Lunch with the New York Jets: No more excuses on defense


Enjoy your lunch today with some great reading material on the New York Jets. In this edition, articles on the current situation at running back, Calvin Pace chiming in on the Jets’ defense and a look at why Geno Smith doesn’t need to be perfect to succeed this upcoming season.

Five running backs, one ball: How will Jets divide workload? by Rich Cimini (ESPN)

"Chances are it will be a committee approach, but the current size of the committee might be larger than what we see on Capitol Hill. Bowles almost certainly won’t keep five backs, so someone has to go, maybe two."

Calvin Pace: With revamped secondary, no excuses for Jets’ defense by Rich Cimini (ESPN)

"Obviously, it’s a passing league and you have to have a lot of corners to compete,” the veteran linebacker said. “We got ’em now. We’ve got no more excuses. We’ve got to go out and make it happen.”"

A handful of vets could be on Jets’ roster bubble in preseason by Rich Cimini (ESPN)

"At 35, he’s the oldest player on the team. Babin is a smart, savvy player whose specialty is getting to the quarterback in a situational role, but he will be expendable if a younger player proves he can do the job."

Not an Exact Science, Jets Hope for Turnaround in Key Defensive Stat by Eric Allen (

"Dramatic takeaway turnarounds have occurred the past couple of decades – look no further than the 2014 Houston Texans. The Texans became the third team in the last 20 years to lead the NFL in takeaways after finishing last the year before, making the jump from 11 to 34."

EA Q&A: Geno Doesn’t Need to Be Perfect by Eric Allen (

"Backed by a solid running game coupled with one of the NFL’s better defenses, Smith doesn’t have to be perfect. He has to be good and he has to protect the football. The Jets were the NFL’s 32nd ranked pass attack (184.1 ypg) last season and they had the league’s 28th ranked scoring offense (17.7 ppg). Those numbers will improve."

Breaking Down All the New Faces on the 2015 New York Jets by Erik Frenz (Bleacher Report)

"Plenty of new faces will be competing for jobs in one way or another, whether it’s a veteran trying to prove he is still worthy of a starting spot or a rookie who is trying to prove he can hang with the big boys in the big leagues."

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