Jets Offseason

Now that we have begun to recap the Giants offseason it is time to do the same for the Jets. The Jets followed up an eventful offseason that saw them acquire nose tackle Kris Jenkins, Outside Linbacker Calvin Pace, Offensive Guard Alan Faneca, and of course quarterback Brett Favre to go along with a few other small signings, with another spending spree. They also fired Eric Mangini and replaced him with the highly regarded defensive coordinator Rex Ryan of the Baltimore Ravens.

Ryan’s goal going into this season was to turn the Jets defense into one as intimidating as the one he has run in Baltimore for the past several years. On offense the plan is to keep it conservative with an emphasis on the run. To help him execute this plan the Jets made moves to solidify their linebackers and secondary. The focus in this article will be the addition to the linebacking core.

The Jets biggest acquisition on the defensive side this offseason has been adding the former Raven Bart Scott. He brings with him leadership, an understanding of Ryan’s defense, and great talent something the Jets need with only two true starters out of the four needed; this becoming especially important in a 3-4 defense as the linebackers carry with them great responsibility. The addition of Scott helps to solidify the front seven that already got a big boost last offseason with the additions of Jenkins and Pace. If they can get production out of last year’s first round pick Vernon Gholston the Jets will have a very formidable front seven capable of putting plenty of pressure on the quarterback, something that is very important to having a good defense and something Rex Ryan loves to do. Next article will highlight the additions to the secondary with the last article talking about the draft.

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