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Rex Ryan and the New York Jets Defense Going Back to the Old Days

By Alan Schechter

Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan speaks to the media before the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Remember a couple of days ago, when we talked about Rex Ryan getting back to his old ways? We said Rex Ryan is “Doing It His Way“?  Well, as we hear more and more from the players, we know that this is exactly what Rex Ryan is doing.

We already know that he is going to take over the primary defensive play calling duties again.  What is that going to translate into?  A much more aggressive style of defense.  Listen to what linebacker David Harris had to say about it this weekend:

“We’re going to do a lot of blitzing and getting after people,” linebacker David Harris told Rich Cimini on Sunday. “There should be a different brand of football than you were used to seeing the last couple of years. … (Last year) we played more coverage. It wasn’t like ’09, that’s obvious. That’s all I’ll say about that.”

From 2009-2010, the Jets were no lower than third in blitz percentage. We all saw the results of how good the defense could be. From 2011 on, the Jets fell out of the top 10, playing much more conservative under Mike Pettine’s play calling. I know I, for one, am happy for the change.

If Rex does it his way, his odds of keeping his job here, or earning another one grow in spades. The team must put it’s most aggressive foot forward. John Idzik will not retain a conservative defensive coach, no chance. They must show shades of 2009-10. And if Idzik let’s him go, a new team will not like the conservative Rex, despite all of the attitude he gets around the league.

This is the Rex everyone wants to see. I can’t wait.