Ryan: We're going to pressure Brady


Ryan: We're going to pressure Brady

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Rex Ryan has watched film of all the Patriots' games this year, and he thinks most teams are playing the Patriots all wrong.

Ryan said it frustrates him to see teams not puttingpressure on Tom Brady, since -- he believes -- not doing so means you're not necessarily"competing" against Brady and the Patriots' offense. His plan involves plenty of pressure and disguised coverages, something he believes is necessary to stop New England's offense.

"Brady's a guy that, if you just run standard coverages, he'll kill you," said Ryan.

"We're going to pressure him, we're going to mix our coverages, change our coverages, change our blitzes, sometimes go all-out blitz, sometimes simulated pressure, sometimes three-man rush, sometimes four-man rush, multiple coverages," he said. "And that's how you play Brady. You can't just let him sit back and know what you're in."

He knows that by putting pressure on Brady, defenses are going to get burned at times. But it's just the risk you take against one of the league's best.

"There's two quarterbacks in this league, that, when you look at a schedule, if you're a defensive coordinator, you're like, 'Oh gosh, we've got to play him?' Brady and Peyton Manning, those are the two guys," said Ryan. "There's a lot of good quarterbacks in the league, but for my money, those are the two best guys.

"It's not that we're scared of him, or something like that. We just look at it as an opportunity to match yourself up against the best, and that's where I put Tom Brady."

Ryan called his 9-2 Jets team a "resilient group" that's "finding ways to win games." It's something that his Jets team wasn't doing as much of last season. As much as this year's improvement has to do with their own organization as a whole, Ryan praised Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Thursday, saying that he's one of the only coaches that he still learns from each week.

"There are very few coaches that I steal from, but Bill Belichick's one of them," said Ryan. "He's so creative, what he does coverage-wise, how he looks at things, puts traps out there. the guy's an amazing coach. Like I said, the best coach in football. It's not even close. That's a guy that I will study. Each week, I'll just pop their tape on to see what he's doing."

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans roll to 36-22 victory over Jaguars


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans roll to 36-22 victory over Jaguars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There's nothing like a visit from the Jacksonville Jaguars to make the Tennessee Titans remember how to protect their home field.

Marcus Mariota threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns to end his home struggles and the Titans had their highest point total of the season in a 36-22 victory over the Jaguars on Thursday night.

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Develin stays on top of tight end techniques in case he's next man up


Develin stays on top of tight end techniques in case he's next man up

FOXBORO -- Once the Patriots traded AJ Derby to the Broncos for a fifth-round pick earlier this week, they were left with just two tight ends on their roster. While those two tight ends -- Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett -- have played as two of the best tight ends in football this season, it's a position group that has been considerably thinned. 

Until coach Bill Belichick adds another player at that spot, James Develin would be the logical "next man up." A position group unto himself as the team's lone active fullback -- the other fullback in the locker room is practice-squad player Glenn Gronkowski -- Develin meets with Patriots tight ends and coach Brian Daboll on a daily basis because the fullback and tight-end responsibilities in the Patriots offense are similar, particularly in the run game.

As much time as he spends with that group, Develin tries to absorb what he can when it comes to the nuances of the position. 

"I always kind of try to prepare, obviously, for my fullback role, but then in any other role that I might be called upon for," Develin said on Thursday. "A couple years ago, we had a bunch of injuries during the offseason program, during OTAs, and I filled in a little bit at tight end. I try to keep myself familiar with all those techniques and that tight end role so if the day were to come where I needed to go out there and do it, I'd be able to go out there and do it."

When the Patriots began the season relying more on the run, Develin was called upon to play a relatively significant role in the offense. He averaged 21.3 snaps per game through the first three games of the season, but that number has fallen to 13.6 since Tom Brady's return from a four-game suspension. Still, his role can be a critical one. 

The Patriots' running game faltered last season after both Blount and Dion Lewis went down with season-ending injuries. Having Develin in the mix as an extra blocker would not have guaranteed a more efficient attack, but it may have helped the team's running-game woes late in the year. 

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels now has the luxury of bringing Develin onto the field when he wants some added muscle for his blocking schemes, and should the Patriots need a tight end in a pinch, Develin could do that too.

"A lot of times, especially in the blocking game, really the only difference [between fullback and tight end] is that I'm five yards off the ball in the backfield and they're up on the line," Develin said. "The angles are a little bit different. But a lot of times the assignment is typcially the same thing. It's just the technique of getting there and the angles that you take.

"Then in the passing game, as a tight end, there's just a lot more routes and stuff like that. I try to work on that to help me as a fullback to be a little bit better in space . . . It's a sybiotic relationship." 

As it is, Develin will line up occasionally outside. Though not a threat as a receiver in that spot in the same way that Gronkowski or Bennett would be, he understands some of the different looks tight ends have to be comfortable with.

If an emergency arose and he was asked to fill that role, he wouldn't hesitate.

"There's a little bit of carry-over depending on what we're doing or whatever play we have called where I'll line up on the line," he said. "But that's kind of what a fullback has to do. You kind of have to be able to be thrown into whatever position on the field that you gotta do and you gotta just do your job."