The Jets Are Flying High; Why The Number 1 Defense Will Prevail In 2010

Chris Dela RosaContributor IMarch 5, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets intercepts a pass intended for Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter  on November 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After the 2009 Playoffs, everybody knew about Darrelle Revis and Revis Island.  Revis has players like; Chad Ochocinco, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, Roddy White, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith (above), Marques Colston and Randy Moss trapped on his island.  In the AFC Championship game against the Colts the Jets collapsed after the two minute warning in the second quarter.  Although Revis was able to help out the defense in the divisional round against the Chargers, the passing attack of the Indianapolis Colts was just too much for the defense.  With Peyton Manning, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon and Dallas Clark, it was just too much for the Jets too handle with mediocre cornerbacks like Lito Sheppard and Dwight Lowery the Jets realized that they needed another cornerback.

On Thursday night, the search for a high caliber cornerback ended with the addition of Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers.  For a third round pick which could turn into a second round pick the Jets were able to get Cromartie who has one season left in his contract.  Cromartie will be playing opposite Revis in the 2010-11 season.  With a record of 9-7 the Jets were able to get a wild card spot in the playoffs led by Rex Ryan, who in his first season was able to turn the Jets defense into the number 1 defense in the entire league.  The one problem; the cornerback opposite of Revis.

In October of the 2009 season, the Jets lost their top nose tackle Kris Jenkins to a season-ending knee injury and Mike Devito had to step up along with the entire defense, and they did.  The entire defense was able to keep it together until they played the Colts and their speedy passing attack, with the addition of Cromartie the Jets solidify their defense.  Hopeful that Jenkins returns this season, the Jets plan to stay at the number 1 spot for defense.  For the most part the 2009 Jets defense carried the team and now with a matured Mark Sanchez and strong rushing attack led by all-star lineman Alan Faneca, the Jets offense will not face the same adversity as last year and will be able to back up the defense.

Playing against the AFC and NFC North this season, the Jets look to finish what they started last year and win on "Super Sunday" and have that parade Rex Ryan promised down the "Canyon of Heroes".  


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