Everyone thought Jenkins getting injured would cripple our defense and we wouldn't be able to stop the run. Turns out before Jenkins got injured we were allowing 4.0 yds per run while after he got injured we only allow 3.5 yds per run.
first 6 games 173 attempts for 694 yds which is 4.0 yds per run
last 9 games 229 attempts for 812 yds which is 3.5 yds per run
We are playing a ton more 4 man line without Jenkins then when he was playing. As great as a lineman he is, a 4 man line is going to be better against the run even with Jenkins in the middle than a 3 man line. But..you lose some complexity with the types of blitzes you can call with 3 LBs vs 4. Thats why you haven't seen too many sacks etc..
Even with a healthy Jenkins next year I think/hope we rotate in alot more 4 man lines. How about one with Haynesworth and Jenkins as yor DTs? wow!
[QUOTE=FloridaJetsFan;3428493]Devito was huge for us this year and I hope we can keep him next year. Anyone know who we're likely to lose from the D next year? Oh yeah - And a Happy New Year to my Jets family!!!!![/QUOTE]
I'm pretty sure we locked in Devito in the offseason to a new 3 year contract.:)
I dont think those stats say much about Jenkins though....
I think it says
A) Pouha and Devito have done an excellent job against the run in Jenkins's place.....although I will point out that neither is the pass rusher that Jenkins was though.
B) More importantly, and sometimes lost in the shuffle, is that our linebackers are much more comfterable within the system now, and doing a much better job at gap-protection then they were months ago.