New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan suggested that the defense might have to play more cover 2 to give the secondary help. For the secondary though it is a point of pride to play without that help.
“I think a lot of people take pride in it,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “You don’t want to get beat.”
Cromartie said the problem comes down to technique errors, not that they’re getting beat. Cromartie also suggests the secondary has to go after the ball more.
“Every (problem we have is) something we did within the first 15 yards of that play that gets us in trouble,” Cromartie said. “It’s not a point of a guy just flat out beating us.”
“When I got beat last week, I stopped my feet, I looked back at the quarterback, stopped my feet and I never looked at the receiver,” Cromartie added, referring to the touchdown pass he gave up to Marquise Goodwin. “It’s not just small technique stuff. When the ball is in the air, just go get the ball, don’t worry about the receiver, try to go find the ball.”