Mike Pettine and Rex Ryan have reason to smile if you ask James Walker, the blogger for the AFC East on espn.com. He ranked the AFC East defenses, take a look at what he had to say about the Jets, as he ranked us number one:
Analysis: The perception was stronger than the reality for New York’s defense last year. The common train of thought is the Jets’ defense had a significant drop off from previous years. The reality was New York finished fifth in total defense in 2011. Some aspects weren’t consistent, such as the Jets’ pass rush and covering tight ends over the middle. But New York still has the best cornerback duo in football and talent at all three levels. The Jets also added first-round pick Quinton Coples and hard-hitting safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. Until the other division defenses rank in the top five, you have to give the Jets the edge in these rankings.