As all know, there is a huge different look to the defense, for the first time since Rex Ryan arrived. Gone are Sione Po’uha, Mike DeVito, Bart Scott, Aaron Maybin, and Eric Smith. In their places are younger, and faster players. The difference has been huge, and has not gone unnoticed by leader Antonio Cromartie. Here is what he had to say on team speed:
It’s very noticeable. For one, you have guys running to the ball, soaring to the ball and that’s all that we’re trying to do. When you’re keeping things simple and making sure guys can go out there and play full speed, it makes things a lot easier for guys (to) go out there and go play full speed.
With that, however, you need veteran leadership. That will come, with Cromartie on the outside, and you have Dawan Landry on the inside. It may be his first year here, but he has been in Rex’s defense before with the Ravens. Here is Cro on having Landry around:
Definitely, Dawan is doing a heck of a job for us. This is his sixth year in this defense, coming into this defense, so he’s only been two years removed from it. He knows the defense as a whole, he knows everything, (and) he knows all the answers, all of it. When you have a field general that knows the ins and outs, it makes things a little easier for the defensive backs and also for the linebackers.
This defense has the potential to surprise people. With Cromartie at the helm, and his maturity, nothing seems impossible. If only the offense can keep up………