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Jets ponder how to rattle Peyton Manning

RexRyan.jpgEvery attacking defense faces the same dilemma against Peyton Manning.  How much do you blitz a guy that knows what’s coming?

“I think you have to do something,” Rex Ryan said in the first of two press conferences Wednesday.  “You’ve got to try to get him off the spot.  He’s seen it all, but you just hope for a slight hesitation.”

We charted the first half of Jets-Colts from Week Sixteen, and the Jets blitzed on most downs, usually sending five defenders.  It wasn’t particularly effective.

The Colts only led 9-3 at halftime, but Manning left a lot of points on the board by missing open throws to Reggie Wayne (twice), and Dallas Clark.  New York’s pressure did not get home, but safety Kerry Rhodes says Manning is like any quarterback if you get to him.

You don’t fear anybody. And no quarterback is beyond getting rattled,”
Rhodes told the New York Daily News. “Even
with Peyton Manning, you get to him a couple of times, he’s going to
rush his throw. The pressure can affect the way he throws. You don’t
have to sack him.”

The Ravens got decent pressure on Manning last week, and made him complete throws into small windows.  They also tried to punish the Colts receivers for their catches.

The Jets may have the best tackling defense in the league.  They would be well served to try to rattle the young Indianapolis receivers as much as Manning.

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41 Responses to “Jets ponder how to rattle Peyton Manning”
  1. jimbofungus11 says: Jan 20, 2010 2:36 PM

    Gotta take a page out of the Patriots book from earlier in the decade and HIT EVERYONE. Put the onus on the refs to make the call and Pman to be perfect.
    While I have heard alot about how Manning is the best in the league vs the Blitz, I would think Rex will have at least something in store for him that he hasn’t seen.

  2. doric44 says: Jan 20, 2010 2:38 PM

    you wanna rattle Peyton all the jets need to do is tell Peyton Sony HDTV sucks and he will go nuts …just watch his commercials on that subject

  3. slipkid says: Jan 20, 2010 2:50 PM

    5 blitzers every down isnt the way. especially if they are the same guys every time. they have to mix it up and not reveal what they are doing until the ball is hiked.
    and blitz a cb periodically and also drop a lineman into coverage. dont do the same thing twice in a row.
    the colts receivers are fast, however, and games at the LoS can backfire.

  4. Bubby Brister says: Jan 20, 2010 2:51 PM

    Steelers/Colts ’05 divisional game might be worth taking a gander, Sexy Rexy.

  5. Silver Back says: Jan 20, 2010 2:53 PM

    Peyton gets rattled like everyone else. The difference is that when screws up it’s never his fault. The picks last week were other receivers fault. He’s 8-8 in the playoffs. Plenty of teams have figured Peyton out and so will the Jets. I doubt they will win but it will be the Colts defense that will be responsible for this victory.

  6. Levito says: Jan 20, 2010 2:57 PM

    you couldn’t get a picture of Rex Ryan in Jets gear?

  7. Tyler says: Jan 20, 2010 2:57 PM

    ” They would be well served to try to rattle the young Indianapolis receivers …”
    You mean dirty hits? Nice thing to suggest.

  8. holycow says: Jan 20, 2010 3:01 PM

    16 INTs this season shows it cane be done.

  9. Tombstone7 says: Jan 20, 2010 3:02 PM

    I can’t wait to see the look on Rex Ryan’s face during the last minute of the game when the Colts are sucking the air out of their year…..I call Ryan’s comments bold talk from the son of a fat man!

  10. Topher says: Jan 20, 2010 3:03 PM

    The Colts have the best tackling defense in the league. The Jets are great at lots of things defensively, but they are not better tacklers than the Colts.

  11. Hap says: Jan 20, 2010 3:06 PM

    I’m not sure it can be done.
    Maybe turn The Vikes d-line loose on him like they were on Romo.

