Andy Dalton sliced and diced the New York Jets through the air in their Week 2 preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It seemed as if Dalton could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted against the Jets’ secondary. After the Jets’ struggles against the pass on Saturday night, it made me realize that it’s time for the team to look elsewhere for help at the cornerback position.
After suffering major injuries to corners Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle, the Jets hoped for a quick, cheap solution to the issue. Rex Ryan tried to take safety Antonio Allen and convert him to corner, but even though Allen wasn’t bad, he sure wasn’t good enough to cover A.J. Green and some of the other top receivers he may match up against in the league.
Luckily for the Jets, they should have a good chance at grabbing a veteran corner from another team due to the 53-roster cut that takes place before the season starts. I’m sure the Jets are going to be dumpster diving through other team’s players hoping to strike gold. It’s worth a shot, because if Saturday night was any any indication of the future for the Jets’ secondary, it’s not looking very bright.
GM John Idzik should be nervous if the Jets can’t find a fix to this problem. He let some big free agent corners walk right on by, and now it’s all on his shoulders to find someone to replace what they have lost. There is still time for the Jets to make a trade or bring someone in via free agency, but the options are very, very thin.
If the Jets head into the regular season with the same group of corners they have now, I hate to say it, but the team looks destined to end up in the bottom-10 in pass defense. Sure the Jets have a great front-seven, but that won’t scare opposing quarterbacks because all they would have to do is take a two-step drop and continue to hit receiver after receiver on quick passing routes; Tom Brady makes a living off short five-yard passes by the way.
It was a good try on the Allen experiment, and even though we only have a small sample size of what he can do, that pass defense was ugly on Saturday night. Here is to hoping that someone steps up for Jets very soon or the team goes out and finds a permanent solution.