This is the first in a series of columns that I will write on the Jets defense.
After last seasons 8-8 season, Rex Ryan promised the fans that he would be more involved in the defensive and offensive team meetings. When I heard this news, I knew the Jets would finally be taking an aggressive approach in their defensive strategy.
Early impressions from the draft and OTA’s give an indication that Rex is taking a more hand-on approach with the defense so that they can regain their “attacking” mentality. By picking Coples in the first round, the Jets will not only be able to line up a 3-4 defense, but will also be able to switch to a 4-3 base defense.
For those who don’t know, a 4-3 base defense is based on 4 defensive linemen and 3 linebackers. This gives the Jets more flexibility as they can switch into the 46 defense. The 46 defense is very effective against the run as the team can bring the strong safety as the 8th man in the box, but it also creates more opportunities for pass rushers.
The Jets 46 defense will be a variation of the ’85 Bears defense -and will allow the Jet’s to stuff the run as well as give Aaron Maybin the chance to play more downs and be an effective edge rusher. There are some weaknesses however, especially when the opposing team uses short effective passes that neutralize the pass rush.
Nonetheless, this year will be the first time Rex has so much depth in the defensive roster, and I believe that this will allow them to keep their best pass rushers on the field at the same time. Opponents better get ready because the NY Jets are going to go all out and create mayhem in 2012.
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