It’s not just about stopping running back Reggie Bush when the Jets go to Miami on Sunday. He’s one of the most dangerous backs in the NFL, but the Jets believe that preparing for the Dolphins’ no-huddle offense and for the hot and humid South Florida weather will be major factors in controlling Bush and the Miami offense.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said on Thursday that the Jets have “win the game on and off the field. On the field, the Jets’ scout team has been simulating Miami’s offense by mimicking the no-huddle style.
“They kind of cluster near the ball, but it’s not super uptempo,” Pettine said of the Dolphins. “I would say they’re snapping the ball anywhere around 15 and 20 seconds left on the play clock. But it’s certainly a concern because it’s a one o’clock game in Miami, and it’s to their advantage having that type of system in South Florida. You saw the Raiders faded late.”
Miami defeated Oakland, 35-13 last week, outscoring the Raiders 28-3 in the second half. Even in their 30-10 loss to Houston, the Dolphins won the second half, 7-6.
“They’ve really worn teams down,” Pettine said. “I think that’s one of the reasons their second in the league in rushing. A lot of those yards came late. It’s a concern. A big focus this week was handling the uptempo. We’re simulating it as best as we can in practice.”
Off the field, Pettine said the key is being well-hydrated. “You can’t wake up Sunday morning and realize, ‘Oh, I think I need to get myself hydrated,’” Pettine said. “It’s a week-long thing. I think the forecast is for a typical Miami day, 85 degrees and a chance of thunderstorms. But we’ll be prepared.”
Under the weather conditions, it will be important for the Jets to rotate players on defense, and Pettine believes that’s a strength for his unit. “I like our depth defensively, especially in the defensive line,” he said. “The five or six guys we’ll have up all could start. That position for sure is one where you need to roll guys in and keep them fresh. There won’t be a big dropoff when we’re substituting.”