LaRon Landry has changed the atmosphere, by himself, around this New York Jets defense. As seen in the picture, he has been throwing his body around, laying hits on everyone in his path. From the preseason against Victor Cruz, to last week against Fred Jackson, offensive players are learning quickly that coming into Landry’s area of the field is not the best idea they have ever had. “Dirty Thirty”, as LaRon was known as in Washington, will let you know that he is there.
Coach Ryan has noticed, feels he brings the fear factor to his defense. Here is what he had to say yesterday at his press conference when asked about the subject:
I think that’s pretty accurate. I really do. I think that’s a great description. When you think about it, I always look at it this way, I always want to draft as many guys or have as many guys on the team that you wouldn’t want your kid playing against. Jarret Johnson was a great example in Baltimore for years. I watched him in high school and I tried to recruit him, I was like oh man. I’d literally be like my kid isn’t playing this week. My kid has a hamstring this week. (joking) Literally, those are the guys that you really want to surround yourself with. I think you build both of these defenses, you’ve got Pittsburgh’s (defense) and the Jets, and they’re kind of built the same way. I don’t know if you want your kid going against Casey Hampton and against James Harrison, (LaMarr) Woodley, Troy Polamalu, or Ike Taylor. My kid is a receiver. I don’t want them going against Ike Taylor. If he is, he better be off the ball. (smiling) I don’t want him in his face. You certainly don’t want your kid going against Darrelle Revis. No chance. He’ll end up in the Gatorade. The teams are kind of built that way. It’s still tough, old-fashioned football, and I think that still wins on defense. You talk about (Landry) being (tough), there’s no question, and he certainly is that.