- Defensive players show universal confidence in defense's potential [NJAM]
- Williams hopes to become the Jets' next great pass rusher [ESPN New York]
- Douzable pulling for his buddy Wilkerson to get new deal [Newsday]
- Power rankings round-up: Jets mostly in the twenties [Jets Official Site]
- Could an NFL team end a game with one point? In theory, yes... [NY Times]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Almost all of today's links are in some way connected with the prevailing confidence the Jets seem to have in their defense this year. Antonio Cromartie said it best when he said that "on paper we look good".
What gives me encouragement is how well the Cardinals' defense fared last year with Todd Bowles at the helm. With the well past-his-prime Larry Foote as basically his only viable inside linebacker option all year and several other players out, his defense was still patched together well enough to keep Arizona in contention. Even though they gave up the 9th most yards in the league, they had a bend-but-not-break characteristic to them which helped them limit their opponents to the 5th lowest amount of points.
Nobody really wants to see this be that kind of hang-on-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth defense though. Jets fans are expecting an aggressive defense and the numbers say that Bowles will blitz more than and, if the last two years are anything to go by, create more turnovers than Rex Ryan's defense did. It's nice to know that Bowles has the ability to adjust if personnel issues arise though. As he himself said yesterday, "We don't try to be good; we try to stop people."