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Pass rush a big highlight in preseason opener

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 12: Alex Tanney #11 of the Tennessee Titans is sacked by Julian Stanford #51 of the New York Jets in the second quarter during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 12, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 12: Alex Tanney #11 of the Tennessee Titans is sacked by Julian Stanford #51 of the New York Jets in the second quarter during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 12, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets got their first win of the preseason Saturday night, and they couldn’t have done it without a great pass rush.

There were a lot of problems for the New York Jets in the first preseason game, but the pass rush was not one of them. The defense recorded a total of eight sacks against the Tennessee Titans, and that was a big help in the Jets’ 7-3 victory.

Nowadays, one of the most important things a team can do is effectively rush the quarterback. Because the passing game is so prominent, getting to the quarterback gives a team a huge edge. If the quarterback is always being thrown to the ground, then he’ll never get a good pass off, which, in today’s game, likely means no score for that team.

The Jets were hoping they were going to have that effective pass rushing game last year, but things didn’t work out. After the first preseason game, that seems to be fixed this year. One reason for that may be the hiring of the new defensive line coach, and outside linebackers coach this offseason.

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After this great victory, it seems like those two new coaches did a great job in preparing these defenders. If these guys keep this up, then the team should have no problem on defense this year.

This win was great, but there wasn’t a lot of offense, and the wide receiving core takes most of the blame for that. There were too many dropped passes, and it hurt the young quarterbacks. This problem needs to be addressed immediately.

While this was a good start, it’s only preseason. If this team wants to keep that success, they have to build upon this win. The defense needs to keep the intensity going, and the offense needs to figure what’s wrong. If they want to keep winning, seven points per game will not help that goal.

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