The Jets defense finished 5th in the league last year, which is not bad. However, it suffered, as we all saw, from communication breakdowns, and some genuinely slow and sloppy play that was a big role in an 8-8 season.
The change? Coach Rex Ryan is taking more of a role, sitting in with Mike Pettine on defensive meetings, on almost a daily basis so far.
“I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself because of what I expect from this team, what our players expect, what this organization expects, what our fans expect. We want to win, all of us. When I say ‘we,’ I’m including the fans, you name it. We expect to win. Whoever out there, they expect the Jets to be a good football team. We don’t want to disappoint them. Let’s make sure we’re a good football team. We want to be in that race,” Ryan said.
Coach went on to say that like the Giants last year, he “…wants to be special.”