We all saw the problems last year. Eric Smith looked very slow and very small back there. He, among other safeties in the league, made the Gronk look like an all world tight end last year. Not that he isn’t, but Eric Smith’s play didn’t do a lot to dispel the notion.
They addressed the need in the draft, with the likes of Antonio Allen and Josh Bush. They are unknowns, however, and they will be important pieces to the 2012 Jets defensive puzzle.
They also addressed the safety position through free agency, with the acquisitions of Laron Landry and Yeremiah Bell. They aren’t known as pass defenders, though, more as run defenders. Yeremiah’s Bells are pretty good against the pass despite his rep, so I believe he will help in pass defense. Landry is the question, both in pass defense, and durability. If he can be a cog in pass defense, the Jets will improve leaps and bounds.
In short, the state of the defense is, in a word, faster. It is better too. How much? We won’t have to wait too much longer to find out