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Five Reasons to Be Concerned About the 2013 New York Jets: #3

By Alan Schechter

Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott (57) reacts after a tackle against the New England Patriots during the first half on Thanksgiving at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Tuesday afternoon, and we are sweating through another hot day here in the New York area. As promised, in the spirit of keeping it real, we continue our countdown. This one is the countdown of five reasons that we should be a bit concerned about our 2013 New York Jets. So far we have talked about:

Marty Mornhinweg and

the Wide Receivers

Now, the #3 reason to be concerned about the 2013 season:


Whether you love Rex Ryan, or you hate Rex Ryan, there is one fact that is not in dispute: he is a great defensive coach. He established himself as one with the Baltimore Ravens, and continued his reputation here in New York. This is not opinion, it is clear-cut fact.

However, if you look at his squads, both in Baltimore and here in New York, he had his core of players that didn’t change much. He had “his guys”. That isn’t to say that he didn’t get a lot out of them, he most certainly did. But, he did have his group that he grew accustomed to, and comfortable with. There is nothing wrong with that, it is just the truth.

If you look at the upcoming season, you have to direct your attention to the players that are gone from Rex’s defense. Darrelle Revis, Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, and Bart Scott. Rex has an elite defense each of his years here in NY, but in each of these years, these players were here. Rex has always had his guys to hang on to.

In 2013, this is the first year that his players aren’t there. That is not to say that the team isn’t younger and faster with these changes. The team very much is. That being said, it is still latent with players that Rex is not as familiar with. “His guys” are gone, and instead there are younger guys. The question is whether or not Rex will be able to adapt and field an elite defense.

Can coach do it? He sure can. But until he does it for the first time, it still makes me nervous as we move into the new year.