  12. jetermkt55 says: Jan 20, 2010 3:10 PM

    Peyton moves well in the pocket, and he gets the ball out before the pressure arrives, but he’s not especially mobile, so maybe the Jets should bring more of their interior blitzes, as opposed to their overloads, in an attempt to limit Manning’s ability to step up into his throws, and to potentially force him to throw outside of the pocket.

  13. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 20, 2010 3:10 PM

    Eat a Fig Newton isntead of an Oreo, buy a Samsung instead of a Sony and use your Mastercard instead of American Express. That should do the trick.

  14. Tombstone7 says: Jan 20, 2010 3:12 PM

    Sorta off subject, but why hasn’t Jim Plunkett made the Hall of Fame? Super Bowl MVP…I’m sure his numbers are good enough…anyone knows why?

  15. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Jan 20, 2010 3:15 PM

    Wow, thanks SlipKid, I am sure no coach in the NFL has thought of that before, the Broncos are going to be calling, with them needing a DC…… Dont go anywhere, you dont want to miss Josh McDaniels’ call….

  16. Deb says: Jan 20, 2010 3:16 PM

    I’ll admit Manning looks robotic–so did Brady in ’07. But you rattle him the same way you rattle any other QB: Get in his face, rush him, hit him, sack him. Be like the gnats at a picnic–give him no rest. And pick him off a couple of times. Manning doesn’t respond well when he’s picked off. He starts making that pouty face. The Jets don’t have the personnel of last year’s Ravens’ D, but they do have Ryan and he knows what it takes. And they have Revis.

  17. pubobby2004 says: Jan 20, 2010 3:22 PM

    if you can’t get to manning WITHOUT blitzing you have no shot. the colts have too many receivers to give up a defender against them.
    if you leave even one guy uncovered, Peyton will find him. he needs pretty much no time, and always knows where his guys are.

  18. steeelfann says: Jan 20, 2010 3:30 PM

    I’m thinking if Rex Ryan comes out in a jockstrap to coach the Jets against the Colts, it is all over. No way can Peyton continue to function normally. Game over, Jets win. Course, everyone else loses.

  19. WetHog says: Jan 20, 2010 3:30 PM

    How can the Jets rattle Peyton Manning? Easy, get Rex Ryan to take off his shirt on all 3rd down offensive plays for the Colts and do the “truffle shuffle”.

  20. Katmanduu says: Jan 20, 2010 3:31 PM

    The Jets are gonna get their fannies toasted on Sunday. Maybe that will finally shut these obnoxious J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets fans up.

  21. Booner says: Jan 20, 2010 3:31 PM

    To Tombstone7:
    Plunkett’s not in the Hall of Fame because, except for one year, he sucked!! His numbers sucked, he sucked and his teammates thought he sucked.

  22. Robj says: Jan 20, 2010 3:40 PM

    pubobby2004 said:
    “if you can’t get to manning WITHOUT blitzing you have no shot. the colts have too many receivers to give up a defender against them.”
    This is true for every team EXCEPT the Jets.
    With Darelle Revis, Lito Shepherd, and Kerry Rhodes in the secondary (especially Revis. He’s looked like Deion this year) we can afford to blitz.
    It’s why we had the best Pass Def in the NFL.
    …can’t stop doing what got you here.

  23. Deb says: Jan 20, 2010 3:43 PM

    @Tombstone7 …
    Yes, it is off-topic, but I just read something on that, so here goes …
    Peter King of Sports Illustrated has a Hall of Fame vote but won’t be using it for Plunkett because, as he says, it takes more than winning a couple of SBs to make the Hall. Voters look at the totality of the career, and though he did well with the Raiders, he had long abysmal years w/the 49ers and Pats. Back then Plunkett had a -34 TD-to-INT differential, .525 completion, and finished in the top five just once in passing yards but was 5 times in the top five for INTs. Though his career w/the Raiders was better, he played only three full seasons of the nine he was there.
    So King said he thinks Plunkett did a good job leading the Raiders to two SB titles but doesn’t belong in the HoF.

