Head coach Rex Ryan wants to reignite the Jets former blitz-happy pass rush that enabled two dominant seasons en route to the pinnacle of playoff success.
New found linebacker Quinton Coples displayed explosive ability as a defensive end in his rookie season, registering 5.5 sacks and two defended passes in two starts.
Coples' coverage skills will be heavily tested early on, but he maintains the intangibles necessary to effectively man his position.
Second-year player DeMario Davis earned a starting gig by default when the Jets front office opted to dump veteran Bart Scott.
Davis played in all 16 games for the Jets in 2012 and recorded 22 tackles. He'll play inside with veteran David Harris, who registered respectable numbers last season despite under-performing.
Harris tallied 79 tackles, three sacks and three defended passes in 16 starts.
Free-agent pick-up Antwan Barnes is attempting to revitalize his career after a disappointing, injury-plagued season in 2012. He was dominant in 2011, recording 32 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles.
The linebacking core is the deepest positional unit on the Jets defense. Calvin Pace and Garrett McIntyre supply depth on the outside edge, in addition to Josh Mauga and Nick Bellore.