Buffalo’s highly touted, well paid and retooled defensive front 4 had an exceptional afternoon against the pathetic New York Jets offensive line. The stats tell the whole story: the Jets O line had neither a single yard rushing nor a single pass reception. This ties an NFL record. New defensive coordinator Wannstedt said “we came into the game knowing we had to stop both the fumblerooski as well as the deflected pass to the O linemen. We accomplished both.” The basic strategy employed was to trade any semblance of a “pass rush” for the more subtle “pass push.” The “push” involves a well choreographed slow move at the snap to an upright position, a rhythmic push to the shoulder pads followed by a gentle embrace of the opponent. The $100 million man, Mario Williams, was able to execute this technique perfectly despite playing against a future Hall of Famer. Mario’s post game presser also disclosed that he was tortured throughout the game by the hideous and venal practice of “hands to the face.” Super Mario emphasized that he reported the incidents to the appropriate on field authorities but he failed to obtain adequate relief. A lesser player would have just given up and gone through the motions until the post game meal.
The defensive line performance was equaled if not surpassed by the brilliance and imagination of the entire defensive backfield. Traditional schemes like man to man or zone coverage were eschewed in favor of the highly complex “Lost in Space” scheme. Right from the opening whistle, Leodis McKelvin showed he was without peer while performing Lost in Space. Backing way off, turning the wrong way, deftly tripping over his own Nike’s, Leo was a prima ballerina (ballerinum?). First round draft pick Stephon Gilmore moon walked through the Lost in Space scheme like a grizzled veteran. An essential part of being Lost is the look of startled bewilderment. He had it. Believability is crucial in his role and he excelled. This was nowhere more apparent than when a wide receiver used the illegal and immoral “double move” against Gilmoron. His physicality was on display for all to see when he lined up mano et mano against the dreaded and fearless Mark Sanchez. Stephony kicked his butt. Safeties Byrd and Wilson, the producer and director of Lost in Space, remained unseen and unheard from throughout, not wanting to upstage the leading roles. Bravo!