Recently I read an interview with Calvin Pace where the Jets’ pass rush ability was once again questioned. Nearly every fan has wondered why nothing has been done yet to address this issue. While I expect Mo and K. Ellis to contribute greatly in the coming years they are still rookies. It is unfair to expect them to have a rookie season like the Lion’s Suh did.
In every interview about pass rushing Rex Ryan loves to quote the statistic that the Jets were ranked 8th in the league for sacks. However this is simply a misdirect, a football side-step. Rex is a defensive genius and is able to devise such unusual blitzes that QB’s fail to recognize them in time and they are sacked. This would be the main reason that there is no sack leader on the Jets, the sacks are spread around. However this statistic is very deceiving. Unlike what Rex would have you believe sacks do not equate to a pass rush. Rex is able to generate sacks using clever blitzes. Not through a consistent pass rush by our line. What we need to be able to do is generate pressure without an extra DB coming in to create the pressure. For example during the Patriots game in the play-offs our DB’s had to wait and extraordinary amount of time (a credit to their skill) for there to be enough pressure on Brady to force a throw.
Despite what Rex Ryan says we still need a 2-3 down player who can force QB’s to rush the throw. With the added size and youth of our line eating up more double teams and wreaking havoc on the inside shouldn’t a consistent edge rush be the Jets primary concern on defense?