggest weaknesses with this Dolphins team are running the ball and stopping the run, so the fact that Lamical Perine is now on IR and that an ancient Frank Gore is the lead back will massively help them.

Other than that the Offense is a whole load of bad. Defensively however, they’re a little better. Marcus Maye is really really good and has learned from Gregg Williams massively, just as did Damarious Randall in his Cleveland team. He picked off Fitz last game. PFF has him as their third-ranked safety ahead of the likes of Budda Baker and Minkah. Whoever plays between Tua and Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to look out for him. The New York Jets have a pretty good corner too in Brian Poole, he’s got two picks on the year and is excellent off the corner blitz.

The Jets d-line is also pretty good, and ranks highly with PFF. Not one of them has played more than 400 snaps proving that rotation is key. Something Tua may struggle with should he play. Quinnen Williams has piped up since those trade rumours at the deadline whilst fellow interior players Folorunso Fatukasi and Henry Anderson are in the top 50% of IDL.

Linebackers aren’t that great, awful in fact. When ex-Dolphin Neville Hewitt starts for you, you know you’ve got a problem. Avery Williamson was traded away on deadline day, leaving Harvey Langi with more snaps. He’s been awful for the New York Jets though, with a measly 42.4 total defense grade. Something for Chan Gailey to target.

That’s it for the New York Jets Opponent Profile, it won’t be an easy win whatsoever. If we can start fast and get out in front I’m certain the Dolphins will beat the New York Jets, if not, it could be a long day.

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