2012 Jets Defense - GET AMPED
I know most people on here are pretty confident this year's D will be looking good, but in the name of giving the forum some more positive threads, here are some reasons to get absolutely psyched about the Defense we're going tobe rolling out this year:
In short, we've upgraded at almost every single position:
Landry/Bell - If you don't think this is a huge upgrade over Leonard and Smith...you don't have a pulse. Landry is a decently fast playmaker who (to use a cliche) is quite literally built like a linebacker...and a scary one at that.
Revis Island/AlCromtraz - STILL probably the best CB duo in the league. Crom gets a lot of flack on the boards here but he's also getting thrown at a hell of a lot more than most #2 CBs and still keeps opposing WR numbers low. Revis...he's simply the best...enough said.
D-Line - Coples has looked absolutely beastly this pre-season, yes it's the pre-season, but you can't deny the guy has got talent and a skill set few DEs possess. The development of Kenrick Ellis is possibly the most exciting point of the off-season, he's beginning to show the raw physical ability he was drafted for. And another season under Mo Wilk's belt will only help the kid. The D-line is finally going to be more than just run stoppers, they're going to be collapsing pockets all day.
Linebackers - Possibly the least "improved" of the bunch, yet that assertion should be tempered considering the improvements listed above. Harris will be Harris, tackling all over the field, Bart looks to be in incredible shape, and will hopefully play much faster, and personally I'm very excited to see Demario Davis get in there and show off his speed in passing situations. His ceiling is very high, but it will likely take a few seasons before he becomes a force, still though, his athleticism will only help keep the other insiders fresh by rotating in during some passing situations
While I'm not so high on Pace and Maybin as some people might be (more so maybin than pace), these guys will be able to get better pressure considering the upgrades in the d-line. Still though, this looks to be the next area of improvement for us in years to come.
I'm thinking we're gonna be top 2 in the league this year, especially since the re-devotion to ground and pound will likely control the clock more and stop the D from taking the field on 3 and outs all day.
So if you've got some Jets D love you haven't gotten to express quite yet, go for it. Today marks the beginning of the NFL season, and I couldn't be any more psyched.