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This is the game-day version of the New York Jets mailbag, which features a big-picture question about the defense :

#jetsmail Rich, you've been at camp for years, can the defense keep them in games this year or are we looking at regular blowouts ?

 
  • @RichCimini: The best way to answer that is like this: It depends on the opponent.
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  • As you know, the Jets defense is front-heavy, meaning the strength is on the line. Because of that, they will do well against run-oriented teams such as the Buffalo Bills (LeSean McCoy), Jacksonville Jaguars (Leonard Fournette) and a few other opponents later in the schedule. If the game is decided in the trenches, yes, the Jets have enough on defense to keep them in it.

But here's the problem : The way their defense is constructed -- questions at cornerback, rookies at safety and no proven edge rushers -- the Jets will be hard-pressed to keep it close against high-powered passing attacks. If I were playing the Jets, I'd spread them out with three- and four-receiver packages and throw quickly, neutralizing Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. You saw it in a bunch of games last season. It's tough for 300-pound guys to rush the passer when the ball is coming out in one to two seconds.

The Jets will see that approach from a handful of opponents on their schedule, most notably the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots (naturally) and New Orleans Saints. It'll be up to Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers to make adjustments, which could mean playing more zone than usual. No doubt, they're counting on rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye to provide a new dimension in terms of pass coverage, but it'll be hard to camouflage their deficiencies at cornerback. Smart coaches and quarterbacks will smell blood and attack.

What I'm saying is, if young players such as Adams, Maye, Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins don't establish themselves as above-average NFL starters, the defense will have some long days ... and that'll mean some really long days for the entire team.

But here's a glimmer of hope: The schedule includes only four of the top 12 passing offenses from last season. Trends vary from year to year, but, hey, it's something, right ?

>     http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/70242/can-defense-save-jets-from-weekly-blowouts-well-that-depends

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Jets defense announces its mission with punishing force

The Jets’ starting defensive front spent the second half of Saturday’s preseason opener taking group runs up and down the sidelines during lulls in the action at MetLife Stadium.

Their real work for the night was done, but defensive tackle Steve McLendon wanted to keep his group sharp.

“It’s all of us together,” McLendon said. “We just want to stay in shape. We got pulled early, so the biggest thing is continue to condition, continue to get after it.”

They did plenty of that while they were on the field, setting the tone on a night when the defense racked up eight sacks and stifled the Titans en route to a 7-3 win.

On their first three defensive plays, the Jets were tagged for 29 yards and a pair of first downs. That quickly changed, thanks to a swarming defensive front.Revved up by a sack of Marcus Mariota from third-year defensive end Leonard Williams on the very next play, the Jets went on to hold the Titans in check — and scoreless — for the remainder of the first half.“It definitely gave us a little bit of momentum,” Williams said of his sack. “They came out and snapped the ball really quick on the very first play and caught us off guard a little bit. The defense rallied together and got off the field, offense scored on the first drive and things were rolling pretty well for us.”

With Mariota at quarterback for the first two series, the Titans mustered just 6 yards on six plays following their first three plays of the game. Buster Skrine nearly picked off Mariota near the end of the first quarter to send him off with a bang.But it was the front seven that made the most noise. Plenty of it came when linebacker Julian Stanford delivered a rude welcome to backup quarterback Alex Tanney on the Titans’ first drive of the second quarter.

As Tanney looked downfield for a receiver, Stanford came around from the left side and hit him in the chest, flattening him for a sack and loss of 6 yards. Tanney was forced to leave the game after the hard hit, though he returned for the next series.“The biggest thing is our coach preached all week about getting on the edge, putting pressure on these quarterbacks because we know what kind of quarterbacks we were facing, especially in Mariota,” McLendon said. “We knew we had to come out fast and put our bodies on them. I think the guys — every guy that got a sack tonight — did exactly what the coaches told them. … We can be a real good defense, all we gotta do is keep doing the little things and we’ll be all right.”

