When the 2014 Seattle Seahawks won the Superbowl they did it with defense. That Seahawks defense outshone everyone else because played with a little something extra, a little something extra called swagger. The word swagger gets thrown around a lot but it serves a purpose. A defense with swagger is a defense that believes that no matter the opponent, no matter the odds, its group of players can beat anyone.
Calvin Pryor is a promising rookie that plays with swagger and loves to talk trash on the field just like the Seahawks’ defense. If there’s a receiver or running back in the open field I would fear to be them. If you doubt my reason to fear Pryor just remember that in 2013 he knocked out three opponents in three consecutive games on bone-crushing hits. Pryor is not all intimidation though — the kid can play the game at a very high level. The Louisville Cardinal totaled 218 tackles in three seasons with nine force fumbles and seven picks.
The Jets grabbed Pryor with a first-round pick because he has the type of attitude that Rex Ryan loves in his defensive players. This season the Jets chose to let Ed Reed walk because they knew they had a potential Reed of their own waiting in the wings. Now that Pryor is in the Jets’ secondary it gives opposing quarterbacks another thing to worry about. Not only is it hard trying to avoid Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, but if Pryor is set loose along with those two, watch out.
The knock on Pryor is his inability to cover man to man, but its a small problem that can be fixed when you’re working with the great defensive mind of Rex Ryan. I’m excited to see what Pryor can bring to the table for the Jets and I think he has the perfect opportunity to succeed.
Let’s hope that Pryor can be the Jets version of Seahawk Kam Chancellor.