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Take a look at this article, couldn’t have said it better myself

Green Lantern: Memo To The Jets: Defense Never ‘Takes Week Off’ In NFL

By Jeff Capellini, CBSNewYork/WFAN.com

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Now we’re going to see what this team is made of.

It would be easy to chalk up the Jets’ disgusting 34-24 loss in Oakland on Sunday to the defense just having a bad day, a theory that seems to be a running theme on many Internet message boards right now. It would be logical to assume, those fans contest, that the effort will be much better next week on Sunday Night Football at Baltimore.

But as we all know logic rarely plays a role in how a team performs on a week-to-week basis. Only game-planning and execution matters.

And right now Rex Ryan’s bunch looks like it has no clue how to do either.

The Jets may have thought they had the right plan to handle the Raiders’ Darren McFadden, but it’s clear they had no clue how to pull it off. It’s also fairly apparent that the issues with the pass rush have not gone away and you have to hold your breath every time Antonio Cromartie is on the field.

The Jets’ pride and joy took a beating on Sunday. The defense never made a play. It didn’t force a single turnover and recorded just one sack, and that came because Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell slipped. What’s worse and simply stunning is the fact that the Raiders went 0-for-8 on third down, but still amassed 23 first downs and 234 yards rushing.

Cromartie had arguably his worst game as a professional, getting flagged four times for more than 40 yards and butchering a kickoff in a manner I had never seen before prior to  leaving the contest with an apparent rib injury. We all know he’s a feast or famine player and that consistency has never been his strong suit, but Sunday was absurd. Hell, he didn’t even get burned for a touchdown and yet was arguably the Jets’ most ineffective soul on the field.

Defense-wide, the Jets had no clue how to handle the Raiders’ hurry-up offense. They got beat by trickery. They got beat up the middle and around the ends. They had five penalties prolong drives.

It certainly wasn’t the type of effort the fan base has grown accustomed to over the last two-plus years.

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