Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine talks with the defensive unit during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

How About Some Creativity on Defense for the Jets?

There is a lot of talk around JetNation about creativity, especially on offense. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well deserved. Tony Sparano has shown himself to be a very bland playcaller. Heck, he has made some long for the days of Brian Schottenheimer, and nobody thought that would ever happen. Let’s keep it honest, Tony has, for the most part, called plays that are as bland as dry toast. No creativity, no vision, just there. The creator of the Wildcat must have left the playbook in Miami.

But, what we don’t hear is about the defense. They seem to get a pass on the playcalling for some reason, but they shouldn’t. Mike Pettine should be in the line of fire, as should Rex Ryan. Why? Because the playcalling on defense has been just as vanilla as it has been on offense. You can see it with your own eyes, with the lack of a pass rush. The Jets committed to improving the pass rush, and getting to the QB with 3-4 guys. It’s not working, as nobody has more than 2 sacks on the Jets defense. What are the Jets doing about it? What happened to all of the exotic blitzes we used to call? Yes, it’s more difficult to do so without Darrelle Revis deep, but it’s not impossible. The Jets defensive backs have played pretty well, they could hold up.

But we don’t see any of that. We see the Jets running these basic defenses, rushing 3-4 guys tops. When something isn’t working, the job of the coaching staff is to fix it. It seems logical enough, doesn’t it? If rushing 3-4 guys isn’t helping you get to the quarterback, you need to find creative ways to get to the quarterback. So many times in 2012 I have looked for the overload blitzes, the confusing looks that gives offenses headaches. But, nothing.

No creativity, on offense or defense. If Tony Sparano is going to get heat for it, Mike Pettine and Rex Ryan must get heat for it as well.

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