Originally Posted by heymangold
The first 2 years of Rex's defense was a shock and awe to the league. His tricks have been figured out, and you could see that from the end of last season and the beginning of this season. Their playing markedly better, even if it was against a hapless rams team, they forced turnovers and looked dominant. Look back to the first patriots game, kept it close for the offense, who just couldn't cut it. So yes, they are growing.
I think the downfall of the defense has more to do with the aging of the LB corps. BT, Pace and Bart Scott have been stalwarts here for years but they are over the hill now. We got a killer secondary, even without Revis. We have fixed the problems on the DLine where we got two young studs in Wilkerson and Coples starting to realize their potential. The main problems is the LB corps where Harris is the only real quality starter. Davis is a rookie but he should come around.
Now going forward, it is time for the Jets to finally acknowledge their problems at OLB and invest in the position again - just like they did with Calvin Pace a couple of years ago. We need young, athletic edge rushers or this D will never take the next step and get back to the dominance they displayed a few years ago.