Rex Ryan: “We Have to Tackle Better”

Sept. 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

It’s back to work for the New York Jets, coming off their statement win Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets played with a chip on their shoulder, and Mark Sanchez led the offense to a 48 point performance that nobody saw coming. The Jets dominated a large portion of that game on Sunday.

But it wasn’t all wine and roses for the Jets last week. Following the injury to Fred Jackson, they had a terrible time stopping CJ Spiller, who ran the all 14 times for 169 yards and a 56 yard TD. There were many missed tackles against Spiller, and that fact was not lost on head coach Rex Ryan:

Well, we have to tackle better, there’s no question. You have to get off blocks and I thought the intensity went down a little. That wasn’t New York Jets style of defense and certainly we weren’t happy with it and I’m sure the players weren’t happy with it. But you have to give that young man credit. That’s the kind of ability he has. If he’s even with you, forget about it. He’s one of the fastest guys in the league and he has the home-run ability, the big-play ability, and (he) certainly did it against us.

Coach felt that the poor tackling was the major issue that caused Spiller to break off the long runs:

I think for the most part, when you look at it, we had him in the backfield a couple times, we just (didn’t tackle). That’s where it starts. To play run defense, you’ve got to get off blocks, you’ve got to swarm the ball and you have to tackle. We were leaving our feet to tackle and that’s never a good thing.

As the weeks go by, this will have to get better. If the Jets want to be an elite defense, they are going to have to tackle better against the run. These types of runs killed them against guys such as Darren McFadden. Spiller’s runs looked all too familiar from last season, and that will have to change, and it starts with wrapping guys up.

Topics: Alan Schechter, Jets Run Defense, Rex Ryan

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