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Jets Bound To See Changes in Playing Style

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jenna UvegesCorrespondent IMay 30, 2009

The Jets personnel has undergone a drastic makeover. Out with defensive “genius” Eric Mangini, and throw-happy Brett Favre, and in with mastermind Rex Ryan and a more conservative ground game.

Without the arm and threat of Brett Favre, the Jets know that the quarterback situation is a very delicate one. While Mark Sanchez is quite the charmer, he still has not proven anything in an NFL game situation. Clemens is easily read and his name doesn’t automatically strike the opposition with fear. The Jets will inevitably focus on running the ball instead of throwing it up, like they did with Brett Favre. The team has admitted it; Jones and Washington will be primary figures and are expected to pound away at the opposition's defense.

The Jets defense has been stacked. The addition of some key players, like Bart Scott and Lito Sheppard, adds to an already strong defense. Seeing the new additions play alongside Kerry Rhodes and Darrelle Revis should not disappoint. The secondary should be more fierce and the backers will be much more physical in getting to the quarterback.

Last year, the defense was unstoppable, until the last five weeks of the season. The members had holes in their fiber that were not easy to ignore. Kris Jenkins became a non-factor, and the preventive D did nothing but help prevent the Jets from winning. For example, the Jets convincingly won against Arizona; however, the second half of the game became a lot closer than it should have been because of repeatedly blown coverages. The chip passes over the middle left, with the Jets vulnerable and looking confused. Opposing offenses were able to march down the field at their will, like the last drive of the Patriots game in Foxboro. The game should never have gotten so close, but the D couldn’t cover the middle of the field, and towards the end of the season other teams started to figure that out. As a result, the Jets were constantly burned and It didn’t help that Favre was placing the ball in the other teams' hands by throwing interceptions, but that’s besides the point.

For the 2009-2010 season, the Jets plan on attacking on defense. They want to control the game and think with a defensive mind, not win with the big throws. This does not mean they won’t take chances in the air, but their scheme is to win with the defense, and keep the scoring low. The coach has already implicated a more fun and aggressive style of play, as opposed to Mangini’s strict, militant technique of coaching. Look for the much criticized 3-4 defense to drastically improve under Ryan, and become the most feared in the division. 

The new additions will bring a new playing style, but with the leadership the team has in Rex Ryan, the changes should be positive. He will bring the defense together and dare the opposing team to make a play against them. The offense will probably struggle a little in the beginning, but should mesh together nicely. One thing that would be nice would be more trick plays. The Jets should have more fun and take a few more risks. Everyone knows the Jets don’t go for trickery...very rarely do they go that route. Throw a flea-flicker in the mix. Regardless of how they decide to run the offense under whoever is under center, expect the defense to bring the heat.

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