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David Harris says expect Jets to blitz more next season

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When the New York Jets were making back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship game in 2009 and 2010, their defense was one of the most blitz-happy teams in the NFL. Over the last two years with Mike Pettine serving as the defensive play-caller, the percentage of blitzes by the Jets have decreased substantially.

According to Rich Cimini of, the Jets were first and third in the NFL in 2009 and 2010, respectively, in blitz percentage. They were 12th and 11th the past two seasons with Pettine at the helm. As noted in one-liners this morning, with Pettine now in Buffalo the Jets plan to go back to their blitzing ways this fall.

We’re going to do a lot of blitzing and getting after people,” Jets linebacker David Harris said to Cimini. “There should be a different brand of football than you were used to seeing the last couple of years.” Asked about last season’s philosophy, Harris said, “We played more coverage. It wasn’t like ’09, that’s obvious. That’s all I’ll say about that.”

The Jets blitzed on more than 50-percent of their defensive snaps in 2009. The last two seasons, the Jets blitzed on just 32.8 percent of snaps in 2011 and 34-percent of snaps in 2012.

A change in defensive aggression the last two years isn’t the only reason the Jets have fallen off in terms of win-loss record (Mark Sanchez doesn’t play on that side of the ball). However, it seems safe to say that if head coach Rex Ryan isn’t going to survive this season as the Jets coach, he’s at least planning to go out doing things his way once again.

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13 Responses to “David Harris says expect Jets to blitz more next season”
  1. mec693 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:46 AM

    very excited to see Marty Morhinweg and Rex Ryan at their craft this upcoming season.. despite people trying to chop this team down, I see a surprising season on the horizon. I mean, the offense can’t be anywhere close to as bad as last season and they were 6-7 during week 14.. logical thinking when it comes to the nfl’s ‘favorite’ team?

    may the thumbs down begin

  2. breakingb says: Jun 18, 2013 12:55 AM

    Matt Ryan is shocked!

  3. 6ball says: Jun 18, 2013 1:31 AM


    To paraphrase : we think our secondary can shut you down in man coverage.


  4. hedleykow says: Jun 18, 2013 1:36 AM

    “They are going to do a lot of blitzing” equates to “they are going to get burned a lot.” These are the freaking Jets (= joke) we are talking about here, people.

  5. judalation says: Jun 18, 2013 3:39 AM

    Way to prepare your opponents for your defense you idiots!

  6. monropoobah says: Jun 18, 2013 4:36 AM

    booyah! should be fun to watch

  7. jets13 says: Jun 18, 2013 6:26 AM

    The Jets are doing a good job of building a young athletic front 7…..with 2 new safeties, getting at the QB is a must for them this year.

  8. hehateme2 says: Jun 18, 2013 7:08 AM

    Lacking talent is the issue here. Blitz all you like when you don’t get there and alter the play. Sounds good to me.

  9. RexCanCoach says: Jun 18, 2013 7:49 AM

    D. Harris is a very good tough and understated LB and one of the few voices you should listen to and respect on the NY Jets.

  10. alexb1234 says: Jun 18, 2013 8:08 AM

    the young defensive line growing up, more blitzing(which is Rex Ryan’s forte) and Rex’s defensive schemes….not bad – if the jets can cover they won’t be as bad as everyone thinks they will be.

  11. tsizzlesucks says: Jun 18, 2013 8:11 AM

    Who really cares about the Jets defense? The team sucks from the owner to the 90th man on the roster! Can’t you guys start writing about teams and players that are at least somewhat relevant?

  12. zeke2517 says: Jun 18, 2013 8:53 AM

    Way to throw Mark Sanchez in there out of nowhere. What color shirt is he wearing? What did he do in the restaurant last night? Does he like to text Tim Tebow?

  13. schmitty2 says: Jun 18, 2013 10:14 AM

    breakingb says:Jun 18, 2013 12:55 AM

    Matt Ryan is shocked!

    It was funny the first 5 times you put this on posts. Let’s ease up now and come up with something better.

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