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Jets safeties plan to get physical with tight ends

Yeremiah Bell AP

When it comes to the use of tight ends in the passing game, the Patriots are at the front of the curve.  The Jets safeties hope to change that.  Violently.

“We’re just not going to let guys run down the field,” safety Yeremiah Bell said Tuesday, per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.  “That’s one thing we’re not going to do.  We’re going to get our hands on them early and beat them up a little bit and make them earn that catch.”

Bell also had a more specific warning for the tight ends they’ll face.

“When you come over the middle, and you have me and LaRon sitting there, that’s something to think about,” Bell said. “So, yeah, we’re going to give guys something to think about.”

The goal is to disrupt the rhythm between quarterback and tight end.

“The big thing in this league is timing,” Bell said. “If he has to take two extra steps to get around us, that’s one extra second the quarterback has to [look] off him.  [Tom] Brady can’t key on him the whole time.  We’re going to get our hands on him and rough him up a little bit.  We’re going to come after them.”

That’s fine.  But there are now significant limits on the manner in which safeties can come after tight ends and other receivers.  Consider this quote from Bucs defensive back Ronde Barber, which appeared in Peter King’s most recent Monday Morning Quarterback column, regarding Tampa’s longstanding Cover 2 defense:  “Our theory was all these guys got to the ball and intimidation was a physical act.  It was, ‘Get guys to run through zones.  We’ll shoot our guns and separate them from the ball.’  The rules will definitely affect it. . . .  I know we don’t play cover-two now the way we used to.”

So Bell and Landry need to keep that in mind.  Or they’ll be making plenty of donations to the league’s favorite charities.

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49 Responses to “Jets safeties plan to get physical with tight ends”
  1. geniusfan says: Aug 14, 2012 10:01 PM

    If I was Bell and Landry I’d be more worried that Gronk will just run right over me. Good luck jamming 6″6 and 265 fellas.

  2. tutamus says: Aug 14, 2012 10:04 PM

    I thought this article was going to be very different based on the title.

  3. skoobyfl says: Aug 14, 2012 10:04 PM

    If bragging won you Superbowls, then these guys would have a dynasty.

  4. robertocfg says: Aug 14, 2012 10:08 PM

    Just try not to get injured yourselves, kids. Specially you, LaRon.

  5. j0ey15 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:13 PM

    And the leagues charities is the reason why this has become an offensive league because there taking the violence out of the game

  6. patriotinvasion says: Aug 14, 2012 10:15 PM

    I’m not so sure 34 year old Yeremiah Bell….at 6’0″, 205lbs wants any part of a full speed collision with Mr. Gronkowski at 6’6″, 265lbs.

    At least, he did’t appear to when the Patriots were hangin’ a half-a-hundred the last 2 years down in Miami.

    As for LaRoid Landry, I think those muscles may shatter into a million pieces. We’ll see. Can’t wait to get this season started.

  7. heartinboston says: Aug 14, 2012 10:16 PM

    The Jets would be stupid to play Bell and Landry together. Neither of them can cover. They are both in the box safeties.

    So either the Jets are stupid, or Yeremiah Bell is talking out of his ____. I don’t care for Rex, but he’s a pretty smart dude, so I’m gonna go with the latter.

  8. bennyb82 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:17 PM

    And the Patriots will now do everything possible to make sure that their tight ends have career days against the Jets.

  9. orangecisco says: Aug 14, 2012 10:17 PM

    That is hilarious since yeremiah let every TE catch and run wherever the hell they wanted as a dolphin

  10. dropkickbanana says: Aug 14, 2012 10:24 PM

    Leave it to the Jets to run their mouths first. We’re not even past the second week of preseason. “Take it easy Francis”

  11. hulkhogansays says: Aug 14, 2012 10:25 PM

    LaRon Landry is so vastly overrated brother. He has all the talent in the world but is woefully immature. Missed tackles from trying to make a highlight, out of position, dancing after opponents get big gains. It’s really sad to see and frustrating because the Redskins basically burned a precious draft pick on a player who could have been awesome. He’s not smart for passing on Surgery 2 years ago. You’ll soon see Jets…at least he will cost little to release for you all brother.

  12. dropkickbanana says: Aug 14, 2012 10:27 PM

    Bahh.. “Lighten up Francis” should I say.

  13. heisthejuan says: Aug 14, 2012 10:28 PM

    Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth. Bell can say whatever, but neither nor Landry can match up physically with the Gronk or Hernandez.

