It has been widely reported that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan signed a multi-year extension with the team. “Roller coaster” accurately describes his tenure in New York thus far. Those first two years almost saw this often-tortured fan base witness their first Super Bowl appearance in over four decades. Ryan, of course, made his mark by displaying tremendous defensive acumen.
Gang Green enjoyed truly dominating units during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. The results have tailed off somewhat since, but they have remained in the top half statistically. For some reason though, something was always missing. The early teams intimidated opponents with hard-hitting linebackers like Bart Scott. The pass rush has continued to plague the Jets for years. Now, a tremendous defensive line has fixed this issue.
However, it is a problem with pass coverage that holds them back. Trading All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis last year definitely hurt the team.
That said, defensive end Sheldon Richardson’s selection came from this deal. Dee Milliner showed progress down the stretch. Veteran Antonio Cromartie battled hip issues, and he reportedly feels that New York will make him a cap casualty. Their reserves: Darren Walls, Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant aren’t exactly starters.
Bringing in a reasonable veteran or mid-level draft choice would improve a rotation behind Milliner and the presumed new starter Kyle Wilson. There are concerns at safety as someone needs to start opposite Dawan Landry, who also needs to improve his coverage skills. If these issues are improved, then this defense will be scary. GM John Idzik will look to make subtle additions this offseason.