2016 Season Blog.

Pats Vs Jets.

2nd Quarter.


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I decided to really start in the 2nd quarter, because the 1st was so ugly for the Pats. Plus, my cable was going in and out and off and on, and I had gaps in the recording all the way up to this point, and the internet wasn't working. It was a frustrating ugly mess, like the Pats V. Jets 1st quarter.

The Jets came out with 10:40 to go in the 2nd quarter up 10-3. This was really the low point in the game for the Pats. They just drove all the way down field, and fell apart in the Redzone. The Jets lined up in a 4-Wide Pistol. The Pats matched up in a 3-3 Nickel with five guys on the line. Fitz handed the ball off. Malcolm Brown made a great play. He jammed the ORG right into the path of Forte, and then shed him and tackled Forte. Sheard jumped in from the side to help out.

2nd and 9, the Jets lined up 4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 3-2 Dime with Hightower and Van Noy at ILB. They both blitz. Van Noy found a crack through the line, showing his knack for hitting the quarterback, and smashed into the RB blocking in the hole. He shed him quick, and flushed Fitz out of the pocket. Fitz ran for his life to his right, and hit Robby Anderson on an Out.

Anderson caught it and stopped, as Butler slide by him. He turned up field inside, as Butler turned and chased. McCourty gave him a great form tackle, and put his face in Anderson's gut. Which allowed Butler to turn in front of him, and he punched the ball out with a great right cross.

The ball fell straight down, and Butler dived right on it and scooped it in. "That's the goal every week," Butler said. "To make plays, create turnovers and get the ball to the offense so they can add more points to the board. Like I said once before, we have to continue to build on it and just keep 'scribing." This was the first key turning point in the game.

The Pats come out with 9:46 to go in the 2nd, after Butler caused the fumble and recovered it. "It was big," McCourty said. "I think I said it during the week. Nothing will help us more than cutting some drives. Like Malcolm [Butler's forced fumble], they get a play on the scramble. He punches a ball out. We don't have to see any more of that drive. So, it's huge. They showed to be a big factor today." It was a truly great play by Butler and Van Noy.

"We work on turnovers every day. We work on getting the ball off of runners or receivers and different angles and so forth, so they have basic fundamentals that we coach," BB said. "Each play is different. Each situation is different; which hand the runner has the ball in and where we're positioned and so forth. We talk about it. We emphasize it. We have drills to work on but each situation is different,

"And it was a great awareness play by Malcolm to be able to quickly get his hand in there and literally punch the ball out while it was just a little bit away from Anderson's body. It was a very instinctive play with a very quick reaction by Malcolm to take advantage of a brief opportunity. It is something that we coach but I can't say that we've been in that situation or every situation like that. The situation Chris [Long] was in was another situation we practice every week and I'd say that was a little more of a text book case. It's awareness and it's the player's judgment and ability to create pressure on the ball."

They lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. Brady finally had some time. He hit Edelman on a corner route from the slot. He cut under Hogan, caught the ball, and dragged both feet down to make the tricky reception on the sideline.

1st and 10 at the 32, the Pats lined up in a Twins-R I. They ran a Smash, right out of Madden, for very little. The O-line got some push, but Darren Lee filled the hole and grabbed Blount. Then he was swarmed over by a pack of wild dogs.

2nd and 10, the Pats lined up in a trips left Weak shotgun. They fussed Bennett around on the edge. Then Brady threw it to him on a bubble screen. He caught it, and ran over Skrine, and knocked his helmet right off with the back of his ankle. Then he showed his speed to almost beat two more DBs for Five.

3rd and 5, the Pats lined up empty. The Jets brought four, and the O-line formed a nice pocket. Edelman lined up in the middle of the trips Right. Just as the middle of the pocket was collapsing into Brady, Edelman curled over the middle. Brady hit him for a quick 6-yards.

1st and 10 at the 20, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun, and Hogan motioned behind Brady. Brady handed the ball to Dion. He hit the hole, and saw that is was clogged. Thuney had pulled in front of him to the right. And the Jets D-line followed him. Dion saw the hole that Thuney had pulled from on the left was abandoned, and simply exploded in the other direction with an elite hop cut. He blasted right inside of Solder straight up field. Then he galloped to the outside, and cut behind Mitchell trying to block Revis on the numbers. He crashed into a couple defenders at the Five.

1st and goal, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady handed the ball to Dion. He ran a dive. He got low, but he didn't get much. He tried to cut between Andrews and Thuney, but Thuney got beat by an inside swim move by Richardson to hit him at the line. But he ducked under him for a yard.

2nd and Goal at the 4, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak Shotgun. Brady ran a play action to Julian on a Set-Sweep. "I was trying to put it in Julian Edelman's pocket and it just hit off his hip and dropped to the ground," Brady said. "So I picked it up really quickly, so I can gather. Malcolm did a great job of running across the back end. He gave me a chance to make the play. He made a lot of great catches today. It's not how we drew it up, but it worked." The ball caught on Julian's hip, and bobbled in the air.

Brady was looking at White, as the ball floated ever so terrifying to the ground. "He dropped the ball," Bowles said. "That's hesitation. He dropped the ball and scooped it back up. When you blink, you have hesitation. The rushers eased up and that's hesitation. It was on everybody." No one seemed to get close to him as the ball bounced off the turf, as all the defenders who saw the bobble hesitated for just a split second.

Luckily it dribbled straight back up and into his hands. He was going to go to White. But by the time he got the ball back on his fingers White wasn't an option. He spotted Mitchell crossing deep in the Endzone. "That just comes from practice," Mitchell said. "I try to work as hard as I can to prepare for any opportunity.  I never know when they will come. When they do I try to be ready." He was ready. Brady turned and threw to Malcolm. "I think Malcolm has done a lot to gain everyone's trust because he shows up every day, works his butt off, and is so committed to the team," Brady said. "Football means a lot to him. He's come through in the clutch, so we keep giving him opportunities." The ball went just over Mitchell's head.