  24. boltschick says: Jan 20, 2010 3:49 PM

    I think you can get in Peyton’s head with trash talk.
    Shaun Phillips talked up a storm in their last playoff game against the Colts and Peyton had a pretty bad game.
    Shaun was mic’d up for the game. He said things like “I’m gonna put you on your head and call you Eli.” It was pretty funny.
    Speaking of funny, I love Peyton’s commercials. He should be an actor when he retires.

  25. KnuckleBucket says: Jan 20, 2010 3:51 PM

    @ steeelfann
    You hit it on the head man. But then I wouldn’t be able to watch the game without vomiting into my nachos.

  26. pubobby2004 says: Jan 20, 2010 3:59 PM

    @ Robj
    good points. its nice to see some actual relevant debate here.
    but you only named 3 guys in the secondary… we have 3 top WR’s, a pro-bowl TE, and 3 excellent RB’s to deal with…
    i think this game will greatly resemble IND vs BAL
    Colts 23-13

  27. FootballFanatik says: Jan 20, 2010 4:07 PM

    How to rattle Peyton? Reach in the sides of his pants, take the part of his thong that lies right over his hips, and PULLLLL them over his shoulders, like a pair of suspenders. Colossal wedge= instantly rattled.
    Hey…it could work.

  28. DiamondDuq says: Jan 20, 2010 4:15 PM

    I love all these “know-it-alls” trying to critique and judge how to rush Manning. Everything that has been mentioned on this post has been picked apart piece by piece for years. The truth is, there is no answer to how to attack Manning, otherwise everyone would be doing it already. The truth is, no quarterback in the history of the football has made better in-game adjustments either. You may come up with a perfect game plan to defense Manning and the Colts but Manning will figure it out and in most cases he does it long before it’s too late. You’re not going to out scheme Peyton Manning, you simply have to beat him, straight up, head-to-head. That being said, you do have to continually change things up, don’t ever feel like you’ve “found something” because as soon as you think that Manning will have figured it out and burn you!

  29. mdterpfan88 says: Jan 20, 2010 4:18 PM

    I think the Jets should take a good hard look at the Patriots vs. Colts of this past year. Patriots seemed to have a good game plan in place except for going for it on 4th down in their own territory.

  30. jcjets says: Jan 20, 2010 4:25 PM

    Rivers isn’t the QB that Manning is, but before the Chargers game everyone was saying how great he was at dealing with the blitz. The INT he threw to Leonhard there wasn’t heavy pressure, but he was standing in his own endzone and got rattled.

  31. Robj says: Jan 20, 2010 4:29 PM

    pubobby2004 says:
    January 20, 2010 3:59 PM
    “@ Robj
    good points. its nice to see some actual relevant debate here.
    but you only named 3 guys in the secondary… we have 3 top WR’s, a pro-bowl TE, and 3 excellent RB’s to deal with…
    i think this game will greatly resemble IND vs BAL
    Colts 23-13”
    We had the best Pass Def in the league because we can stop multiple targets. The Chargers only amassed 14 pts.
    Oh, and I don’t think the RB’s on the team that was last in Rushing yds per game and 2nd-to-last in yards per rushing attempt will be a factor…against a very good Jets Defense.
    I respectfully disagree and think this game will resemble the Jets – Chargers game.
    Jets 21
    Colts 17

  32. kpweaver27 says: Jan 20, 2010 4:34 PM

    Someone hit the nail on the head saying the only way to have real success against Peyton is to good good pressure without blitzing every down. The Jets’ defensive ends are injured and ineffective, probably the only weak spot in the defense. They do have two good DBs in Revis and Sheppard, but c’mon, Rhodes? He was demoted for the longest time. There’s simply no one to cover Clark, especially if Revis and Sheppard go back and forth between Wayne and Garcon. Collie and Clark will do very well.
    Joseph Addai could be big by picking up blitzes and being available as a receiver if the Jets blitz too much. I think it’s interesting though that the matchup everyone focuses on is Manning v Jets D seeing as those are the two elite units. The more important matchup is the Jets offense versus the Colts D. The Colts could legitimately shut out the Jets.

