Jets Defense To Use the "KISS" Method in 2012

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Aug 2, 2010; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets player Cory Reamer (left) talks with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during training camp in Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Mike Pettine and the rest of the Jets have had a motto of “One Step Faster”. There has been a lot of talk about how the Jets have drafted new players to fit this motto physically. But, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about another way this method is being applied. Mentally.

The Jets are looking to take the “gray” areas out of the playbook. In other words, the “KISS” method, Keep It Simple Stupid.

The goal of the defense is to play fast. The object is to take the hesitation out, and they do that by having less reads on a given play or less emphasis on getting into the “perfect” call.

This offseason, Mike Pettine and his staff broke the defensive playbook down, play by play, and he asked his staff about what plays have the so-called gray area. He wanted to know what types of plays caused each position’s players any type of hesititation. He then, in turn, took some plays out of the book, and gave more clarification to other plays. A main theme was to remove calls that had too many moving parts.

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