I don't want to get mixed in with Carlos Rogers' recent accusation that the Jets defense quit against the 49ers on Sunday.
Even Revis-less, the defense is the Jets' backbone and may be the biggest contributor to the team's success.
Looking at the 34-0 score from last week, the defense may seem to need work, but I'd argue the defense was only scored on so much because the offense kept putting it in difficult positions. The 49ers possessed the ball for almost 37 minutes (62 percent of the game). Any defense is going to tire after being on the field as much as it was.
League-wide, the Jets are in the middle of the pack among defenses in interceptions and forced fumbles. At this point they need to get to the quarterback a bit more though. They currently sit at 5.0 sacks on the season, which is fourth worst in the league.
That said, few defenses have had to deal with such an inconsistent, anemic offense. In the process of doing its part in stopping the opposing offense, the Jets defense has actually managed to put some points up on the board (two touchdowns).
If the offense can begin to pull some of the weight and win the field-position battle, the defense's stats should improve and begin to reflect how well it has actually performed.