My good friend Charles McDonald, who is one of the best Twitter accounts to follow, covers the New York Jets for the New York Daily News. He was at the Jets training camp and has a good feel for their team. This past week, Charles threw together some quotes from New York’s coaches from this past week and added some of his own insight. Enjoy.
No rest for the weary.
Just a week after facing the ferocious Buffalo Bills defense, the banged-up Jets offense has to take on a San Francisco 49ers defense that is overflowing with talent. San Francisco may just have the most talented group of defensive linemen and linebackers in the NFL.
San Francisco wasn’t able to pull out a win against the explosive Arizona Cardinals offense, but they have the talent to bounce back. Future Hall of Fame cornerback Richard Sherman will miss Sunday’s game against the Jets, but this is still a defense that features Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Arik Armstead, and first-round rookie Javon Kinlaw along the defensive line.
“I would say phenomenal get off the ball, they’re attacking, they’re swarming, they’re going after the quarterback,” Gase said when asked to describe the 49ers defensive line. “You know, obviously, the pass rush for them is the most important thing, but at the same time, you got some toughness and a grittiness. I do love the way that you know these guys, if a ball is thrown or a screener draws around, how they stick their foot in the ground, they go attack the ball, they pursue with a purpose.”
The 49ers front seven will be difficult for a Jets offensive line that struggled on Sunday outside of rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton. Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and George Fant don’t have much time to turn around and fix a sloppy performance against Buffalo.
Buffalo’s defense was able to rack up six tackles for loss on just 15 rushing plays by the Jets.
“They’re trying to change the play within the play,” Gase said about the 49ers defensive line. “And, you know, it starts with their position coach. I mean just, I watched it, I mean the guy, Kris Kocurek, he trains those guys that way, his individuals to watch, if you’re in that room, they’re brutal, those guys, they do nothing but run. And those guys, their sole purpose is to disrupt the game, whether it be the run game or the pass game.”
Sam Darnold likely won’t have much time to throw on Sunday, so it’ll be up to the coaching staff to help Darnold as much as possible as the Jets try to pull off the upset.
Part of what makes the 49ers defense so dominant last season that they have a crystal clear image of what they want to be, especially along the defensive line. 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has an aggressive style of coaching. General manager John Lynch has given him the perfect talent he needs to execute his defense at a high level.
“They’ve done a really good job of matching personnel to scheme,” Loggains said. “They’re not a complex defense. They want these guys to win. Everything starts upfront for these guys, and they’re deep. They’ve got first-round draft picks that are the best at that position, and also it matches their scheme. That’s how they want to play. They want to run games and sack the quarterback and do those things. They’ve done a really great job evaluating talent.”
Loggains is looking forward to the challenge that the 49ers will present on Sunday.
“It’s an awesome challenge for us,” Loggains said. “When you play schemes that rush the passer, it’s not just on the offensive line. It’s the quarterback throwing the ball on time, it’s the receivers creating separation versus man coverage, being able to pass all these games they’re going to bring and understand the rush habits. They’re going to run pick schemes up front. They really challenge you.”