He reached up for the ball off balance, pulled it in, crashed to the turf; and held on. "Malcolm's done a good job for us all year, all the way back to the spring and OTA's and all the way through training camp," BB said. "He missed some time in camp after he got injured. He's always hung with it, mentally staying on top of it. He's just getting a little bit better every week. It's a long season for the rookies. We've got a lot of guys like Malcolm, Joe [Thuney], Vincent, Jonathan Jones, guys like that that really come through for us week after week. Malcolm made some big plays today." I thought he was the star of game. Pat-10. Jets-10.

The Jets came out 1st and 10, and Motioned into a twin TE-left Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 4-2 Nickel, with a Chung in the box. Sheard shoved the ORT almost into Fitz. It forced Fitz to dump it off to Forte in the flat. Forte turned up field for a few more, as Butler jammed him out of bounds.

2nd and 5, the Jets motioned into a Strong formation. The Pats matched up in the same 4-2, with Chung lined up on Jenkins. Forte ran it up the gut for Four. Brown, Branch, Hightower, and McCourty made the tackle.

3rd and 1, the Jets lined up in a 3-TE Singleback. The Pats matched up 4-4, with three guys standing up in front of the TEs. Branch jumped off side.

1st and 10, the Jets came out in a 3-Wide Strong formation, and motioned into a Weak. The Pats matched up in a 3-3 Nickel with one ILB. They ran Forte to the right. Sheard and Brown met him at the line, and Branch helped to bring him down.

2nd and 8, the Jets lined up in a 3-Wide I-Pistol. The Pats matched up in a 2-4 Nickel with two ILB. Van Noy blitzed the A-Gap and got pressure on Fitz. Ryan blitzed into the backfield, and hit the RB as Fitz was forced to dump it off by Van Noy. Ryan almost caught the INT.

3rd and 8, Jets Empty. The Pats matched up in a 1-4, with four guys on the Line. Fitz had too much time. Enunwa had the time to go deep over the middle for 21. He beat Chung and got inside of Harmon.

1st and 10 at the 42, the Jets came out in a Weak formation. The Pats matched up in a 4-2 with a Safety in the box. They ran Forte up the gut. He cut to the left behind the FB. Hightower, Chung, and McClellin make the tackle.

2nd and 7, Jets went back into the Pistol. The Pats matched up with a 3-3 Nickel with one ILB. Branch spun up the middle, and forced Fitz to take off to his right. He dumped it off to Forte in the flat again.

3rd and 4, Empty. The Pats matched up in a 3-2 Dime. The Pats sent three, and really guarded the magic yellow line in coverage. Fitz tried to hit Jalen Marshall, who was the only WR past the marker. Rowe knocked the ball out to force the FG attempt. Branch blocked the field goal. The ball was scooped up by Hightower, and he returned it to the Pats 46 at the two-minute warning.

"The blocked field goal: I think it was a combination of good surge inside from not just Alan [Branch] but the whole interior part of the rush, and then it was a long kick. I think it was about 53, 54 yards. So he and Malcom Brown were both lined up on the guard. I think that was Winters. So they kind of both moved him back a little bit with some penetration and Valentine coming from the other side," BB said. "Alan got his hand up. Again, it was a long kick. The ball was driven a little bit to get that distance on it. Alan's tall, has long arms, and got up there. I'd say that's not an uncommon play on a kick like that. If you can get a little penetration and get your hands up and if the kicker drives the ball you've got a shot at it."

This was a great stop led by the Pats D-line, who really dominated this series. "We had our moments," BB said. "At times we had a little too much space in there. Overall I thought we were competitive in the running game. We gave up a lot of big plays. We had a few no gains and a negative play early in the game. We were able to get them in some third-and-nines, third-and-tens, and those kind of situations when they weren't able to run the ball, make it third-and-three, third-and-four. They're tough to defend. They go in those five-receiver sets. It's a lot to defend. I thought we were competitive in the running game. Branch, as usual, does a good job eating up a couple blockers in there or piling things up inside. I thought he did some of that too, Malcom and Alan both. Playing with two defensive big lineman puts a lot of pressure on them."

The Pat lined up on 1st and 10, in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. They ran a play action to Blount that fooled me. Then Brady slung it to rising star Malcolm Mitchell. He slanted through the box. He caught the ball smoothly over his head again. He was tackled over the magic yellow line for a First.

1st and 10 at the 43, Pats in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady looked down field, and then turned and fired to White sneaking out of the backfield. He ran out of bounds for nothing.

2nd and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Shotgun. Brady faked it to the RB. Then faked the Screen to Edelman, and looked deep down field. But it was well covered so he finally slung it to Edelman who was still waiting in the flat for the ball. Edelman leaped up and caught it, and ran for 8.

3rd and 2, Pats in a Strong formation, like they plan on going for it on 4th down. They ran play action. Brady hit Hogan dragging over the middle. He made a great cut up field for the First, and kept going a little longer.

1st and 10 at the 21. "Usually you try to save that timeout to setup for the field goal," BB said. "We tried to press it a little bit. We went with the four verticals. We had a close play with Malcolm in the end zone. We thought we could press it and take a shot there rather than huddle up and let everybody get organized. We have to do a little better in that situation."

The Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady had a perfect pocket. He threw the ball deep to Mitchell in the endzone. Mitchell leaped up and tried to pull it in. But the CB got a hand up and pulled the ball down. Gostkowski came out and missed the field goal to end the half at 10-10.

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