First, I apologize, I haven't posted in a while, college finals are a b$@#!. But anyway, I'm back to following the Jets way more than is necessary.
Stopping the run. The numbers don't lie, the Jets were just above average in that department last year. Watch the Miami game from monday night, if you can prevent yourself from puking while watching it. Or watch MJD run at will. Or Cedric Benson drop over 150 yards on the Jets in the playoffs. We were lucky Michael Turner was hurt against Atlanta. Even Buffalo had some success against us on the ground. We simply had a hard time beating on teams that were like us - run first, physical teams.
Our run defense was 8th in the league last year, which isn't bad. But look at the schedule for next year - Ravens, Bengals, Dolphins, Vikings, - all teams that run the ball effectively.Stopping the run has got to be a priority. To go from that "elite" status of a defense, it doesn't start with another pass rusher, it starts with stopping the run.
Yes, a lot of these inconsistencies had to do with Jenkins being out. But even when Kris was in the game, Miami simply embarrassed us in Week 5.
Here's a couple of reasons, however, why the Jets will be better vs. the run in 2010.
1. Better Understanding of the Defense
Probably the biggest reason why a lot of teams gauged us so badly is because our defense was thinking so much, reacting less. If you know the defense well enough, you can know you passing assingment while being able to anticipate the run.
2. Kris Jenkins Returns
Pretty obvious, but the positive from Kris going down last year was that we were able to see the depth we had on our D-line we didn't know we had before.
Kerry's lack of physicality was no secret, and Pool is the polar opposite of Kerry. Pool will be more physcial, no doubt about it.
4. New CB additions
Getting guys like Kyle Wilson and Cromartie are huge for you defense not only in the passing game, but in the run game as well. If you're David Harris, you know that those guys can cover longer than most CB's, allowing you more freedom to play the run, if necessary.
5. More Potent Offense
All signs point to the Jets being a much more high-scoring team than in 2009. If our offense can put 25-30 points a game, it forces other teams to run less, and pass more. Which, in hindsight, is not a good situation for whoever our opponent is.