New York Jets’ run defense is the secret sauce to winning streak
By Alex Wendling
The New York Jets run defense has been elite this season. Here’s how they’ve led the green and white to their winning streak and beyond.
The New York Jets came up with their third straight win on Sunday as they routed the Oakland Raiders 34-3.
Since losing to the then winless Miami Dolphins the Jets have found their confidence since beating the Dallas Cowboys over a month ago.
Yes, Sam Darnold and the offense has been playing better and yes, Adam Gase’s offensive playcalling has also been better the last three weeks but a lot of this success has a lot to do with the defense and how defensive coordinator Gregg Willaims has got the defense playing at a high level with players that most people may have never heard of.
The biggest strength on the 2019 Jets is their run defense.
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The Jets currently have the No. 1 ranked run defense in the league. In there last three games the Jets defense has only given up a total of 109 rushing yards to opposing running backs.
What makes it more impressive is that Gregg is doing this with no-name players like Nathan Shepherd, Neville Hewitt, and James Burgess.
With Gang Green being so dominant against the run it has helped out the pass defense because the opposing offense becomes one-dimensional.
Of course, guys like Steve McLendon, Henry Anderson, and Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams lining up in the box have also helped disrupt the opposing teams run game but Gregg Williams has done a phenomenal job coaching guys up.
This season the New York Jets have lost reliable players to injury (CJ Mosley), trade (Leonard Williams), and more injuries. In other words, Williams has made chicken salad out of chicken s***.
The Jets have shut down some of the most notable running backs in the NFL this season such as Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Adrian Peterson, and Leonard Fournette.
Outside of Ezekiel Elliott (105), the Jets have held every other running back they’ve faced to under 100 yards rushing this season.