This morning, with the offseason moving along with OTAs in full swing, I thought it was time for the “State of the Defense” address. Talk about where we are, where we are going, that type of thing. So here it is.
Mike Pettine has a lot to be excited about coming into 2012. The Jets have taken steps to become a lot faster than they were in 2011. Anyone who watched the Jets defense last year, knows how slow they were. The mantra “One Step Faster”, is clearly coming into the picture. The draft picks of Quinton Coples, Demario Davis, Josh Bush and Antonio Allen will be great assets in bringing that mantra to the forefront.
Bart Scott is ready to play like the Bart Scott of old as well. He has buried his problems with the Jets, and specifically coach Rex Ryan, and seems more motivated than he has in a long time to perform well. He has lost some weight, and is looking to be on the field for all three downs like when he was younger. If Scott is up for the task, no news could be better for the Jets. He will also have the opportunity to mentor Demario Davis, who is committed to helping this team win.
Get them teamed up with David Harris, a returning Bryan Thomas, and Aaron Maybin who is also working hard to get into three down playing shape, and you have one heck of a group at linebacker.