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Jets tipped their plays on Steelers’ goal-line stand

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The Steelers’ goal-line stand against the Jets in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game has been thoroughly discussed, but we should take a moment to mention the great analysis that NFL Network’s Playbook show had of those four plays, when the Jets started with first-and-goal from the 2-yard line and ended up getting stuffed on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

As Playbook demonstrated, the Jets were tipping their plays, especially when right tackle Wayne Hunter lined up in a two-point stance on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, all but telling Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley that it was a pass, not a run.

“On third-and-1, your right tackle’s in a two-point stance,” Playbook analyst Brian Baldinger said. “Right now, LaMarr Woodley knows you’re not running the ball. You’re not running the ball out of a two-point stance on the goal line. Right there, that’s a dead giveaway. LaMarr Woodley doesn’t charge he just plays the ball and bats it down.”

As our friend Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports has pointed out, the Playbook analysis did a perfect job of illustrating that Woodley looked at Hunter’s stance and immediately knew a pass was coming, and it was easy for Woodley to simply stand there at the line of scrimmage, put his hands up and knock the pass down.

Baldinger also pointed out that on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, there was a big hole in the middle of the Steelers’ defense — but only for a split-second, and by the time Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson got to the line of scrimmage, the hole was closed. Tomlinson, surprisingly, lined up seven yards behind the line of scrimmage on the play. If he had lined up five yards deep in the backfield, he might have gotten to the hole in time.

On a fourth-and-1 earlier in the same drive, the Jets had gone with an I-formation handoff up the gut to Shonn Greene, and Greene responded by plunging forward for two yards and a first down. Greene also picked up a yard on first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. But with three more tries to get one more yard, the Jets never went to Greene again, instead trying to get too cute with their play calling. The Steelers saw that coming all the way.

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  1. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 26, 2011 12:23 PM

    Facsinating. Pure coaching. I have been impressed with Rex Ryan, but if they want to get to the next level, the offensive coaching has to clean up those mental errors.
    Wish my Redskins had such problems in the Conference Championship game………

  2. citizenstrange says: Jan 26, 2011 12:28 PM

    One way to look at the Steelers goal line stand is that the Jets were able to get nine points out of it.

    If the Jets score the Steelers get the ball back with decent field position but because the Steelers got the ball at the one the fumble was a safety and the Steelers had to kick/punt to the Jets giving them the ball at their own 42 and they went down nd scored again.

    I guess I’m saying that if the Jets had scored there and made it a 24-17 game it wouldn’t have been the end of the world for the Steelers.

  3. marvsleezy says: Jan 26, 2011 12:30 PM

    You’re not running the ball out of a two-point stance on the goal line.
    ___________
    No, cuz that would be physically impossible! Its never been done! Its that simple!! (sarcasm)

  4. herokravon says: Jan 26, 2011 12:31 PM

    The Jets lost the game when the chose to defer.

    9 minute Steelers drive for touchdown. Ball game.

  5. BC says: Jan 26, 2011 12:33 PM

    Rex isn’t the problem. Schottenheimer is. They need a new OC.

  6. TheodoreJr says: Jan 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    Such irony, this is how the Jets beat the Patriots.

    When Tom Brady brushed his hair back with his left hand, it was a pass. When he brushed his hair back with his right hand, it was a run.

  7. bharvey1113 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    Why is this game still being talked about? It’s the week of the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl match-up is set and right around the corner. I know it’s slow but come on now. The Steelers stopped them, that’s all that matters.

  8. xstaticonradio says: Jan 26, 2011 12:37 PM

    Say what you want about the Steelers, but they’re a goddamn great team.

  9. 4sacroc says: Jan 26, 2011 12:38 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Jan 26, 2011 12:23 PM

    Wish my Redskins had such problems in the Conference Championship game………

    ====================

    Who are the Redskins? Is that a football team?

  10. j0esixpack says: Jan 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    Good coaching by the Steelers

    Bad coaching by the Jets

    I’m sure Rex Ryan will address this to make sure he gets off on the right foot next season. (Let’s just hope Rex takes that figuratively and not literally.)

  11. georgegabriel9 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:43 PM

    Playbook is probably the best thing that NFL Network does. Mike Mayock is often on that segment, and that guy needs more exposure. He only seems to get it around the draft cause he’s a college guy, but I thought he was great in the Seattle/NO playoff game, too.

  12. nxsteven says: Jan 26, 2011 12:51 PM

    Not sure how “cute” the Jets got really..

    First down, gained a yard up the gut. Good defense.

    Second down, roll out to Keller. Pass rush got there and hurried the pass. Good defense.

    Third down, Woodley almost intercepts the pass. Holmes was open behind him. Sanchez should have seen Woodley.

