The Big Game is upon us. I think the Ravens potentially have more weapons than the Pentagon. These are some of my thoughts on the game.
1. Attack with 11 personnel. This will allow Boldin, Mason and Housh/Smith/Reed to spread the field and go after Revis , Cromatie and Wilson. Is Revis in great football shape? Is Kyle Wilson ready to cover veteran WR's on the Ravens?
2. From 11 personnel use stack, diamond, bunch formations and rub routes with pick elements to free-up our WR's and confused the DB's. Also detach the TE to move the blitzers away from the formation. Use the sugar huddle to limit substitutions by the Jets.
3. In the run game. Call flip crack 90 and toss sweep to the Revis side of the field. Force Revis to come up in run support. Pull the tackle and blow him up. Can he holdup? Have the WR (Boldin or Houshmandzadeh) crack down on the DE. This helps to seal it up.
4. Use 3x1 formations and throw to the weak side of the formation at Revis a couple times a quarter.
5. Whomever Revis is matched on have that WR run go (9) routes back to back to back further testing the limits of his conditioning.
6. Use short Z, X and Y motion to allow for cleaner releases off the line. This forces Revis and their DB's to use more energy.
7. Use the sugar huddle to limit substitutions by the Jets defensively. Another way to tire out the Jets defense.
8. Run some now routes and bubble screens to test the tackling ability of the Jets CB's. We already know about Cromatie’s disdain for contact.
Spreading the Jets out can help to neutralize the pass-rush of the Jets. With the Jets spread out on defense, Flacco reads should be more simplified. Ray Rice is a terrific back from spread sets. 11 and 10 personnel keeps the backs in the gameplan while giving the Ravens the opportunity to put the best personnel on the field.
Also, Flacco needs to keep an eye out for Jim Leonard. The Jets bring Leonard in a trail blitz behind the first blitzer in the same hole.