Dec 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace (97) prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE

Linebackers Must Improve in Pass Coverage

Last night, the Jets played the opening game of the 2012 preseason. We have talked about the good and the bad earlier, but there is one bad that deserves mentioning again, because it has been a problem in the past.

Specifically, intermediate pass defense. The problem of covering the TE and the RB in pass coverage. It was a problem in 2011, and was a problem last night.

The new mantra of “One Step Faster”, was not apparent with the first team defense.

Culprits last night included Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, who were beaten for 18 and 19 yard pass plays respectively.

The Jets have to jam these guys when the come off the line of scrimmage. That is the only way they will be able to play with elite guys such as Rob Gronkowski.

The Jets have a lot of time to work on this. But, it is a recurring problem from last year, and that is the last thing we need. Start working on it now guys.

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