3. The Secondary is Opportunistic
How does a defense help an offense that might not be at the level of talent it wants to be? Give them short fields, that’s how. Take the ball away from the other team and give your offense short fields. How often, in the past, have we been hungry for a turnover with none to be found? We have gone through that forever. The Jets couldn’t buy a turnover for a long time, am I right?
Against the Browns, however, the secondary showed just how opportunistic it can be. They came up with two interceptions, one by Morris Claiborne and one by rookie Marcus Maye. Both were big, but the Claiborne one in particular set the Jets up with a very short field. He returned it to the Browns 13, and two plays later McCown hit Seferian-Jenkins for the go-ahead touchdown pass. It was the perfect way for a defense to help out an offense that isn’t as equipped as other offenses are.
This is another element that will have to be part of the Jets game if they are going to win any of their upcoming games. This offense will not be able to simply outduel these tougher opponents. The defense will have to be there to make plays for them. Turnovers will be essential. Otherwise, this will be the last win we talk about for a while.