The Jets may very well be known as 49ers East this yr.
New head coach Robert Saleh spent 4 seasons as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator beneath Kyle Shanahan, and he has introduced loads of issues from the Bay Space with him to Florham Park. 9 of his assistant coaches had been with San Francisco up to now few years.
That’s the reason it’s honest to take a look at how the 49ers do issues and count on the Jets to be run in a similar way. We all know that offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is bringing the Shanahan offense with him to the Jets. We all know that the protection that Saleh used to make the 49ers top-of-the-line within the NFL is now being taught at One Jets Drive.
Digging a bit of deeper, The Publish was given copies of two pages of what you may name the Shanahan Bible, which particulars his offensive and defensive philosophies. The e-book is distributed to workers members and goes over numerous particulars of his program, however these two pages zero in on philosophy.
Although we don’t know if Saleh is taking these word-for-word to the Jets, it’s secure to imagine his philosophy has been closely influenced by these pages and there’s something comparable being preached to the Jets.
Right here’s a glance, with some evaluation (every little thing in quotes is from the pages, together with the phrases in all caps):
1. Maximize the strengths of our personnel, beginning with the quarterback
The Shanahan offense is getting used everywhere in the NFL. However every model is a bit of bit totally different, and that is most likely why. The Packers, beneath LaFleur’s older brother Matt, are in a position to do issues with Aaron Rodgers that Arthur Smith can’t do in Atlanta with Matt Ryan.
“The offense should not solely match the personnel,” the entry reads, “it should even be particularly tailor-made to MAXIMIZE THE STRENGTHS of our gamers.”
Will probably be fascinating to see how LaFleur does this with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, who is nice on the transfer. Will the Jets incorporate extra rollouts? Will they attempt to get him out of the pocket?
2. Develop offensive identification and core methods
That is about repetition and permitting gamers to react as a substitute of suppose, one thing Saleh speaks about typically.
“Our base offense (outsize zone, inside zone, play motion move, keepers, screens, dropback ideas) must be developed in OTAs and drilled again and again all through coaching camp. These set of performs and methods will likely be used all year long in numerous sport plans based mostly off of the scheme we’re going towards the gamers we’ve got accessible. … TECHNIQUES MUST BE DRILLED again and again to permit gamers to REACT as a substitute of suppose, which is able to MAXIMIZE THEIR CONFIDENCE.”
3. Gameplanning to assault the weak spot of the protection of our weekly opponent (Schematic/Personnel)
Most coaches speak about being game-plan particular. Shanahan emphasizes tailoring the plan not solely to attacking the opponents’ weaknesses, but additionally to being cognizant of his personal gamers’ strengths and limitations “so as to PUT THEM IN A POSITION TO SUCCEED each time they take the sector.”
4. Keep a balanced offense
That is the core of the Shanahan offense. Make the protection defend the run and the move by being efficient at each and making them each look comparable.
“We’ll preserve a 50-50 BALANCE between run and move on 1st and 2nd down. To achieve the NFL, you will need to pressure the protection to defend the run and move. … The purpose is to pressure a protection to must decide to stopping considered one of these phases, consequently rendering them susceptible within the different part.”
2. Hole sound protection that stops the run
As a lot because the NFL has turn out to be a passing league, it nonetheless comes again to stopping the run on protection. The Jets are relying on Quinnen Williams and Sheldon Rankins being stout up the center.
“Stopping the run makes the offense PREDICTABLE and EASY TO EXPLOIT. We’ll play SOUND and DISCIPLINED hole protection to forestall lengthy runs. It will SET UP MORE LONG 3RD DOWNS forcing offenses to take extra dangers, leading to MORE QB HITS AND TURNOVERS.”
2. Personnel that’s constructed by the defensive position/move rush
Saleh is just not a blitzer. The philosophy right here is to get to the quarterback together with your defensive position. We noticed the Jets hand out their greatest free-agent contract to edge rusher Carl Lawson for a cause. The Jets misplaced Lawson to harm and now should discover others to get to the quarterback.
“Pressuring the quarterback is the secret. The less gamers wanted to realize strain, the higher your protection will likely be. We’ll design our defensive personnel in order that we will GET TO THE QUARTERBACK WITH JUST 4 PLAYERS. Defenses that may strain the quarterback whereas dropping 7 gamers into protection are one of the best defenses.”
3. Sound, aggressive protection
The Jets have very younger cornerbacks. You possibly can wager this entry has been drilled of their heads. Be aggressive, however not too aggressive.
“An aggressive protection CREATES TURNOVERS, however it might additionally make errors if not persistently SOUND. Sound, aggressive protection will MAKE THE OFFENSE WORK FOR EVERYTHING.”
4. Lead in lowest factors allowed, not yards allowed
We regularly deal with whole yards allowed when evaluating defenses. That’s not how this workers measures success.
“Our defensive purpose is to guide the league in LOWEST POINTS ALLOWED, not yards allowed. Even when the opposing offense is on our purpose line, we’ve got the chance to STOP THEM. This will likely be our mentality all through every sport, and all year long.”
5. We wish gamers which can be violent tacklers who can run
The Jets drafted faculty safeties Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen, and are turning them into linebackers. One factor that has been talked about about each gamers is their tackling capability. Saleh likes to make use of the phrase “violent” when describing tacklers.
“A defensive participant is nothing if not a sound tackler. Tackling is just not a weak spot that our teaching workers will tolerate. It should solely be a energy. We’ll goal FAST gamers who’re sound tacklers and who SWARM TO THE FOOTBALL on each play. A group protection is a scary protection. WE will solely have gamers who play with depth in order that we will play the form of TEAM DEFENSE that can INTIMIDATE OUR OPPONENTS.”