You know that saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining”? Well, the New York Jets have one, and it is a beautiful shining silver one. It’s name? Karl Dunbar, defensive line coach. The work he has done with this group in just a little over one year is astounding.
Even if we forget the pass rush, which has been the best Jets’ pass rush in probably two decades and just look at the play against the run, we see it. So far in 2013, the Jets have faced a top-flight running back each week, in Doug Martin, Stevan Ridley, C.J. Spiller, and Chris Johnson. This tweet from Evan Silva shows the production so far:
Starting RBs vs #Jets D so far: Doug Martin 24-65-1, Stevan Ridley 16-40, C.J. Spiller 10-9, Chris Johnson 15-21. Combined 2.08 YPC.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 1, 2013
That is a pretty awesome set of statistics if you ask me. You can’t do a much better job than that.
So what has that translated to on a team level? Well, the Jets defense is fifth overall in rushing, giving up 317 yards on the ground, and a mere 79.2 yards per game on the ground. If you look at the category of yards per carry, the Jets are tied for second, allowing just three yards per carry.
Let’s look at the grades against the run of our three main guys, Damon Harrison, Mo Wilkerson, and Sheldon Richardson, courtesy of Pro Football Focus:
Mo Wilkerson: 0.5
Sheldon Richardson: 10.5
Damon Harrison: 11.8
Did anyone ever think that this line would have Mo Wilkerson with the LOWEST grade? I know I did not. To think they are this good, that Mo would be bringing up the rear?
It’s absolute dominance, and we have Karl Dunbar to be grateful to.