Ralph Vacchiano: Right now the Jets have so many flaws, but probably the easiest one to fix wasn't supposed to be a flaw at all. The defensive line, which was absolutely dominant in the first game against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, has been something less in the three games since.
Considering the highly paid players and big talents they have up front -- Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams and even Steve McLendon in there -- they should have way more than four sacks in their last three games. They barely bothered Russell Wilson on Sunday, and he was playing with injuries to his knee on one leg and his ankle on the other. Those guys are way too good to be held in check for very long.
Wilkerson has only 1 1/2 sacks and Richardson has just a half sack and those numbers will shoot up soon. It's not like teams can afford to double team them -- not with the way Williams (four sacks) has been playing.
If it doesn't make you feel good about this problem getting fixed on its own, just because of the talent they have, then Todd Bowles, a former defensive coordinator, could help them out by having his defensive coordinator, Kacy Rodgers, dial up a few more blitzes.
The problem with that is the secondary has been so awful through the early part of the season that it might not be the smart move to give it more responsibilities. The best way to approach it is to just leave his line alone and let the players figure out their issues on their own. Once they do -- and they will -- the secondary will start to look a lot better.
If quarterbacks are forced to throw the ball quickly, secondaries don't have to cover as long. A good pass rush has always been the key to a good defense, and the Jets players are too good for them not to have one.