Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) reacts against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Why Jared Allen Makes Sense for the New York Jets


Good morning everyone. Today, I wanted to piggy back on something the great JETSerious talked about earlier this week in his Off-Season Checklist article.

He talked this week in one of his points was that the Jets should sign a pass rusher like Jared Allen.  I have to say that on this one, I couldn’t agree with him more.  Jared Allen would be a great addition to the New York Jets.

First, just take a read of this player’s storied career stats:

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
2004 22 KAN RDE 69 15 10 9.0 28 2 4
2005 23 KAN RDE 69 16 15 11.0 0 0 0 0 5 6 0 2 0 0 50 7 8
2006 24 KAN RDE 69 16 16 7.5 1 3 0 3 10 5 1 6 24 0 66 11 11
2007*+ 25 KAN RDE 69 14 14 15.5 0 0 0 0 10 3 0 0 0 0 55 9 16
2008*+ 26 MIN RDE 69 16 16 14.5 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 41 13 2 17
2009*+ 27 MIN RDE 69 16 16 14.5 1 -4 0 -4 4 5 0 3 54 1 43 8 1 16
2010 28 MIN RDE 69 16 16 11.0 2 40 1 36 6 1 0 1 0 0 45 15 10
2011*+ 29 MIN DE 69 16 16 22.0 1 14 0 14 4 4 0 4 6 0 46 17 1 14
2012* 30 MIN RDE/rde 69 16 16 12.0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 36 10 10
2013 31 MIN RDE/rde/RE/re 69 16 16 11.5 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 33 19 6
Career 157 151 128.5 5 53 1 36 51 30 1 17 84 1 443 111 4 112
6 yrs MIN 96 96 85.5 4 50 1 36 26 16 0 9 60 1 244 82 4 73
4 yrs KAN 61 55 43.0 1 3 0 3 25 14 1 8 24 0 199 29 39

With 128.5 sacks for his wonderful career, there is no doubting that Jared Allen possesses a whole world of talent.

There are a great many options available in the college draft as far as the wide receiver/tight end position. Mike Evans, Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro are just some of the names available.

This is not to say that the Jets don’t have enough money to sign a pass rusher and a wide receiver weapon, they absolutely do. What I am saying, however, is with a guy like Jared Allen out there, they can concentrate elite level money on Allen, while pointing maybe lesser funds on offense, saving that for the draft.

Yes, the Jets are trying to get younger, and Jared Allen is 31 years old.  With 11.5 sacks, starting every game in 2013, Jared has football left in him.  He could start along an already great line if necessary, and would be an asset.  But that is not what I am saying that the Jets need him for.  He actually should not start for this team, unless they are expecting a pass on first down.

As JETSerious brilliantly explained in his piece, linked earlier, Rex Ryan loves to rotate his defensive linemen.  He keeps them fresh all game long by moving them in and out all afternoon long.  Damon Harrison barely played on passing downs, for example.  We would see a lot of Leger Douzable as well, keeping the “sons” fresh.  (Harrison, Richardson, Wilkerson)

Could you imagine rotating Jared Allen into the football game on third and long, putting Tom Brady into his crosshairs?  Muhammad Wilkerson on one side, Jared Allen on the other?  Talk about a sack exchange.

This would be a move that could take the 2014 Jets’ defense over the edge.  John Idzik, let’s see you get it done.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Jared Allen at 31…I’d rather see them get young. Allen is looking for a multi – year deal at elite money by most reports. While the talent is there, and he still has football in him, hopefully the age of Mr. T has taught the Jets organization something. Big $$$ free agents, especially older ones, guarantee nothing. Go young, build a team, be patient, the “win now” philosophy rarely works.

    • Frank Antonelli

      Wow! We agree on something!

      • Paul Newbold

        We agree on things Frank. We just don’t agree on Rex. Time will tell on that one. Meanwhile, the Jets are in a good position to fix this team, IF they don’t revert to that “win now at any cost” philosophy!!

        • Frank Antonelli

          Agreed. I believe that with Idzik in place we won’t have that problem. Only time will tell.