Stanford, an undrafted free agent out of Wagner now in his sixth year in the NFL, was one of eight Jets with a sack. Joining him were Williams, Josh Martin, Jordan Jenkins, Devon Still, Bruce Carter, Anthony Johnson and Patrick Gamble.Though there was much interest in how the Jets’ offense would be able to move the football, their defense made sure the Titans had trouble doing just that. By halftime, the Jets had allowed just 97 yards on 25 snaps — 3.9 yards per play.

Tennessee didn’t crack the scoreboard until 5:37 into the third quarter, when Ryan Succop nailed a 36-yard field goal.

The Jets’ defensive line stayed fresh throughout the night. A rotation of the starting linemen — Williams, McLendon, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson — played during the first half. In the second half, the starters were relegated to the bench, but stayed active on their runs with starting linebackers Darron Lee, Demario Davis and Jenkins.Once they were done running, they watched their teammates make a pair of fourth-quarter plays to keep the Titans out of the end zone. Safety Ronald Martin picked off Tanney at the goal line on one drive and on the next, Johnson forced a fumble Josh Martin recovered.

“We finally hit somebody with full aggression, not having to pull back or anything like that,” Williams said. “[The eight sacks] weren’t a surprise, we’ve done it before. But at the same time, it’s something we have to be consistent on and something we can build upon. It definitely wasn’t a surprise. I know the talent that we got, knowing we can play like that every game.”

>     http://nypost.com/2017/08/13/jets-defense-announces-its-mission-with-punishing-force/

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The second part of this post kind of nullifies the first. 

The fact is, despite how slow and flat out awful the secondary looked last year. This year, it has been overhauled and looks completely different. And despite guys being young and/or new to the team (Claiborne), everyone has looked great so far. From practice and camp- into the first preseason game. Particularly in coverage. And I think THAT is what's allowing the line and blitzers to finally get to the QB. A big reason why we saw 8 sacks on sat. night.  

"No doubt, they're counting on rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye to provide a new dimension in terms of pass coverage, but it'll be hard to camouflage their deficiencies at cornerback. Smart coaches and quarterbacks will smell blood and attack."

Except like I already said, Burris and Claiborne have looked great on the outside and Skrine has looked very good now that he is back in the Nickel/slot. So what exactly is the deficiency? 

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Many went into the first preseason game for the Jets wondering how the entire team would play. The offense was certainly shaky on Saturday, but the defense shined throughout the night.

The Jets won 7-3, holding the Tennessee Titans offense at bay all night. It didn’t matter if it was starters, second strings or third strings on the field –each defensive unit came in and did the job against each version of the Titans offense.In the game, the Jets had four players collect four tackles and six more had at least three tackles. Four players had at least three solo tackles and six more had at least two solo tackles. The Jets defense also forced a fumble and had one interception.Even better, the Jets collected eight sacks in the game, reminding everyone how good the pass rush can be for this team. In total, the Jets had 10 tackles for loss in the win.

One group for the Jets defense that had something prove was the young secondary. The Titans only threw for 151 yards between the three quarterbacks they sent out there. Of course, the defensive line played a big part in that as well, getting pressure on the quarterback.Overall, the biggest takeaway was that the defense played as one. They played like a team and everyone was on the same page.It is only one game and a preseason game at that, but Todd Bowles knows what he is doing when it comes to crafting a defense. He has the young minds to mold, they are listening to what he is teaching and it is translating to good things on the field.

We don’t know how the offense will come along yet in development, but the defense looks to be right on schedule as the Jets prepare for the regular season.

>     http://jetswire.usatoday.com/2017/08/14/its-only-preseason-but-jets-defense-looked-legit-vs-titans/

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23 hours ago, PepPep said:

The second part of this post kind of nullifies the first. 

The fact is, despite how slow and flat out awful the secondary looked last year. This year, it has been overhauled and looks completely different. And despite guys being young and/or new to the team (Claiborne), everyone has looked great so far. From practice and camp- into the first preseason game. Particularly in coverage. And I think THAT is what's allowing the line and blitzers to finally get to the QB. A big reason why we saw 8 sacks on sat. night.  

