By Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Jan. 24, 2010
Tough loss: When the Jets lost nickel cornerback Donald Strickland to an injury in the first quarter, their pass defense felt it immediately.
The game plan was to pressure Manning and play a good dose of man-to-man coverage against the Colts receivers. Shutdown corner Darelle Revis blanketed Wayne, and Strickland was doing a solid job against Garçon and Collie, but once he left the game, Manning went after the less experienced Dwight Lowery.
The injury forced benched starter Lito Sheppard to play a role in the specialty defenses, creating another hole. Backup safety Eric Smith and third-string cornerback Drew Coleman also were forced to play a significant number of snaps.
“When Strickland went down, it made things tough,” safety Jim Leonhard said. “When you’re down guys, you have to start switching positions and it’s hard to get comfortable. It’s frustrating.”