Dec 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE

Jets Building a Defense to Stop New England?

The Jets haven’t made a lot of big name moves this off season, but are they putting together a defense to stop Brady and company? Mike Pettine has reason to be excited if you ask Pat Kirwan of, who wrote an excellent piece about the “big nickel”, how it works, and how the Jets are putting it together. Here is an excerpt:

The New York Jets have to play the Patriots at least twice a year, and they seem to be preparing to have a very interesting Big Nickel defense. In the offseason, they signed LaRon Landry and most recently Yeremiah Bell to go along with Eric Smith and draft picks Josh Bush and Antonio Allen. Bell, (6-feet, 205) a former Dolphin, has 13 games against the Patriots with 79 tackles and three sacks; Landry (6-0, 225) has 285 tackles and six sacks in his 64 career starts, making both guys       capable of playing a linebacker role if the offense dictates it’s necessary.  Eric Smith has 12 games       against the Patriots with 55 tackles and one sack. We could see all three men on the field at the same time vs. New England. How many other teams will be able to do the same?

If Pat is right, this could mean great things for the Jets defense.  For the entire article, click here


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