btw it's obvious that sliming down will make you quicker. Not if you're thin like Maybin, but if you're thick like Bart of course it will help his lateral movement, backpedal, and change of direction skills.
I don't think its far-fetched to think Scott can lose TOO much weight and it not help him. I compare this to a fighter. Just cause you lose weight doesn't mean you are more explosive. Look at MMA fighters and boxers who move down in weight you don't see the guys fighting with an all of a sudden super explosive speed. You are what you are ... sometimes a guy will move down in weight and maybe have a little bit more power cause he's in his proper weight class now but he won't be any more explosive at all. In Football you don't have the luxury of facing guys at your weight class. There will be some bigger TE's, and the Olinemen aren't going to get any smaller.
I heard Rex, Pettine, and even Bart during the OTA's mention words like "more explosive" .. "running around looking quicker" ... A. nobody is hitting this guy and knocking him around for 2 and a half quarters in OTA's B. he might just be IN-shape vs last year looking completely out of whack and C. the idea that some how this dude is going to be running around the field looking Urlacher in his prime'ish is just bananaz. You are what you are. If there was a trick to magically turn into Seau in his prime like losing some weight then EVERY one would have done it by now. Obviously athleticism plays a role, determination, confidence, and strength. If he's more determined and confident cause he lost some weight cool ... you don't have to be professional personal traininer to know the weight loss won't turn him into an explosive ball-hawk who automatically now has turned into a guy who can cover RB's, TE's, and etc. We're not talking about a guy off his couch losing weight and getting IN-shape. We're talking about a professional athlete who just shed some pounds. Its not going to make him a different player. The only thing it might do with too many pounds shed in the upper body is get him pushed around a little more. Lets see ... O Linemen pushing player X at 250 pounds or O linemen pushing the same player X at around 263 pounds ... hmmmm ... forget what Science tells us lets just defer to everything else.
Some players struggle to keep the weight on and other struggle to keep it off.
Scott may be one that always found it difficult to maintain the weight. By trying to maintain that weight the value achieved was offset by the speed lost,
when he was younger and faster, the offset was negligible, it is no longer so in Rex's and his opinion.
Mass/Velocity Physics aside, The hit you deliver is based on you technique. Guys like, Atwater, Lott, Lynch, Harrison were some of the hardest hitters on the field and only weighed #210-#220. This is the result of technique.
This is a good thing for the jets, He could no longer play at 250, and he wants to try giving it a go at 235, what's to lose?
I also completely disagree with saying that 46 is obsolete. Where are you getting this from? We had a hard time for a little while setting the edge, but at the end of the season there weren't many running to the outside.
The problems with covering the TE I believe was solved by signing Landry and Bell. Rex wants to get another guy up on the line of scrimmage that can play bump and run with the TE's. Landry and Bell are two big safeties that can not only knock receivers off their routes but they will also be great in run support.
At the end of the day, pass rush runs it all anyway. ANY QB, no matter who it may be, cannot throw quick passes if they do not have the time to throw or for the route to develop. That's just common sense. I also believe the Jets will have a better pass rush than ever before. That's only my thinking (no proof), but they drafted Coples with the intention of making him a pass rushing DE. Maybin will have another season under his belt and will get his share of sacks.
2. If the 46 was so great why doesn't anybody run it anymore. There are significant vulnerabilities to the defense and you need very specific personnel. It is not an easy defense to run.
3. I have to agree to disagree. IMO neither Landry or Bell are good in coverage and I believe the TE will continue to be a huge problem. But we will see.
4. I agree. I think the pass rush will be better. And if we ever develop a reliable natural pass rush (4 man) then that will help with a lot of the coverage problems.
I see what the defense is doing as being united. They're all seemingly working out hard. Working on schemes. Working to be better than they have.
How is any of this bad? Does anyone here know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the Jets are going to run a 46 defense? A traditional 46? Knowing that we play the TE and middle crossing WR pass happy Patriots twice a year? Or a 4-3? Like the Giants?
The team is trying to improve this off-season, moreso than any other under Rex.
Everything Rex is trying to do is predicated on speed and pass rush, hence the weight loss and Coples. It's not a secret. What is a secret is how he plans to use the personnel. Maybin? Wilkerson's productivity? Everything depends on something else.
You won't know what the defense is going to do until you watch the secondary. The secondary tells you what the LBs are doing, and then what the DL does. That's how QBs read the field after the ball is snapped.
Brady has little clue as to what we're up to this offseason. Why do we think we know? We can discuss it, and give opinions, but already half dismissing an off-season of work based on those opinions is silly. So negative.
What would you have the defense do? The clearly have a plan, and I like that, more than any other year.
I agree with everything you are saying. Like I said, I think we will be "multiple" (to quote Ryan and Pettine) in our defenses. Which is way I think all the "are we moving to the 4-3 or 46 defense" talk is unnecessary. I think we are going for versatility which is a very good thing to do.
I just do not see Scott being any more effective b.c he is lighter. I liked him the way he was. Go downhill, take on blocks and be physical. We wouldn't have to worry about our LBers in coverage if we would have gotten better Safeties. No team likes to have their LBers in coverage. Very few LBers are good in coverage which is why I think all the knocks on our LBers are overblown and nonsense. What we need is good cover safeties and I have my doubts about Landry and Bell in coverage. Combine that with a reliable conventional pass rush and then we will be cooking.
But the safeties, in terms of coverage, is still an "oy vey" IMO.
My two biggest worries are RT and Safety. And if we have problems at RT after having ample opportunities to upgrade then I think there is going to be a lot of splainin to do.