Jets need shot in the arm
Updated: December 13, 2004, 11:44 PM ETScouts, Inc.
Editor's note: Our scouts roll back the tape on Week 14 in the NFL:
The lack of arm strength of Jets QB Chad Pennington is alarming. The Jets will tell you that their passing game features short passes, dump-offs and screens, but the reality is that they cannot stretch a defense because Pennington cannot get the ball there. His passes hang in the air and there is no zip on his out route. The Jets are lucky teams are not "jumping" routes on a more regular basis. The Steelers picked off Pennington (17-of-31, 189 yards) three times on Sunday.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not have a great game statistically against the Jets, but he showed his growing awareness and maturity on his last pass to Lee Mays. The Steelers saw that the Jets liked to jump routes and take some chances. On the pass to Mays, the Steelers used a basic "stop and go." Jets CB Terrell Buckley tried to jump what he thought was a short route, but Mays stopped and then ran right by him.