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2012 Preview: Your New York Jets Defense

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Oct 3, 2010; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha (91) looks towards the action as he sits on the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday, we took an early look at the offense for 2012. Today, we take a look at a much maligned group. A group that stunned the NFL in 2009, but has regressed over the last 2 seasons. We take a look at the Jets Defense.

DEFENSIVE LINE

This is a group that is not without talent.  Sione Pouha has become a force on the defensive line on the inside, with 58 tackles in 2011.  Muhammed Wilkerson came on with a strong rookie season in 2011 as well, with 49 tackles and adding 3 sacks.  Mike DeVito only had 34 tackles last year after 59 the year before.  Kenrick Ellis worked his way into the lineup as the season went on as well.

The biggest issue with these guys is pass rush, or lack there of.  5 sacks for the season is just not good enough.  As discussed at length on this site as well as others, the Jets will address this need in the draft.  The Jets need to rely less on the scheme, and more on flat out pass rushing ability to get to the quarterback.

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