    Fourth down, best run defense in the league does what it does best. Stopped LT cold. Good defense.

    Too much whining about one drive when the Jets didn’t show up the entire first half.

    Signed,

    Jets fan.

  13. spartanax says: Jan 26, 2011 12:53 PM

    Ummm, if the Jets call Shonn Greene’s number one play after another on that drive, the Jets score the TD. Period.

  14. iwishiwasindc says: Jan 26, 2011 12:55 PM

    Redskins = 3 SB (We don’t care how or when, we still got ‘em)
    Vikings = 0
    Eagles = 0
    Jets = 1
    …and some more.

    “Things are lookin’ up!” to quote the chubby kid in the commercial. Next year 8-8. Weeeee, wee, wee, weeeee…!

    Hail!

  15. thirdngoal says: Jan 26, 2011 12:55 PM

    Break it down any way you want, still they got 9 point from a TD and safety and the Steelers did what they had to in stoping the Jets before the clock went to 0:00. That is the bottom story

  16. omegalh says: Jan 26, 2011 12:59 PM

    The Jets lost because the players and coaches came out flat. Everyone was to blame. It wasn’t Schotty, Sanchez, Rexxy, or anyone’s fault specifically. Even 45 minutes of good football would have been a win. They only gave 31 minutes. Steelers gave a full 60.

  17. commoncents says: Jan 26, 2011 12:59 PM

    That is something a high school lineman should know. Wow, that’s got to suck to hear if you are a jets fan. HA!!

  18. alanschech says: Jan 26, 2011 1:00 PM

    Great stuff. Would never have picked up on that watching the game.

    I love my Jets, but Schottenheimer just gets too cute for his own good sometimes. I think the tip off of plays is what would be the stupidest thing to do here, and then that is what the def should expect. When Schottenheimer goes on instinct, he does a very good job, but when he tries to outthink himself, well…..that happens.

  19. discosucs2005 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:02 PM

    “One way to look at the Steelers goal line stand is that the Jets were able to get nine points out of it.”

    I thought that too initially, but what they really lost was time. The drive that ended in the 4-out took too long and, even though they got the ball back as a result of the safety and scored on the proceeding drive there wasn’t enough time left for them to score again. The safety didn’t help as much as you might think. It saved them time of course, but they were still down two touchdowns, and the Steelers probably would have just run the ball 3 times and then, if they didn’t get room, would have taken the safety to give their punter some extra yards.

    The real way the Jets lost was their first half, and last drive defense. We are all over thinking it. They couldn’t do to Ben and the Steelers offense what they did to the Colts and Patriots. Had they done half the job they did against the Pats, and I’m saying this as someone who was rooting for the Steelers in this particular game, they would have crushed the Steelers. But Ben is just too hard to game plan around, and when they let Mendenhall power through, it just made it too easy.

    I have a feeling that Jets will miss the postseason next year, but I think Rex Ryan will win a Super Bowl. He, as annoying as he is, is way too good a coach not to. He may win more than one if Sanchez progresses and he gets a really good OC.

  20. arnoldziffel says: Jan 26, 2011 1:02 PM

    Making these kinds of mistakes this late in the season is mind boggling.

    Next season, let’s have a little less running off at the mouth, and a little more attention paid to detail.

  21. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 1:03 PM

    @citizenstrange …

    Technically, you’re right, but I still disagree. The job of the defense is to stop the forward progression of the offense. Period. They can’t worry about what their own offense will do after that. A goal-line stand is the most empowering play a defense can make–and it’s demoralizing to an opposing offense. If Pouncey had been in the game, we wouldn’t be thinking twice about any of this. And a better choice of play by our offense also might have avoided that fumbled snap/safety. But any way you look at it, our defense did their job and did it brilliantly.

  22. xtb3 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:06 PM

    Only reason young guys like Shottenheimer, Shanahan and Kiffin ever got such a job as O-C is their daddy’s pull in the NFL coaching clique.

  23. Bubby Brister says: Jan 26, 2011 1:08 PM

    Agree, georgergabriel. Mayock is fantastic. Probably the only analyst on TV who I value his every word. Does an excellent job of explaining the nitty gritty in terms anybody can understand.

  24. alewatcher says: Jan 26, 2011 1:09 PM

    I don’t get the NFL network (thank you, Time Warner), so the Seattle/NO game was the first time I got to listen to Mike Mayock call a game. I definitely liked his commentary, far better than than the idiots we usually get.

    (I’m really sick of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman – Aikman finally lost me earlier this season when he declared that “Favre still gives the Vikings their best chance of winning” when Farve was getting his butt whupped.)