  14. csl65 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:32 PM

    Aaron Hernandez is laughing at this thinking about Landry’s Achilles popping as he runs by him, Oh wait didn’t Gronk run over him last year in Wash? Doesn’t Rex ever teach these guys to keep quiet

  15. phillynac says: Aug 14, 2012 10:34 PM

    I agree with the comments. First of all, anyone can TRY to get physical with Gronk, but it is impossible to “beat him up” at the line because he is just too big. Also, while the Jets Safeties are trying to beat up the TE’s, either Brandon Lloyd or Dontae Stallworth are running down the field with no safety help. Or Wes Welker is one on one with a nickel corner or, god forbid, a linebacker. Revis can’t cover everyone. The Jets worrying about the TE’s is just what BB ordered….bombs away!

  16. cunninglinguist69 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:37 PM

    Yeremiah Bell is washed up and LaRon Landry can’t stay healthy.

  17. taintedlombardis says: Aug 14, 2012 10:41 PM

    The Patriots are smart. They built their offense around prioritizing positive plays for their QB. They didn’t let offensive coordinators come in with illusions of explosions. Brady has dinked and dunked his way into the hall of fame. Hell, Brady is the poster child of timing is everything lol. YAC

  18. chargersdiehard says: Aug 14, 2012 10:41 PM

    Rex Ryan plans on making “tight” ends foot “loose”.

  19. vidae1 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:43 PM

    Who is afraid of the Jets being physical?

  20. TeamBalco says: Aug 14, 2012 10:45 PM

    LaRon is my #1 costumer!

  21. cheers4ablumpkin says: Aug 14, 2012 10:46 PM

    Landry is scrub

  22. smackywomack says: Aug 14, 2012 11:00 PM

    Landry won’t last more than a couple games before he’s hurt and the games he does play in he’s gonna get burned like he did with the skins

  23. deanvernonwormer says: Aug 14, 2012 11:01 PM

    Actually its “lighten up Francis”.

  24. cleveland1980 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:04 PM

    Why is this news? most safeties in the nfl… it is their job to be physical with tight ends. this is like a chef saying he is going to grill the hell out of some steak…well no crap!?

  25. knucklebucket says: Aug 14, 2012 11:04 PM

    Landry and Gronkowski are both physical freaks and gifted athletes. The difference is that Gronkowski has a football brain and Landry does not. It’ll be fun to watch this play out but it should be notes that this talk has all come from Bell.
    Wonder how Landry feels about that.

  26. giselleisasucubus says: Aug 14, 2012 11:08 PM

    Yeah, because Yeremiah Bell did such a great job dealing with Pats safeties last year when he was in Miami. Jets- just shut the f**k up. You had your chance to beat NE and you blew it.

  27. unbreakable02215 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:18 PM

    For about the 5th time: Tony Sparano will be the HC of the NYJ by mid DEC.

  28. hookem6903 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:19 PM

    And just like they’ve always done, the Jets are talking. Congrats on being the best 7-9 team in the league this year. Gronk and Hernandez are still going to run wild on you.

  29. clw1906 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:19 PM

    Landry is a liability in pass coverage. Jason Witten ate his lunch over and over so what do you think Gronk will do to him?

  30. southernstripes says: Aug 14, 2012 11:22 PM

    That Jets defense will have plenty of time on the field to do so. Their offense is horrendous. Do Jets fans still call him Sanchise? It’s only a matter of time before Holmes implodes.

  31. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 14, 2012 11:30 PM

    Anyone whoever watched footage of Yeremiah Bell playing at Miami -or- LaRon Landry playing in Washington — should know these two guys can really bring it. Truly physical guys.

    I don’t like the ‘Phins, ‘Skins or Jets – my team plays in the Steel City. But those two cats ball out – and can dish the heat.

    For similar reasons, this is why Rex has executed premium picks on guys like Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. Rex wants a nasty team that can get all eighties-era Tyson on other teams. It is not hard to see the mindset in play with Rex —> guy wants hyper-nasty/hyper-physical to pressure other teams into mistakes and set the tone. Hard-nosed football – I respect that. That’s how this game was meant to be played.

  32. k0mbucha says: Aug 14, 2012 11:49 PM

    As a Redskins fan I can say that the only things Landry will hit…is the gym and his pet monkey!

  33. kacapaco says: Aug 14, 2012 11:53 PM

    Mouthy jets.

  34. giselleisasucubus says: Aug 14, 2012 11:58 PM

    oops, I meant Tight ends, my bad.

  35. jc327 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:00 AM

    So… you’re saying Olivia Newton-John has been hired as an assitant coach?

