Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks off the field after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Jets win 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Did the Jaguars Open the Book on the New York Jets Defense?

Through the four years of Rex Ryan’s reign, a lot of things have changed. Coaching changes around him have been made, players have come and gone…etc. However, one thing has always been a hallmark of his era, tough defense. During last night’s game, the team did have flashes of Rex Ryan defense. However, there was a point in the game when the Jets’ defense looked about as pedestrian as it has looked in 4+ years. Why?

The hurry up offense.

After the Jets opened the game with a solid drive to take a 7-0 lead, the Jaguars came back with a drive of their own. Running the hurry up, the Jaguars ran 7 plays to travel 80 yards, tying the game at 7-7 in only 2:50 seconds. Jacksonville kept the Jets off-balance with a drive consisting of 4 passes and three runs, culminating with a td pass from Gabbert to Reisner from five yards out.

The question that arises is this: Did Jacksonville show the league how to best the New York Jets’ defense?

I mean, we all know that the hurry up is bound to give the offense an advantage. They know what play is coming, so they are ready to move at a quick pace. They can take control over the defense, by controlling the pace of the play. The defense has to hurry to the line, and does more reacting to the offense, rather than having the ability to be objective. The defense can’t substitute, and is stuck with the players that are on the field, so that will lead to mistakes, blown coverages, missed tackles due to fatigue…etc.

There are a couple of reasons, however, as to why this is particularly worrisome. The first is the fact that the Jets defense is younger than it used to be. This group consists of Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson, Mo Wilkerson, Dee Milliner, Demario Davis, and more. What does this group have in common? Youth. This group has many rookies and guys in their second years. It takes time to learn the speed of our game in the NFL, but these young players should have more energy and stamina. They have to be able to move ahead through it.

Secondly, they see the hurry up offense a lot. Specifically, they see it twice per year when they face the New England Patriots. They run it constantly against us. You would think the team would look better against it by now. Instead, Jacksonville went right down the field for the tying score.

Is this something we should be concerned about? Is the Jets’ defense tiring too fast? Is the rest of the league going to use this and take it to the Jets when they do?

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  • matr dontelli iii

    On the contrary I think it’s a blessing that it happened now. It’s a great time with three weeks until game one to realize it MUST be addressed, rather than during the season, not to mention that since it was Blaine Gabbert and company it is impossible to overlook. It is certainly troubling but I would expect it is correctable and if it isn’t correctable then there is something seriously wrong with the bus we’re driving!

    • TheJetPress

      Fair points buddy

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  • phshaw

    Rex’s D has been exposed against the hurry up for a while now. That plus your point about the high number of young players should be very concerning against this type of O. They will see much of it early in the season. This D will likely be much improved by the 2nd half of the year, but the 1st group of games will likely be troubling.

    • TheJetPress

      I could see it going down your way. They might have a tough time with it early on.

  • Frank Antonelli

    We all need to calm down. It was a pre-season game and the Jags came up with a new wrinkle that they weren’t expecting. The Jets were running a base defense in order not to show what they have in store when the regular season starts. Don’t worry the Bucs will learn first hand what this new Rex Ryan defense has in store come week one.

  • Frank Antonelli

    As I said we need to calm down about the defense they will be just fine. However, Mark is done. Here is a quote that is spot on:

    “There’s just no redeeming this player, at least in New York, and the sooner the Jets realize this, the better off they will be.

    What we can’t understand is why Ryan refuses to call his quarterback
    out. We get that he’s focused on defense, but Mark Sanchez had a bad
    night against a bad team. If he’s going to roll over on other players,
    what is so mystical about Mark Sanchez in particular that he won’t say
    boo? Yes, as of now he’s “the” quarterback on the team, but Ryan’s
    refusal to address Sanchez’s play head-on is troubling.

    Mark Sanchez, spouted his typical “we’ll clean that up” rhetoric for the media after the game.”

    • TheJetPress

      All fair points Frank.

  • Paul Newbold

    The Jets have struggled mightily on the hurry up in the past. Rex probably changes personnel more then anyone, constantly changing the face of the defense. The hurry up takes that away from him, one less tool to cause confusion along the O line. Like Frank said, the Jets haven’t opened the playbook, They surely need to clean up the tackling, it was ugly at times. QB is more worrisome then ever, Sanchez was Sanchez once again, and Geno hasn’t really played at game speed yet. That’s worrisome, half way through the preseason.

    • TheJetPress

      agreed on all fronts paul