Fast forward to the present, and we have the same situation. But, instead of changing the culture, the Jets need to MAINTAIN that culture. There is a now uniquely-Rex culture around this defense, that allows it to play well, even when major injuries befall the unit. Why? Because the system keeps everyone in line and performing their role to the highest ability.
Looking at the current free agent crop, the answer becomes perfectly clear. Like four years ago, when the Jets had to sign Bart Scott to change the culture of the Jets. There is one man that the Jets have to do everything they can to BRING BACK, to maintain the culture they have already created.
Who, you ask? Look below.
Re-sign LaRon “Dirty Thirty” Landry. That is what you have to do.
First of all, LaRon proved he was in good health in 2012. Despite coming to NY with achilles problems, he played in every game in 2012, set a career high in tackles with 100, tied his career high in INT’s with 2, and defended 8 passes, tied for second best in his career. He was a beast.
My old friend Adam Schein included LaRon in his list of Riskiest Free Agents, citing his aggressive play as not being conducive to staying healthy. In my opinion, you can’t judge players that way. ANY player can get hurt at ANY time, just ask Darrelle. His aggressive play will always be aggressive, he is not going to back off. He proved his health in 2012, there is no good reason to doubt him. If we doubted every player that had injury problems in previous years, there wouldn’t be many players left to choose from.
And besides anything else, do we really want LaRon doing this for some other team:
I think not. Bring him back, and do it now.