The Jets offense has struggled immensely in 2016. While they have the 19th most total yards, they have scored the fourth fewest points. This is mostly due to their issues turning the ball over and their inability to run the ball. After Geno Smith‘s injury last week, Ryan Fitzpatrick returns to the position on Sunday.
The one way the Jets can move the ball is with running backs Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Their running game sets up a play-action game, which can be productive if Fitzpatrick has a pocket. If he doesn’t though, the results are catastrophic for New York’s offense.
This is why the Browns must rush the passer whenever they get the opportunity. Fitzpatrick is far from mobile, and when he exits the pocket, he is a much less efficient passer. He is also much more prone to turning the ball over when rushed.
Collapsing the pocket is the first step to forcing incompletions and possible turnovers. In order to do this, the young Cleveland pass rushers will need to step up again, and defensive coordinator Ray Horton will have to be very aggressive. Expect Carl Nassib, Emmanuel Ogbah and Danny Shelton to be vital in breaking down the pocket and throwing the Jets’ passing attack off-balance. If they do this successfully, the Browns will dominate in the turnover battle, time of possession, and the field position battle.