New York Jets: 5 Potential Weak Spots on Defense
The New York Jets are predicted by many to have one of the best defenses in the league, but that does not mean the Jets don't have positions that should concern both coaches and fans.
Here is a brief breakdown of the five biggest weak spots on the New York Jets defense.
- Safety- The last line of defense may also be the weakest line of defense for the Jets. Jim Leonhard is coming back from a leg injury and although he has a lot of heart he can be out-muscled by bigger and stronger players. Eric Smith is a big hitter, but has been known to allow receivers to get behind him in coverage.
- Outside Linebackers in Pass Coverage- The Jets send their outside linebackers on blitzes a lot, which could partially explain that weak spot in the pass coverage. I think more of the reason is the fact that both Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas are getting up their in age, and when they have to cover a big zone are not quick enough to get around.
- Defensive End- The Jets lost a lot when they got ride of Sean Ellis, and it shows in the lack of pass rush the Jets are getting on the edge.
- Cromartie- This may come as a shock, but Antonio Cromartie gets beat a lot. It may be partially because he is thrown at so much because teams avoid Revis, but Cromartie is a big-risk, big-reward type of player.
- Depth- The Jets have a lot of intimidating names in their starting line-up, but behind that is a lot of guys who have played well in preseason, but never shown it on the big stage. If the Jets lose players to a few injuries they could be in serious trouble.
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