Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis (56) tackles Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Texans won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Relationships that Must Emerge for the New York Jets During OTAs and Training Camp- Part III


We have begun to talk over the last few days about developments during the off-season workouts. But these accomplishments are much bigger than which player is going to outplay his opponent to earn playing time. But to me, this isn’t the deciding factor. There are bigger relationships that must develop for this team to be able to move forward.

In the first part of this series, we discussed the development of the backs and receivers going up against the offensive line.  Then for the second part, we reviewed some words shared by the Jets receivers and quarterbacks.

For today’s relationship tip, we take a look at the defensive side of the football.   We take a look at a guy that is young, but was drafted to eventually take over for Bart Scott, and is looking to follow in that player’s footsteps.

Today we are talking about LB DeMario Davis, and relationship between……

DEMARIO DAVIS AND THE JETS DEFENSE.

Here is a quick reminder as to how well he performed in college:

YEAR TEAM TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF INT YDS TD
2008 17 10 7 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2009 69 43 26 0 3.0 3 1 75 1
2010 63 37 26 0 1.0 2 2 10 0
2011 69 31 38 0 3.0 0 1 27 0

 

DeMario Davis did keep his play improving, posting 36 tackles by the end of 2012. After October 8th against the Texans, Davis only recorded zero tackles in 2 games. He improved week by week, until he was a consistent presence among the Jets’ linebackers by the end of the year.

But now, Davis will move to the “Mic” linebacker spot which will change things dramatically. What do I mean by “mic” linebacker? Well simply put, he will be the guy with the green sticker on, receiving the defensive calls from the sidelines, and relaying them to his team.

You have to earn the trust of your team in order to be able to take direction from them. Davis is a second year player. Can he cultivate the relationship with his side of the football, well enough so the defense can come together under his direction. Again, football being the ultimate team game, tells us that everyone must be comfortable with everyone else out there, and that will start with DeMario Davis at Mic linebacker.

Can he do it? Time will tell, but that relationship will be key for the Jets have the chance to sneak up and surprise.

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