Defense has long been the specialty of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. His approach is seen as aggressive, while recently dealing with young and a lack of largely established talent. Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples are awesome inside pass rushing options. Damon “Snacks” Harrison and Sheldon Richardson also add to this group. David Harris is a dependable middle linebacker as well. Now one missing part of this defense remains on the outside.
To improve a weakness on his current team, Ryan may look to the past. Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has stated that former Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs realistically may not be back in 2014. Multiple media reports say that a decision likely will be made next week.
This past year he recorded 80 total tackles which shows that no decline is imminent from the 31-year-old. Baltimore’s defensive intensity for over a decade came from Suggs, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Now there appears to be a changing of the guard.
Money poured in to quarterback Joe Flacco. Other parts of the team were forsaken as Anquan Boldin was shipped off for a sixth-round pick. Flacco turned into a turnover prone individual.
He was a big reason why his team failed to defend their Super Bowl title. Suggs could serve as a cap casualty counting $12 million against his team’s personnel budget. Calvin Pace played well this year, but given his age, would have difficulty repeating this next season. Garrett McIntyre is good for depth only. Gang Green has an opportunity to spend over these next few months. Getting Suggs would be an upgrade in both run and pass defense. Ryan has signed former Ravens Jim Loenhard, Bart Scott and Reed before. He should do it again with Suggs if the chance arrives.