"You can't just sit in one coverage all the time because they'll eventually have an answer for it," Pettine said. "I think we need to do a good job of making sure he doesn't know the coverage pre-snap. If he's going to figure it out, let it be post-snap."Forcing Rivers to take another second to think will be an important part of the next part of the Jets plan: taking advantage of the weaknesses in Rivers' arm and throwing motion.
"We talk about it when we give the scouting report," Pettine said. "I think it's critical for our defensive line to understand, that if [they] get stalemated on the rush, then go ahead and get a hand up. He's 6-foot-5, but the release point is not that of somebody that is 6-5. It's documented that he's had more than an average amount of balls deflected on him. That's always something for our guys.
"And he's also a guy, he doesn't have the biggest arm in the world, and most quarterbacks like to step into their throws. Some can do it, some have strong enough arms where they can be falling away and make a throw, but most can't. So that's always a thing for us, that hey, listen, if I do get stuck, just keep pushing the pocket, and anytime we can throw bodies at the feet of a quarterback, we should be in good shape."