Remember before the divisional playoff game, one of the Pats fan asked a pretty good question to us Jets fans. He asked with the game on the line, who do you trust more the Jets defense or offense. I don't remember the results of the poll, but I believe an overwhelmingly amount of Jets fans choose the defense. I choose the offense and explained why. The Jet offense won five games (including the wildcard game) in their final possession. The Jet defense won two games when they was the last unit on the field, the Miami game and the first Pittsburgh game. Both games the other team drove down the field and had chances to win or tie the game. Also, the Jets defense let a rookie QB (Colt McCoy) drive down the field 90 yards to send a game into overtime. So why am I bring this up? While I was keeping hope alive, i did not feel confident that the defense would get the ball back for the offense. There were other factors that contributed to the end of the Jets season. Special @#$%^ teams letting a guy with no blockers down the field return a punt to midfield, and I can't blame the defense Big Ben made to great throws to extend that last drive (although Pool almost got his hand on that first pass). Special teams and great QB play aside, this team failed again to get a key stop. In the biggest game of the year mind you.
The Jets need playmakers on this defense. They need at least one in each level of the defense. Revis is great, but he is not a playmaker. I believe Cro is a playmaker, but he needs a pass rush to make him more potent. Pool deserves another year, based on how he played at the end of the season. Bart Scott is done and need not be retained. Harris is a beast (but you have to catch that interception, sorry had to get that in). A young stud next to Harris would help improve the range of the Jets inside LBs. As with Cro, I believe Pace would be better if he had a dominant pass rusher on the other side, so keep him, but the Jets need a young stud on the other side of him. The front three needs to get younger. Ellis, I have mix feelings on him. At this time, I don't know if the Jets keep him or let him go. Jenkins, I want to keep him. He is a playmaker the defensive line was missing all season. Pouha should be retained but he is 31. Devito is a no brainer, keep him. I know I'm missing a lot of other players but this post is about adding playmakers to this defense.
Again, this post is about how to improve this defense. So opinions would be greatly appreciated. Also which level of the defense needs improving.
Also want to point out, out of the four QBs who played Sunday, Sanchez outplayed all of them.