When B-Marsh Isn’t The First Option
The New York Jets most exciting and memorable touchdown of 2015 came on a play that resulted in touchdown for a receiver not named Brandon Marshall.
However, Marshall had the biggest impact on the play.
It was Week 16. The Jets were hosting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots with their playoff lives on the line. It was overtime and Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Eric Decker on a flat fade route to give the Jets the thrilling 26-20 win:
Again, it comes down to simple math.
Fearing Marshall in this situation, Bill Belichick made sure his one extra roaming safety was over-the-top of B-Marsh. Check out the left side of the screen for yourself. There was no chance Marshall would ever be able to beat two guys in such a short space of the field.
Naturally, this opens up opportunities for other weapons.
Fitz threw a strike on a flat-fade to Decker as he easily beat the single-coverage.
While B-Marsh wasn’t the one who caught the pass, he impacted the play greater than any other Jets on the field.