It didn’t get any better for Rex Ryan and his vaunted defense either.
Granted, the offense performed terribly, which made the defense have to play way too much. They got tired, no doubt. But, even in the early part of the game, it is not as if they were playing lights out. Far from it. The Jets defense is far from being “elite”. It’s not even good right now.
The front seven is getting beaten like a mule right now. Talk about not being able to stop a nose bleed. We will talk about it a lot, the run defense. The Jets allowed 245 yards on the ground. Remember early in Rex’s tenure, when it would take two games to reach that total? It feels like those days are far in the past, doesn’t it. Other than the game in Pittsburgh, they have looked terrible against the run. They allowed 5.6 yards per rush, and the team is ranked 31st against the run after yesterday. Terrible.
The problem is they are not getting off their blocks, and they are not tackling. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? Get in the hole, and tackle. Obviously it’s not simple. The front seven has to be able to disengage from their blocks, and fill the hole. They are getting blocked, and staying blocked. At the point of attack, these running backs are basically getting through untouched.
When they get touched, they are not getting wrapped up. Instead, the Jets are attempting to bring guys down with arm tackles, which will not cut it in this league. To be a good defensive team, you can’t give up yards after first contact. You must bring these guys down with the first hit. It didn’t happen yesterday, and it hasn’t happened much all season, and it is a major problem.
Another is no pass rush. Other than the back to back sacks by Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace, the pass rush continues to be invisible. The overload blitzes seem to be a thing of the past, as Rex and Pettine are relying on the 3 and 4 man rushes, and it just isn’t working. It’s almost scary, how long the quarterbacks have had to throw against the Jets. The defense was an epic fail, and it appears to be getting worse.
We do have a nice weapon in our punter, Robert Malone. It’s pretty scary when the punter is the most positive player to talk about the day after the game, isn’t it?
Such is life as a Jets fans sometimes. We’ve got Houston next, anybody else nervous?