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Jets take unusual approach in preparing for Ravens defense

Week 1 is all the time a problem for NFL groups. It is difficult to game-plan for a group who has not but performed a sport. Teams present nothing and play no person in the preseason anymore. For the Jets, the problem of this week has been even harder for the reason that Ravens modified defensive coordinators.

Baltimore employed Mike Macdonald this offseason to switch longtime coordinator Wink Martindale, who’s now in the identical function with the Giants. Macdonald had been a position coach in Baltimore for a number of years beneath Martindale then went to Michigan final year to be the Wolverines’ coordinator.

That meant Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur spent a number of time watching Big Ten soccer not too long ago.

“I mean, that was his first-year coordinating, so you had to put in a lot of time,” LaFleur mentioned. “I mean, there’s probably about 1,100 plays of Michigan defense and you tried to figure out the defenses, the games, the offenses that kind of had an NFL style type deal, so you got to watch the Georgias, the Michigan States, somewhat of the Ohio States, even though they’re a little bit more open than most NFL teams, but yeah, you have to go back and leave no stone unturned.”

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This is LeFleur’s second year on the job and he feels extra comfy now than he did a year in the past.

“It’s Week One, so is there more comfort going into year two?” LaFleur mentioned. “Yeah, there’s more comfort anytime you have experience in anything, but again, there’s so much because it’s game one that you have to be prepared for, to get your players prepared for it, but yeah, I’d say the comforts definitely there.”


The Jets have emphasised on defense this week that they have to cease the Ravens on first and second downs in order to maintain Lamar Jackson and company out of third-and-short after they virtually all the time convert.

“When you go back and look at it, typically, when you watch a team and you study short yardages, three, four short-yard snaps a game,” Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich mentioned. “It looks like these guys have 10, 11, 12, 13 third-and-1s, third-and-2s, fourth-and-1s a sport, in order that they stay in that third-and-short window as a result of they’re so environment friendly on first and second down, so to maintain them out of quick yards, we’ve received to win first down, we do, we’ve received to win first down.

“It goes back to the run defense, has to be exceptional this game and if you do that, you give yourself an opportunity to play against a little bit more normal football on second down and when you do that, hopefully you can get them into the third and longer windows where it gives us the ability to be a little bit more creative.”

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