"No doubt, they're counting on rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye to provide a new dimension in terms of pass coverage, but it'll be hard to camouflage their deficiencies at cornerback. Smart coaches and quarterbacks will smell blood and attack."

Except like I already said, Burris and Claiborne have looked great on the outside and Skrine has looked very good now that he is back in the Nickel/slot. So what exactly is the deficiency? 

Co-sign.  I would add that an obviously faster and deeper LB corps will help greatly this season.  The back end of the secondary is going to make life easier for our corners (who are nowhere near as bad as critics make them out to be). If he can stay on the field, Dexter McDougle is a bonus -- he looked good.  One game, but a lot of reasons to think the strength of the D will not be limited to the DL.

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On paper, the Jets boast one of the most talented and imposing defensive lines in the league.

Of course, paper doesn’t mean anything once players take field. Todd Bowles learned that lesson the hard way last year, when former Pro Bowlers Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson combined for just six sacks after totaling 17 in 2015. Leonard Williams was the lone lineman of the three to produce, reaching the first Pro Bowl of his career.

So as the Jets march through training camp this summer, uncertainty rightfully swirls around a defensive line with a great deal to prove. And no one in the group has more on the line than Richardson, who will be a free agent after this season and is seeking a major payday.

Richardson finished with a career-low 1.5 sacks last season, and that tiny total is at least partially tied to him playing out of position during the frustrating 5-11 campaign. At times, Richardson — a 6-3, 294-pound 3-4 defensive end — played outside linebacker. He even got time at middle linebacker in a loss at Arizona.

Richardson plays the same position as Williams and Wilkerson, and moving him around was the best way to get all three immensely skilled players on the field at the same time.

The Jets will be doing less of that this season, though. In the spring, defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said the coaching staff will try to avoid putting Richardson in those same positions in 2017, and he doubled down on that sentiment Tuesday when speaking with the media for the first time this training camp.

As it stands, Richardson is technically not starting in the Jets base defense, but he will still play considerable snaps.

“I talked to Sheldon about this and we definitely don’t see Sheldon Richardson as a backup,” Rodgers said. “We think he’s a marquee player and we expect a lot of things out of him. And one thing we stress and are steady working on him: We’ve got to keep him in a position to do what he does best. Sheldon has been so unselfish that in years before, we’ve moved him here, we’ve moved him there. He’s done everything we asked of him. But in our last game (a preseason victory over the Titans on Saturday), we left him kind of where he’s natural, and he really did some good things. So we got to work to make sure we keep him in that situation.”

Todd Bowles, the brains behind the defense, refused to get into specifics Tuesday about how often he will use Williams, Richardson and Wilkerson together, or if he will rotate the three at defensive end to ensure no one is playing out of position.“When we get into game plans during the season, we’ll discuss it,” Bowles said. “Right now, they’re just trying to get better. We haven’t even gotten into game plans of playing people, so that’s the last thought on my mind.”Defensive tackle Steve McLendon doesn’t believe Richardson was uncomfortable last year.

“I don’t think it hindered him at all,” he said. “He took on those challenges. He liked those things, man. That helped him focus even more, because you gave him something that he loves to do. He loves to cover. He loves to blitz. He loves the middle linebacker, he loves the outside linebacker, he loves the D-line. It just kept him on his toes, and when somebody is that good, that athletic, you have to challenge them with new things.”

One thing is clear, though: Richardson is at his best when he’s playing his natural position.

It’s possible the Jets will play Williams, Richardson and Wilkerson together in sub-packages. But the days of Richardson roving are likely done.

“We were fortunate to have really good players there, and it’s kind of a fine line you juggle sometimes,” Rodgers said. “You want your best players on the field, but if they happen to be stacked at certain positions, we want to make sure we don’t do them an injustice, and give them all a chance to make plays.” 

>      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jets-sheldon-richardson-play-position-article-1.3414842

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Jets training camp : Can Leonard Williams become legit sack threat in 2018 ?   Defensive line preview        http://s.nj.com/QgoM83Z 

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