Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) reacts after sacking Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' Coach Rex Ryan on Young Defensive Linemen

The Jets have had their ups and downs so far in 2013, leading to their 4-4 record. It has been a bit of a return to the pass, with Rex Ryan returning to his former role of calling the defensive plays. The result has been a rising in the defensive ranking of the team back to at or near the top of the league.

One of the biggest reasons for the ascension has to do with the Jets’ young front four. Sheldon Richardson has come on the scene to make a major impact in his rookie season, and Damon Harrison has rapidly become one of the best nose tackles in football. Here is coach talking about his defensive line:

I think you look at it, it starts with really that whole group. They push each other. There’s no doubt. Nobody wants to be the weak link in there. And we’re deep on the defensive line. You mentioned Snacks (Harrison), you mentioned Sheldon, both those guys have really played well for us. They’re both very active guys, and then you have Mo (Wilkerson), and you have (Quinton) Coples, and you have Kenrick Ellis who’s been the same, and (Leger) Douzable. It’s really a strong group without question. But the common trait I think is that they play extremely hard. I think that’s it. I think they’re well-coached. I think Karl Dunbar and Jeff Weeks do a tremendous job with that group and they take to coaching. Again, they drive each other. So, really it’s been, when you look at it, it’s really strength of our team right now, that young defensive line.

You know what’s scary? Not only can these guys play, but they are only going to get better. It will make for an exciting time at “the home…of the….JETS!”

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