If anything, the Jets defense has been known for adjusting.
More adjustments are coming.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said the Jets are leaning toward making the 4-3 their base defense, and might not play any 3-4 in their six divisional games.
We might not play a snap of base defense in a division game this year,” Pettine told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “If it’s five snaps a game, that’s probably a lot.”
Such wrinkles are customary for Rex Ryan and Pettine, known for throwing curves in terms of alignments. They flooded the field with defensive backs to beat New England in the playoffs, but the reality is they need more pressure, hence the shift. The Jets have ranked 18th, 7th and 17th in sacks under Ryan, hardly the kind of pass-rush to force opponents to move quickly.
Pettine called the line the “foundation and strength of the defense,” but the reality is, playing 4-3 might be as simple as putting their best players on the field. With the emergence of Muhammad Wilkerson and the use of their first-round pick on Quinton Coples, the Jets have more talent and versatilty up front, so that’s how they’ll play.