By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
It is difficult to determine whether the Jets success on Subday was because the Jets are truly that good or if the Bills were that disappointing.
Let’s take a look at the Jets touchdown to Stephen Hill to break down why the Jets offensive success was a mix of the two.
Take a look at the route combinations the Jets receivers are running. This is clearly a “shot” play with all three of their receiving threats going deep. Holmes (to Sanchez’s right) and Hill (to the left) are running streaks, and Jeff Cumberland is running a rounded post in the middle.
The Bills’s coverage is a bit odd: They are playing man-to-man on the outside, but the linebackers are sitting in a zone to bracket the underneath route. This could be a Cover 2, or it could be a mixed coverage – the actual assignments are unknown. Only the Bills know the exact coverage type.
In any case, as you can see, the Bills safeties both help to cover the middle route, which is being run by Jeff Cumberland. That’s right—the Bills were willing to leave Holmes and Hill in single coverage to triple team Jeff Cumberland.
Bold strategy to say the least.
Sanchez has two easy options between Holmes and Hill in single coverage. Since Hill was able to just abuse Stephon Gilmore, running him over to get wide open, Sanchez makes the easy throw to hit Hill in the corner of the end zone, and Jarius Byrd was too far away to do anything about it.
Therefore, it is easy to see that while the Bills’ ineptitude made this an easy read for Sanchez, Hill was able to beat his man and Sanchez delivered a ball right away. If Sanchez hesitated, Byrd could have been able to make a play on the ball.
This is just one more sign that our young Sanchito is becoming more confident and comfortable in Tony Sparano’s offense—and Stephen Hill is more physically dominant than we expected.