New York Jets Too Big For Allen, Not Carr

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Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by New York Jets safety Dawan Landry (26) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bottom Line

Allen got schooled yesterday as Ryan blitzed Carr early to discourage him from attacking his weak secondary. But Allen learned too slow as he didn’t start to blitz until late in the game, around the same time he attacked the Jets down field. And when Ryan did blitz early, where were the bootlegs, designed roll-outs, and screens to running backs as McFadden got one screen in the fourth quarter.

Jets outgained the Raiders 402-158 as Allen seemed more concerned with not turning the ball over than getting 1st-downs. On defense, his bend-but-don’t-break style eventually broke because his defense was on the field extra long—more worried about stopping big plays than getting off the field. Ryan believed in his quarterback and gave him more chances to throw the ball down the field and make plays because that’s how you win.

So while Carr looked poised, an uptight, conservative until too late Allen looked like it was too big for him.

The good news is he has 15 more games to change that.

Just win baby!