Rex Ryan, New York Jets Need to Focus on Linebacker Corps

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Rex Ryan, New York Jets Need to Focus on Linebacker Corps
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New York is a big market, and that means the national focus goes on the stars. Discussions tend to center around quarterbacks, wide receivers and other highlight reel positions.

But if you want to look at the position that is failing the Jets this year, look at the linebackers.

The Jets offense is no worse than it was during back-to-back trips to the AFC championship game. The special teams are still good. It is the defense that has gotten worse this year.

Yet the Jets still have the best secondary in the NFL. They have an improved and well above average defensive line.

So why is the defense worse?

The simple answer is that the linebackers as a unit have gotten significantly worse. I take a look at the entire linebacking unit and shed some light on why they have performed so poorly so far in 2012. 

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