  25. goodjet says: Jan 26, 2011 1:13 PM

    As A long time Die Hard Jets Fan —- It was a devastating loss but I just have to Suck it Up — This bit of news of course doesn’t help a bit—- I just chalk it up to another Brian Schottenheimer Special —- The guy is very bright and all but he just doesn’t have the great instincts when it comes to the flow of the game and all that —– That’s as Mad as I have ever been at play calling and I’m not one who questions every freaking play call that doesn’t work — I know it’s often more about execution but to think that not only was the play calling in that spot Deaf, Dumb and Blind but they couldn’t even execute the freaking play without tipping their hands really makes it suck even worse — So the Jets haters can have even more fun with it now — I get it ——— BUT — Our Day is coming though — It’s Coming

  26. richm2256 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:17 PM

    So what they’re saying is that Tomlinson was NOT the guy to go to for a one yard TD run, they should’ve gone with Greene.

    That pretty much says it all about Lay-down-again Tomlinson.

  27. blackngoldmachine says: Jan 26, 2011 1:29 PM

    If Rex Ryan had balls, he’d be my aunt.
    right…tuff tulkin new yulkers!? dueches.

    GO STEELERS!!!!

  28. andyprough says: Jan 26, 2011 1:33 PM

    Don’t be so simplistic, MDS

    #1. Woodley was a bit lucky to be in the right position to bat down the ball – so to imply that it was an easy play based simply on knowing the Jets were passing is an obtuse statement

    #2. The “hole” in the line was directly where Farrior, Foote, and Polamalu were squeezing themselves into right after the snap. On top of it, the Jets line was never able to move Hampton and Hood backward. LT tried to run into a mass of humanity that was moving towards him, not backward into the end zone. Ultimately, it appears that the stop was made by Foote and Hampton, with Timmons coming in from the side and dragging LT off the pile

    #3. The earlier 4th-and-1 conversion by Shonn Greene had been against the Steeler nickel package – as were all his decent runs during the day, mostly on draw plays and delayed draws. No one was going to move through that pile on the goal line though – not Shonn Greene, and not Jim Brown or Earl Campbell in their prime. The Jets o-line simply failed to move Casey Hampton backward, which is a common problem for offenses for the past 10 years

  29. xtb3 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:34 PM

    It all started when Shottenheimer’s son stuck his nose in. At 2nd and goal and he had Sanchez rush over to the sidelines tell him what he wanted on the next play and Sanchez hurried right back and as Phil Simms said “they took the surprise out of that pass on 2nd down.” But then compounded the problem by throwing again on 3rd down and then that play up the middle of the Steelers line with Tomlinson no less.

    In the previous meeting with Pittsburgh, Jets had a great game on the ground running outside, but on this drive and about the whole game Sunday Shottenheimer’s unqualified son forgot about it.

  30. akismet-c7ced78fa0ffb62cf23382e052305f29 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:37 PM

    herokravon says:
    Jan 26, 2011 12:31 PM
    The Jets lost the game when the chose to defer.

    9 minute Steelers drive for touchdown. Ball game.

    ————————————————–

    Doesn’t hurt when the refs give the Steelers a ridiculous 1st down spot when a guy was at least 2 yards short of a first down.

  31. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jan 26, 2011 1:37 PM

    Nice coaching, Rex. Lol. What a buffoon.

  32. billyrocket says: Jan 26, 2011 1:38 PM

    “xtb3 says:

    Only reason young guys like Shottenheimer, Shanahan and Kiffin ever got such a job as O-C is their daddy’s pull in the NFL coaching clique.”

    If you’re going to say that, then you have to include Rex.

  33. ottomanismydog says: Jan 26, 2011 1:39 PM

    Dear PFT,

    The Jets lost because the Steelers are the better team.

    Thanks,

    Pittsburgh

  34. dolphins4 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:45 PM

    What Jets should have done on the goal line was spread out the offense and run a QB sneak.I was taught that in short yardage plays you never want to line somebody up deep in the back field if your trying to run between the tackles because by the time that runningback gets to the line of scrimage the linebackers and defensive backs are already there to make the play.Where as if you spread the offense out on short yardage plays it gets the linebackers and defensive backs out of the box and away from the ball because it could be a run or pass.

  35. phinfan says: Jan 26, 2011 1:47 PM

    Facsinating. Pure coaching. I have been impressed with Rex Ryan, but if they want to get to the next level, the offensive coaching has to clean up those mental errors.

    —-

    Wasn’t rex calling the defensive plays? Wasn’t the defense a no-show?

    As for Shottenheimer. If he can make a scrub like Dirty a probowler then I’d like him as OC in Miami.

  36. cup0pizza says: Jan 26, 2011 2:09 PM

    The Jets are morons. No real news as far as that goes.

  37. geezohman says: Jan 26, 2011 2:09 PM

    come on give us some Pro Bowl news and Super Bowl news….

