1. Prepare for zone looks
In light of the way the quarterback Joe Flacco has performed against the blitz in two contests against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the St. Louis Rams, there is a chance that Rex Ryan might pull back on some of his aggressive tactics. Flacco has been cool under pressure, and the Ravens have been able to pick up the blitz effectively.
When Flacco has struggled, it has been against zone looks in which the coverage changes after the snap.
The Jets are known for playing a ton of man coverage, but Ryan has changed his gambling ways when the situation presented itself. Against the Colts and the Patriots in the playoffs last season, Ryan used more coverage based schemes and that strategy worked effectively against pass-first offenses.
Moreover, Flacco burned the Jets a year ago, either completing or draw pass interference calls against defensive backs not named Darrell Revis.
While Ryan won’t stray completely from bringing the heat, Flacco and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron should be ready for some mask looks, especially in predominant passing situations.
2. Smoke screens and YAC