  36. cliffordc05 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:25 AM

    This would have been news if the Jets admitted that they do not have the speed to cover elite tight ends. Why is it that every stupid pronouncement out of the Jets camp is treated like news? Did anyone watch their first preseason game? Does anyone care about the worst team in New York? Why am I typing this? I don’t give a crap about the Jets or any of the other 8-8 teams in the league.

  37. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 15, 2012 12:54 AM

    Sounds like a job for the Eric Smith “helmet first cheapshot because I can’t cover anyone” technique.

    Bell and Landry should start picking his brain.

  38. scalfor3 says: Aug 15, 2012 3:39 AM

    cool. aaron hernandez will just run circles around you.

  39. jpb12 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:25 AM

    Seriously? When did these guys ever make an impact in the NFL?

    I bet both don’t finish the season.

  40. jetsfaninjersey says: Aug 15, 2012 6:59 AM

    talk is cheap and time will tell if Bell and Landry will refresh their careers in Rex’s system, but I don’t give a damn about the Patriots tight ends, I can’t wait to see Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, bust through new Englands WEAK ass offensive line and knock the crap out of Brady…

  41. cylondetector says: Aug 15, 2012 7:19 AM

    Neither of these re-treads are going to be able to handle the speedy and agility of Hernandez or the height and physicality of the Gronk.

    Talk is cheap, unfortunately its the only currency used in JetsLand.

  42. lrjets says: Aug 15, 2012 7:28 AM

    As a long time suffering Jets fan, I think they should shut up! When will they learn? Never? Stop saying and start playing.
    Forget about the Jets haters who delight in replying here, I’m more concerned with the motivation you give to the opponents. I could care less about PSL sales, I’d like to finally see a winner since about 8 presidents ago.

  43. sj39 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:39 AM

    The Jets are pretty mouthy, that is for sure but I think we all know who the mouthiest fans are – the ones always trying to cover their asterisk.

  44. pastorbobs says: Aug 15, 2012 8:21 AM

    Don’t know what league most of you have been watching but Landry when healthy changes a defense because he has closing speed to cover and the ability to deliver a big hit. He is one of the top safeties in the league when he is healthy. Only problem with him is his health, really coming from his refusal to get surgery when needed. This is the reason Skins didn’t resign him, he couldn’t stay on the field. It had nothing to do with his on the field performance. He’s not the one doing the talking, but a healthy Landry is nothing to overlook when receivers come across the middle.

  45. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 15, 2012 8:32 AM

    taintedlombardis says:
    Aug 14, 2012 10:41 PM
    The Patriots are smart. They built their offense around prioritizing positive plays for their QB. They didn’t let offensive coordinators come in with illusions of explosions. Brady has dinked and dunked his way into the hall of fame. Hell, Brady is the poster child of timing is everything lol. YAC
    ——————–
    This was everyone’s argument pre-2007….obviously you closed your eyes as he threw bomb after bomb for a couple seasons. 50 TDs dont lie!! You play with what you have…did you want him throwing bombs to welker? Slater? Edelman? Johnson? Branch? etc… You play to your strengths…it’s that simple.

  46. mccourty1sland says: Aug 15, 2012 9:07 AM

    These two zabo’s are just begging for gronk and hernandez to shart all over them. The Pats offense loves bulletin board material like this. Can’t wait for October 21 at the Razor.

  47. bobby2478 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:37 AM

    And god forbid the Jets would play SF and have to match up against Vernon Davis, an absolute physical freak of nature.

    6’3″ and 253 lbs, 4% body fat. He runs a 4.38 40, and puts up 33 reps of 225 lbs.

    Most linebackers (safeties more so) won’t want anything to do with that guy. You can’t rough up a TE who puts up more reps of 225 lbs then most offensive linemen do.

    The Saints sure didn’t have much luck as he ate them apart last year.

  48. bullcharger says: Aug 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    Gronk already ran all over Bell last year. There’s no hope for the Jets safeties. Not to mention, if they aren’t playing two deep safeties then Brady and Lloyd will have a field day. Revis can’t cover Lloyd and Welker at the same time.

    I predict the improved Patriots defense doesn’t let the Jets score at all anyway. The Jets have no offense at all.

  49. bullcharger says: Aug 16, 2012 1:10 PM

    jetsfaninjersey says:Aug 15, 2012 6:59 AM

    talk is cheap and time will tell if Bell and Landry will refresh their careers in Rex’s system, but I don’t give a damn about the Patriots tight ends, I can’t wait to see Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, bust through new Englands WEAK ass offensive line and knock the crap out of Brady…

    ——————

    I think I’d be more worried about keeping Sanchez upright. The Patriots first round picks are both way better than Coples.

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