Leading up to the contest against the Pittsburg Steelers in Week 6, there was a lot of discussion about the New York Jets and their impressive defense. Yes, Gang Green has a great front to pressure quarterbacks. The secondary however, has problems so far this year. Two safeties in Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry were supposed to be an intriguing pair. They haven’t been terrible but have given up big plays. Upon losing, Darrelle Revis was supposed to open chances for former teammate Antonio Cromartie as New York’s No. 1 corner. What has followed is disappointment in coverage ability. Constantly getting beaten by faster receivers has created some issues.
When signal callers do get time they have made significant gains downfield. Now don’t get me wrong, when on his game Cromartie represents one of football’s premier defensive backs. Whatever health issues he has, I feel for him. Clearly, this player is not 100 percent healthy. Dee Milliner inspires confidence as a rookie, but he has also been hurt. This lack of health from both players hinders their ability to have optimum coverage through the air.
Ben Roethlisberger tore him apart while he looked sluggish. Injuries for athletes bring a legitimate concern. As your body presents barriers, it is hard to overcome. Going forward, there needs to be some solid improvement or players will face being benched. Tom Brady will also look to succeed against him next week. They need him to revert to last year’s solid form.