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    Default Schottenheimer had an impressive game-plan in Jets victory over Steelers

    Brian Schottenheimer had an impressive game-plan in Jets victory over Steelers, silencing critics

    BY Manish Mehta
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo....html?r=sports
    Wednesday, December 22nd 2010, 4:00 AM

    Weissman for NewsJets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, left, mixed up the game-plan and quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) executed it in the win over Pittsburgh. Related NewsSantonio returns to old Holmes for holidaysNFL Bettor's Guide: Flynn not mighty enoughJet offense is stalled, and Schotty holds keysNFL Bettor's Guide: Falcons are best betSanchez, Jets aim to air it out against PatriotsBrady and Pats keep pace with Jets, hold off Colts
    Brian Schottenheimer has absorbed the never-ending body blows from armchair play callers trained to second-guess his every move. The Jets offensive coordinator responded to the recent avalanche of criticism with an impressive game plan in the Jets' 22-17 victory over the Steelers.

    Although it's now convenient to throw superlatives at Schottenheimer, the truth is that he's called better plays this season (see: Week 4 win at Buffalo).

    The difference Sunday was the blend of design and execution that helped the Jets (10-4) snap out of their two-game offensive funk. Schottenheimer's play-calling put the Jets on the doorstep of their second consecutive playoff appearance. If they beat the Bears on Sunday or the Jaguars or Colts lose, they're in.

    Schottenheimer certainly wasn't perfect, but it didn't take long for the players to know that he had a good grasp on what the Steelers' typically stingy defense was attempting to do.

    "Schotty was in such a zone," tight end Dustin Keller said. "He knew what defense we were going to get before we even got it. He knew them inside and out."

    The beauty of Schottenheimer's plan was in its unpredictability. Although the Jets didn't deviate from their 50-50 run-pass splits (29 passes and 27runs), Schottenheimer kept the Steelers off-balance in critical moments by breaking from a few tendencies.

    A week after the Jets ran the ball 62% of the time against the Dolphins on first down, Schottenheimer dialed up a nearly equal run-pass distribution (12 runs, 11 passes) on first downs against Pittsburgh. The execution on first downs, of course, was also much better. The Jets gained a full yard more per play on first down (3.5) than they did a week earlier against Miami. The Jets converted 35% of their second downs.

    After digging a hole on third down against the Dolphins (9.2 yards to go), the Jets faced an average of 6.8 yards to go on third down on Sunday en route to a 46% conversion rate.

    Three timely third and fourth-down calls proved critical.

    1) With the Jets trailing 17-10 midway through the third quarter, the Jets faced what appeared to be a running situation: third-and-1 from their own 46-yard line. But Schottenheimer called for a play fake to Shonn Greene. Mark Sanchez rolled to his left and found Keller for a key 11-yard gain.

    2) Later in that drive, Schottenheimer broke from conventional wisdom on fourth down and less than a yard from the Steelers' 7. The Jets embarrassed Pittsburgh on a beautifully designed and executed play fake and bootleg by Sanchez. Outside linebacker James Harrison and inside linebacker Larry Foote were completely fooled. While both of them charged at Greene, who ran up the middle with nothing but air in his hands, Sanchez strolled into the left side of the end zone on the keeper.

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    3) With 3:50 left the fourth quarter, Schottenheimer used some trickery on a direct snap to LaDainian Tomlinson on third-and-6 from the Steelers' 37 that kept the drive alive. Although the Jets didn't score on the drive, Tomlinson's first down chewed up an additional minute. It also set up Steve Weatherford's punt down to the Pittsburgh 3 and Jason Taylor's safety on the next play, which eliminated the possibility of a game-tying field goal.

    It didn't take long for Schottenheimer, who gave an inspirational speech to the offense on Saturday, to find a groove.

    He called a mix of passes and runs on the first five plays of the second drive that resulted in gains of 6, 11, 7, 6 and 11 yards. The Jets were positioned to score a touchdown on the drive if left guard Matt Slauson didn't commit a holding penalty that negated a 20-yard completion to Santonio Holmes to the Pittsburgh 5-yard line.

    "Brandon (Moore) and I looked at each other like, 'Wow,'" wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said of that drive. "We had great tempo. We had a great feel for what they were doing defensively. Everything was just clicking."

    Schottenheimer also simplified the plan. For all the weapons at Sanchez's disposal, the quarterback leaned heavily on Braylon Edwards and Holmes. He targeted the duo 69% (20 of 29) of the time. Schottenheimer also made sure to call plenty of quick-hitters for Sanchez rather than expose him to the Steelers' top-rated pass rush. Whether it was three-step drops or wide receiver hitches, Sanchez usually got the ball out in a hurry.

    Schottenheimer also resisted the temptation to abandon the ground-and-pound attack against the No. 1 run defense in the NFL that came into the game on a historic pace. Although the Jets managed only 3.9 yards per carry, consider that the Steelers had allowed a league-best 2.9 yards per carry coming in. The Jets ran for 74% (106 yards) of their season rushing average against a unit that had allowed opponents to gain 51% of their season average.

    "I'd rather run it twice as much as that. Any coach would say that," Rex Ryan said. "No, we ran it great against...a great team at stopping the run. (We) made some big runs."

    A week after fans chanted "Schotty Must Go!" at Ryan's postgame press conference, Schottenheimer found a little bit of redemption.



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    Default Re: Schottenheimer had an impressive game-plan in Jets victory over Steelers

    The game plan is always the same against the Steelers D.

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    Default Re: Schottenheimer had an impressive game-plan in Jets victory over Steelers

    Hopefully Lebeau watches the Green Bay - Cheats game from a week ago. That is how you beat the Pats. Press coverage and blitz-blitz-blitz. That is if we get a shot at them again.

    We kick the Jets asses if the refs don't shove their flags up their asses while our WR's are getting tackled from behind before the ball even gets there. We kick the Jets asses if Heath is in there instead of Spaeth. We kick the Jets asses if our special teams don't **** the bed for the first time this season and give up that kick return.

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