One would be the loneliest quantity, however 29 doesn’t really feel too good both. Simply ask any member of the Jets’ defensive unit.
Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers gathered his fees this week in preparation for Sunday’s Week 5 recreation at Cleveland and hit them with a chilly, onerous fact: With regards to stopping the run, the Jets rank twenty ninth of 32 groups within the NFL. It was not a “really feel good” second.
“Regardless that he didn’t level out any particular place group for the reason for that — and we checked out our protection as an entire for the reason for that — I nonetheless took it personally,” defensive lineman Leonard Williams stated. “Since I’ve been right here, that’s one thing our protection has prided itself on and it’s one thing our D-line has prided itself on: stopping the run. Being ranked twenty ninth now’s undoubtedly not a spot the place we need to be.”
“You need to take it personally. Each man on this locker room on the protection ought to take it personally. It ought to make you mad,” defensive lineman Steve McLendon stated. “That was a problem: All of us should do what’s essential to get us again to the place we must be.”
The Jets’ protection gave up a variety of dashing yards and a variety of factors the primary two weeks of the season: 370 yards and sixty six factors in a pair of losses. The embarrassment over these performances appeared to deliver out the perfect of their third recreation they usually allowed simply 30 dashing yards to Miami in a 20-6 win. It was short-term.
Although the protection performed an general higher recreation final Sunday within the win over Jacksonville, the Jaguars ran for one hundred seventy five yards — the third time in 4 video games the Jets have allowed that many. Rodgers stated Jags’ again Leonard Fournette made runs the place “a few of these positive aspects ought to have been 2 [yards], and he was turning them into four or 5.”
He thought it time to problem his unit.
“I’m simply stating the place we stood. … I do know we’ve a variety of prideful guys in that room, and I simply needed them to know that’s an space we’ve to enhance,” Rodgers stated. “Every week as a protection we speak about getting higher each week, and that’s an space that steadily wants to enhance. … Our commonplace needs to be excessive.”
And whereas the defensive position tends to bear the brunt of the blame in such conditions, Rodgers stated he was speaking to everybody who performs on that aspect of the ball as a result of the Jets “take a look at it as an entire — the D-line, inside…