Jets Secondary Searches for Answers

As journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill threaded the Jets’ defense in the 49ers’ 24-14 win, the Jets’ secondary stood in frustration. The loss rivaled only an Oct. 19 defeat to the lowly Raiders as the lowpoint of the season, but the struggles in the secondary were all too familiar. After adding a pass-rush specialist in outside linebacker Calvin Pace and handing a wakeup call to Bryan Thomas during the offseason, the Jets thought they had discovered their answers on defense. Jets management figured pressure on opposing quarterbacks would benefit a suspect secondary and force offenses into game-breaking mistakes. While the Jets’ pass rush has shown flashes of success this season, the pass defense has been paper thin. For a team that was once 8-3 and had a city captivated over a dream “Subway Super Bowl,” the Jets coverage through the air has been painful to watch. The Jets’ defense has allowed 251 passing yards per game, only ranking ahead of the 2-11 Seahawks (264.8 passing yards allowed/game). Unproven signal-callers Matt Cassel, JaMarcus Russell and Tyler Thigpen have already enjoyed career performances against the Jets. The Jets have already allowed over 240 yards passing nine times this season and have surrendered 19 total touchdown passes.

Here’s a look at a few of those rough afternoons…

Week Three: Chargers Philip Rivers (48-29 Loss) 19-of-25, 250 yards, three TD, one INT

Week Four: Cardinals Kurt Warner (56-35 Win) 40-of-57, 472 yards, two TD, three INT

Week Seven: Raiders JaMarcus Russell (16-13 OT Loss) 17-of-30, 203 yards, one TD

Week Eight: Chiefs Tyler Thigpen (28-24 Win) 25-of-36, 280 yards, two TD

Week Eleven: Patriots Matt Cassel (34-31 OT Win) 30-of-51, 400 yards, three TD

Week Thirteen: Broncos Jay Cutler (34-17 Loss) 27-of-43, 357 yards, two TD, one INT

Week Fourteen: 49ers Shaun Hill (24-14 Loss) 28-of-39, 285 yards, two TD, one INT

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