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New York Jets pass rush will ‘shock’ opponents in 2019 says Gregg Williams

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08: Tarell Basham #93 of the New York Jets and Nick Gates #65 of the New York Giants battle for position during a preseason matchup at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08: Tarell Basham #93 of the New York Jets and Nick Gates #65 of the New York Giants battle for position during a preseason matchup at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets pass rush has been nonexistent for years, but DC Gregg Williams says gang green will ‘shock’ people in 2019.

The New York Jets couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat as it pertains to their pass rush.

Team Rankings releases the average amount of NFL sacks per game for each team on an annual basis. When you look at the New York Jets over the years, it shows a leaky faucet that has really never been fixed:

2018: 2.4 sacks per game (18th best)

2017: 1.8 sacks per game (28th best)

2016: 1.7 sacks per game (30th best)

This is only a small glimpse into the issues, that go far beyond the last three years.

The last time the Jets had a pass rusher people feared was John Abraham, he hasn’t played for the green and white since 2005.

Despite having a boatload of moolah during the 2019 offseason, the Jets refused to pay up for (or draft) an elite pass rusher.

From the outside looking in the impenetrable Jets defense has a few areas of concern from cornerback depth to questions about where the pass rush is going to come from this season?

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams doesn’t seem to be worried about the group he has though. In his media appearance ahead of Week 1 he had this to say:

“I think there’s a lot of people here that people are going to be shocked about by the time the season is over. You haven’t heard me say one thing about needs in that area. I’m not worried about it.”

When the Jets painfully swung and missed on talented edge man Jachai Polite, it just highlighted a chronic issue the squad has been suffering from for much of the last 15 years.

With him out of the equation, the Jets are left with Jordan Jenkins, Harvey Langi, Frankie Luvu, Bronson Kaufusi, and Tarell Basham.

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For the most part, most of these names the league isn’t familiar with so it looks like we’ll just have to take Gregg Williams at his word. That doesn’t seem like a bad idea considering Williams has been coaching football since 1984 nonstop and the latest gig with the Jets is his ninth different NFL home.

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