The defense IMO has been the biggest disappointment this season. Everyone should have expected that the offense would have problemscoming into this season. That pretty much went without saying.
I thought the defense would be the saving grace though. I thought the defense would keep us in games. Earlier in the season, it didn't work out that way. They got pushed all over the place.
However, recently they are improving. They are playing much better.
I think the emergence of Cro in the absence of Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson (within the last couple of games), and Quinton Coples has started to give the defense some attitude. They are starting to impose their will on offenses earlier and earlier now.
What's even more encouraging is that there are more and more plays being made behind the LOS. That, coupled with some surprising pressure on the QB, makes me think we are seeing the emergence of a pass rush.
Can you imagine that? Something we've been clamoring for a long time.
They have a huge test tonight though. They'll need to play much better than there last two games to give the Jets a shot at winning. But I believe they can do it.
Lets hope this trend continues. Everyone always knew they had the talent to be top notch, but I think just now they are starting to show it.
Our problems are not on D.
And by growing do you mean regressing considerably from the 2-3 seasons prior? I certainly have not seen much to back your point outside of last week's beat down of the hapless Rams?
I say the same thing now as i said last year, and the year before, and the year before and the year before.
Our defence would go from good to great if we had an olb pass rushing stud.
Edit: whoa, our sack stats are nothing short of pathetic. Our leading sacker is Bryan Thomas with 2.5 sacks. 81st overall in the league.
Last edited by Beerfish; 11-22-2012 at 11:35 AM.
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Ricky Sapp has been a nice addition....he causes problems in the backfield
our linebackers are awful. can't pass rush, can't tackle and slow as hell.
gotta fix that.
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.
Our defense is now best suited to handle the Patriots and other spread offenses with our Big Nickle and 4 DL line personnel. However, I agree we are a stud rush OLB away from being elite. We also don't match as well with teams that run a smashmouth offense. (i.e. 49ers, Seattle, Pitt)
If you look at the 49ers, Ravens, and Steelers (3 teams I think we try to emulate), they each have 2 stud edge rushers. I think it's interesting how the 49ers use Justin Smith at 5DT and Aldon Smith at OLB as their edge rushers. I think we are more in the 49ers mold with Coples being an edge rusher regardless of whether we are in 3 or 4 man fronts, and the missing piece is the opposite edge rusher. IMO Coples is someone we cant take off the field right now because he is our best pass rusher.
Harris has been terrible this year and is just as much to blame as the other dinosaurs playing LB.The main problems is the LB corps where Harris is the only real quality starter. Davis is a rookie but he should come around.
Harris is living off his reputation with Jet fans. He was mediocre last year and has been even worse this year. He was never good in coverage so thats nothing new, but now he's slow getting to the hole and has a ton of missed tackles.
However, I blame that on the offense. They went 3 and out for just about the entire game. Did they even have ANY points on offense? Point being, EVERY defense will eventually crack and give up big gains if they are forced to spend almost twice the amount of time playing defense. The time of possession in that was almost 2 to 1 in the Seaslugs favor.
We, as fans, found out that the defense still has some stamina issues. They need to work on being in better shape so they can still compete in a tight defensive battle.
But once again the defense was top notch for 3/4 of the game, despite the offense doing nothing to help them out or spell them.
Moreover, the Jets are stasrting to look much more like a 4-3 defense. In that defense, typically the pass rush comes from the DL. Once again, nothing written in stone which says you MUST get pressure from one particular position, but just relying on historical norms.