  33. Robj says: Jan 20, 2010 4:34 PM

    DiamondDuq says:
    January 20, 2010 4:15 PM
    I love all these “know-it-alls” trying to critique and judge how to rush Manning.
    Fact is, if any ordinary football fan sat in on an NFL offensive/defensive meeting, we’d all be scratching our heads.

  34. New York Sack Exchange says: Jan 20, 2010 4:37 PM

    NYJ need to play their game just like last week. I like how Ryan won’t hit the panic button and stray away from their gameplan if things aren’t going their way and I expect more of the same this week. Manning will get in the end zone, no doubt, but the D will keep it close, and close is exactly how the Jets want the game to be. Sunday should be fun, and if we don’t end up in Miami, no worries, this team is deep enough to make a run at the title for the next 2-3 years.

  35. frox says: Jan 20, 2010 4:45 PM

    While everyone knows that the Ravens have lost 8 in a row to the Colts, keep in mind that 6 of those were with Rex on the staff, most of which (but not all) as the DC. So this is not his first crack at Manning and he has not had much success in terms of wins and losses in the past.

  36. habibfromnewdehli says: Jan 20, 2010 4:48 PM

    Rex Ryan had a defensive game plan that SHUT DOWN Peyton Manning in 2006 when he was with the Ravens. He held the Colts to 5 field goals, with three of them being 41/48/51 yards.
    This game isn’t going to be about the Jets stopping Peyton Manning and the Colts. It’s going to be about if the Jets offense doesn’t sabotage the game like the Ravens offense did in 2006.
    I have a feeling they won’t because they won’t be afraid to do what they did all season… RUN THE DAMN BALL!

  37. bspurloc says: Jan 20, 2010 4:52 PM

    No way the way you stop a quarterback is by COVERING……….
    You see how effective that is with Tom Brady breaking the completion record and then Kurt Warner doing it next…..
    The Giants should not have rushed Brady in the Super Bowl because he is an outstanding quarter back with outstanding receivers. After all they broke the record for touchdowns in a season….
    Rushing is not the answer, the Giants should not have won that game, they should have COVERED instead of blitzed……
    Defense doesn’t win Super Bowls, offense does….
    GO JETS!!!! Send 9 every play, break Peytons legs.

  38. The Rural Juror says: Jan 21, 2010 9:23 AM

    The ravens gameplan was pretty good. They rushed 4, got decent pressure on Peyton, and dropped everyone else. They repeatedly gave him a few seconds of indecision and played good coverages. HE really didint; march up and down the field too well.
    But, the problem for the ravens was that Peyton is freakin ridiculously accurate and STILL jammed the ball into small windows and made enough plays when he had to.
    Peyton will be tough to stop…He looks like he may have gotten over his playoff-phobia.

  39. pubobby2004 says: Jan 21, 2010 10:12 AM

    Fact is, if any ordinary football fan sat in on an NFL offensive/defensive meeting, we’d all be scratching our heads.
    best comment on here

  40. overkil2 says: Jan 21, 2010 11:35 AM

    Knock him down a lot and he’ll get rattled. Get in his face.
    Btw, last time they played, which he did fine in yardage, the key stat was 0 TDs in a bit over a half. Keep that up and you have a good chance to win.

  41. Deb says: Jan 21, 2010 1:26 PM

    Fact is, if any ordinary football fan sat in on an NFL offensive/defensive meeting, we’d all be scratching our heads.
    ROFL … yes, that is the truth!! But that’s one reason I love the game. There’s always more to learn!

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