    I heard a rumor Big Ben bought a house in Northeast Ohio (he’s engaged you know)

  38. mswravens says: Jan 26, 2011 2:11 PM

    Rex obviously brought the “overthink your offensive play calling” mentality with him from Bmore…and the Steelers continue to profit for it! …at least I won money on ‘em in Vegas! :)

  39. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 2:29 PM

    @akismet blahblahblah …

    Did you pick that screen name to avoid rebuttals? Guess you missed the replay showing that it was a good spot. You had a little friend in Nance doing his best to create controversy. But the camera told the real story.

  40. baznyc says: Jan 26, 2011 2:32 PM

    To any student of the game that watches the Jets, their big weakness has been, & always will be Schott.
    He’s always trying to outcute opponents; has no feel for the flow of a game; telegraphs his plays; follows a script for player substitutions, without any relevance to the actual in-game situation, or a player’s efficacy
    (like ignoring Greene & using LT, after Greene was effective); too much presnap motion, which wastes time & makes Sanchez rush his reads… I can go on, but you get my drift.
    The Jets will not win a title, as long as Rex refuses to hold Schott without culpability for all the offensive failure, especially, the inability to score an offensive TD, in 13 straight 1st quarters. He puts the team in a hole, almost every game.

  41. xtb3 says: Jan 26, 2011 2:41 PM

    @billyrocket

    xtb3
    Only reason young guys like Shottenheimer, Shanahan and Kiffin ever got such a job as O-C is their daddy’s pull in the NFL coaching clique.”

    If you’re going to say that, then you have to include Rex.

    Not so at all. Rex proved in Baltimore he sure can run a defense. That is what earned him the Jets job after MANY years in the league(Rex is not a young man), unlike these others I mentioned.

  42. krow101 says: Jan 26, 2011 2:50 PM

    Can’t be true. The Jets are the self-proclaimed best team in the NFL. They wouldn’t screw up like this.

  43. ampats says: Jan 26, 2011 2:58 PM

    Goodjet,

    So is the end of the world according to some people.

  44. laxer37 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:19 PM

    I knew it was a pass the minute I noticed Sanchez didn’t hand the football off.

  45. kate773 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:43 PM

    TheodoreJr says:
    Jan 26, 2011 12:34 PM
    Such irony, this is how the Jets beat the Patriots.

    When Tom Brady brushed his hair back with his left hand, it was a pass. When he brushed his hair back with his right hand, it was a run.

    ________________________________

    This post has nothing to do with the Patriots. Obsess much?

  46. jc1958coo says: Jan 26, 2011 3:49 PM

    the only tipping in the super bowl is when the steelers tip over and the packers score!!
    raji is going to give harrison a helmet to helmet!
    he’ll be out cold just like in a FREEZER!lol

  47. mikebrew5 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:04 PM

    I can say this…The Jets have now gone to back to back AFC Championship games. It is a significant achievement by any standard. For all the Jet Haters…I figure you have about 10 years of agita coming, LMAO

  48. dolphins4 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:21 PM

    To score the Jets only had to move the ball about 3 feet.

  49. stairwayto7 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:27 PM

    JETS ARE SOFT!

  50. stavreafavre says: Jan 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    So actually the problem was that the tackle DIDN’T tip his hand.

  51. donnieiris says: Jan 26, 2011 5:47 PM

    @jc1958coo

    dude harrison plays defense u idiot…watch football before u make a stupid comment

  52. donnieiris says: Jan 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    oh unless of course u mean the one offensive play raji plays in a game and in that case that is even more dumb.

  53. xtb3 says: Jan 26, 2011 6:06 PM

    @phinfan

    yes jets d seemed to forget how to tackle in the first half and gave up 17 points BUT that was it – they then shutout the steelers the rest of the way. shottenheimer’s bungling of that 2nd and goal from inside the one cost the jets the game – end of story. and end of season.

    and why the next day the only person ryan defended and said wouldbe back next year was shottenheimer who everyone blames.

    just like giants coughlin defended incompetants like tim lewis, bill sheridan and special teams coach quinn now.

    there is a coaching clique. and now coaches and assistants also want to form a union – they already have in their minds.

  54. bcgreg says: Jan 26, 2011 6:35 PM

    Wish they analyzed the booger picking. I mean Brunell should have seen it coming. Sanchez tipped him off by not twirling the booger between his thumb and fore finger. It went from the nose to the jacket. If he twirled it, it would have gone right to the ground. Brunell had no time to react. Great play by Sanchez. Poor read by Brunell.

  55. bcgreg says: Jan 26, 2011 6:37 PM

    Bottom line?

    Another year the Jets don’t win. LOL!!!

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