When Rex Ryan was hired as the Jets head coach, one of the first things he promised fans was an elite defense. While the Jets haven't been elite on the level of the Ravens or Steelers, they have been ranked near the top of the AFC in each of his three seasons.
The Jets defense took a clear step backwards in 2011 and while they were still productive, they need major upgrades if they are going to ultimately win a Super Bowl. We are living in a time where the NFL is dominated by the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and yes, even Eli Manning.
Using the model of the 49ers, if a team wants to be successful with a "game manager" at quarterback, they better have a defense that strikes fear into opposing offenses.
While the Jets may have underachieved and could use an injection of speed and ferocity into their defense, they do have some players that they can build around.
There is no question that Darelle Revis is the best player on the Jets defense, but what other players stack up to make a list of the top seven defensive players currently on the Jets roster?