In the first week of New York Jets training camp, defensive lineman Steve McLendon voices his frustration for the performance of the defense.
As the NFL preseason is in full effect, the New York Jets had a rough start on defense in training camp. Defensive lineman Steve McLendon voiced his frustration to the defense since they weren’t playing up to the level they needed to be. McLendon was used to a work ethic in Pittsburgh of winning football and now he is trying his best to bring that to Gang Green.
Last week, there was too much sloppiness and mental mistakes which McLendon had enough of and voiced his opinion and the defense took that to heart. It was to the point that he wanted the team to make sure that they needed to give 100 percent in everything they did and take no plays off.
Head coach Todd Bowles undoubtedly appreciated McLendon’s outburst and it goes to show just how important it is to have veteran leadership. It’s all about playing with a chip on their shoulders and being hungry to win football games after two straight losing seasons.
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It’s important to have the Jets defense ready for everything and anything that awaits this upcoming season. There are a lot of non-believers that think the Jets are in another rebuilding year but to be honest, this defense, if everything falls into place, could surprise in 2018.
When he played for the Steelers, opponents feared their defense and that’s what McLendon wants to see from this Gang Green defense. It is just a matter of believing one another and executing each and every week. It all begins when they kick off the preseason this Friday at home against the Atlanta Falcons. A lot of fans are being optimistic and hope this is the start of a new beginning.
Overall, it’s great to see McLendon be vocal and let his defense hear it when they weren’t performing up to the level he knows they can achieve. This team has a lot of potential and needs to play to such a standard. It is time for the franchise to take the turn they need to take and begin this year ready to make some serious noise.