Here’s an example. Instead of having a play where the defender has to read whether it’s a run or a pass, hit the tight end, and then rush the passer, the play will call form the player to rush the passer, and hit someone along the way. Another example is that instead of following a player and basing where you line up on him, the play calls for someone to line up in a spot, and that’s it.
“Make the offense adjust to us,” Bart Scott said. “Last year maybe we were reacting to the offense, and I think this year, we took it out. Let’s just go back to do what we do, let’s play fast and physical. And now make the offense have to speed up, because they are not getting time to read, because we’re forcing them to make a decision faster.”
The Jets, according to many players, got away from the core values of the Ryan/Pettine defense of late, and this simplification will mark a return to those roots.
The foundation of the defense, according to Pettine, is the newly revamped defensive line. The new dynamic players they have added, combined with the success of new line coach Karl Dunbar, leads the Jets to use more four man fronts than they have in the past. Bart Scott put it best when he said this gives the Jets defense flexibility.
In 2009, the Jets defense was flexible and played fast. The result was a finish as the number one defense in the sport.
Nobody will have a problem with a repeat. Guaranteed.