During the team's recent minicamp, Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine talked about more changes in the team's defensive philosophy.
Recognizing that their defensive line has become a much stronger unit than their linebacking corps, Ryan and Pettine claimed the team would be using a 4-3 defense much more than the 3-4 they have featured in the past.
The switch makes perfect sense, as the league has caught on to their "exotic" blitz packages causing major problems when trying to generate a consistent pass rush.
Also, it simply gets the Jets' best players on the field more often.
Give Ryan and Pettine credit for adjusting their scheme to fit the personnel that they have on the roster. Too many coaches try to do things the opposite way by fitting ill-equipped players into a set scheme.
For the change to be successful, certain players will have to play major roles in the new defense.
Sure, Darrelle Revis still needs to provide his lock-down coverage while Sione Pouha and David Harris must stuff the run with the same ferocity that they have in the past, but the following six players will play a large role in determining whether the Jets' new 4-3 defense will be a success.