New York Jets Defense on the "Edge" of Greatness

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Aug 2, 2011; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during training camp at the Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Mike Pettine is working hard, and has a lot to be excited about. As has been outlined many times before, the mantra of “one step faster” was put into process, and manifested itself with the draftees. Demario Davis, Antonio Allen, and Josh Bush will add speed to a defense that was a step behind in 2011.

Speed will be key in 2012, as the Jets were clearly slow watching Gronkowski, as well as many other TEs, run past them last year. With the additions made, especially Demario Davis, this aspect of the game will improve.

However, there is an aspect of the defense that must improve in 2012. The Jets were 8th in rushing defense in 2009, 3rd in 2010, and dropped to 13th in 2011. The reason for this, is the issue that has to be fixed in 2012. Speed will help, but the scheme will also be a major issue, and what will make the Jets great.

They must set the edge.

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