Jets head coach Todd Bowles believes his defensive unit made big improvements in the team's win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
The Jets let up 45 points to the Raiders a week ago, but it didn't look like a defense that allowed that many points on Sunday. The Dolphins couldn't get anything going offensively, and Bowles believes it was because the team played together.
"Everybody was where they were supposed to be," Bowles told the NY Daily News' Daniel Popper. "We didn't leave any open gaps. We gang-tackled instead of tackling with single people. We got after it and everybody communicated."
The Dolphins rely on their run game to get their offense rolling with RB Jay Ajayi leading the pack. It looked to be a favorable matchup for him after the Jets allowed a total 370 rushing yards in their losses to the Bills and Raiders. But he could only muster 16 yards on 11 carries with the Jets front four meeting him consistently at the line of scrimmage.
"We hold ourselves to a higher standar than that as a defense and as a defensive front," DE Leonard Williams said. "Ajayi is a great running back, and we held them to 30 rushing ayrds. that's great for us. We showed that we can do it."
Pass defense was also a strength for the Jets who only allowed 220 yards from QB Jay Cutler on 44 attempts. He reached the end zone only once at the end of the game while forcing an interception as well.
Linebacker Demario Davis, who led the Jets with 12 tackles, knows the group needs to stay together if they want continued success.
"The game is played inside the while lines, man, and we just want to prove it on tape. We want to prove it on Sunday," Davis said. "When we're able to go out on the field and execute, we got a good group, and we can do some good things. So the key for us is just staying together."
It was a dominant performance, and rookie S Jamal Adams believes it is only the start of what this defense can achieve going forward.
"We always had confidence," Adams said. "We just needed to put the right pieces together, and it's finally starting to mold. We're not where we want to be, but this is the start of it."
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