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Jets’ Calvin Pace: We’re the best defense in the NFL

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Jets linebacker Calvin Pace says he’s part of the best defense in football.

“[Compared to] the rest of the defenses in the NFL? S—, man, we’re the best,” Pace told the New York Daily News. “You ask anybody around the league, we’re not the team you want to see coming in, even in a down year.”

A lot of people in Seattle (among several NFL locales) would disagree with that statement, but Pace believes opposing offenses fear coach Rex Ryan’s defense more than any other.

“There’s a certain type of aggression when we come . . . you know we’re going to come with a lot of stuff and teams don’t want to see that,” Pace said. “They want to see a vanilla defense, that just lines up and you know where they’re going to be. . . . I’ll take these guys and Rex and this system any day.”

If you’re keeping track of the Jets’ bold statements in training camp, Pace joins Dee Milliner proclaiming himself the best cornerback in the NFL, Ryan calling David Harris the most underrated linebacker in the NFL and Ryan describing himself as “a great coach.” (Ryan did modestly acknowledge that he may not be the best coach of all time.)

If the Jets are half as good as they think they are, they’ll be a playoff team.

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116 Responses to “Jets’ Calvin Pace: We’re the best defense in the NFL”
  1. whiteknightblackheart says: Jul 28, 2014 3:30 PM

    I wish the reporters would stop asking a bunch of hyper competitive and confident men if they are willing to suggest someone else is better at their job than them.

  2. casualmalexlfan says: Jul 28, 2014 3:31 PM

    Is there a way to legally place a gag order on all Jets players during the offseason? Please?

  3. jimmy53 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:31 PM

    Just because you can say it—doesn’t make it true…

  4. northshorejag says: Jul 28, 2014 3:31 PM

    Well they have the best corner in the league when he’s not getting benched

  5. zoellner25 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:33 PM

    And no Super Bowls (that anyone can remember anyway)

  6. joeytorontosucks says: Jul 28, 2014 3:33 PM

    what a team.

  7. lengai says: Jul 28, 2014 3:33 PM

    At 1:15 my heart just melted….

  8. kd75 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    Well, you haven’t given up any yards yet, so tecnically, you are tied for #1 defense in the NFL as of July 28 2014.

  9. jayrast says: Jul 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    The Jets make it too easy. SMH

  10. seattlecvd says: Jul 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    NFL should be making Calvin Pace pee in a cup soon.

    Cause dude is high.

  11. thepftpoetisacrossdresser says: Jul 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    Here’s our first candidate for a “random” drug test leading into this season.

    They MAY be in the top 10…maybe, and someone remind this donkey that they were #11 statistically last season.

    Sounds like Rex is certainly wearing off on his boys…Next he’s gonna say Geno is the best QB in the league too.

  12. jakescott13 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    Let’s face it…you have the Jets up on top, and then everyone else falls somewhere below.

  13. whatnojets says: Jul 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    What else did you expect them to say?

  14. jkampel20 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    Why do the Jets always have to be “the best”?

    Everyone in that organization is incessantly claiming they’re the best. Those who are the best don’t usually feel the need to say they’re the best.

  15. dickshotdogs says: Jul 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    This is getting better by the day. Seriously, I love this. Keep it comin’, Jets players.

    Patriots fan

  16. crawfish2011 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    Somebody must be spreading the Ebola virus in their lockeroom.

  17. dcstinks says: Jul 28, 2014 3:36 PM

    Umm, ok. Ill have what he has been smoking.

  18. cpitch12 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:37 PM

    I love it …they talk like they won the division the last 11 of 12 years ….and have best record in NFL SINCE 2001…..Wait thats New England….

  19. nyninerfan says: Jul 28, 2014 3:38 PM

    It’s hard to recall another team, from top to bottom, who has talked so much yet done so little.

  20. nullaereale says: Jul 28, 2014 3:40 PM

    Fantastic Calvin! I hope you guys on defense can score.

  21. johngaltwho says: Jul 28, 2014 3:40 PM

    So let it be written
    So let it be done

  22. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 28, 2014 3:41 PM

    I have never seen a team so unproven do so much talking.

  23. kingcasper says: Jul 28, 2014 3:42 PM

    Do the Jests (yes…jests) ever shut their mouths?

  24. CKL says: Jul 28, 2014 3:42 PM

    I respect RR as a defensive coach and there’s no doubt that whichever team he coaches will have a tough defense. I get that he’s done with the “gag order” and so are his players so they are going a little buck wild talking. I also have no problem with guys feeling they are good players. That said, I see no upside to this kind of public talk, none at all.

  25. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 28, 2014 3:43 PM

    I think Dallas has something to say about this!

  26. seabrawk12 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:43 PM

    Who??? Said What???

  27. ravensfaninflorida says: Jul 28, 2014 3:43 PM

    The NFL really needs to start drug testing all the Jets players cause of idiotic comments like this. Also test Rex !!!!!

  28. slashpg88 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:43 PM

    Play a real NFL snap before making comments like that. Ha Rookies smh

  29. jeagan1999 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:44 PM

    There you have it…best coach, best DB, best defense…all the other teams might as well sit and watch soap operas because the Jets are the “best” at everything…LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!
    I think we also forgot best comedians!

  30. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 28, 2014 3:45 PM

    Can’t argue with him. Best defensive line in football. Sheldon Richardson + Mo Wilkerson. Name a better tandem.

    Envious haters can’t!

  31. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 28, 2014 3:45 PM

    thepftpoetisacrossdresser says: Jul 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    Here’s our first candidate for a “random” drug test leading into this season.
    —————————————————————-
    Actually it’s too late. Brees was tested shortly after saying he can play until he’s 45. But he can be #2.

  32. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 28, 2014 3:46 PM

    You might want to try getting above 8-8 before proclaiming yourself the best at anything. In the real world, .500 is considered mediocre.

  33. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:46 PM

    I can’t stand the Jets. They do too much yapping and not enough playing.

    So what if Richard Sherman talks? He backs it up, unlike Rex and his clowns.

  34. kev86 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:47 PM

    tommy boy and the patsies have had it easy in the afc east.

  35. hjb99992013 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:47 PM

    What the heck is in the water in NY to make these types of idiotic comments

    or does Rex put some fantasy potion in the skittles bowl

  36. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God's team. says: Jul 28, 2014 3:47 PM

    Notice how the Steelers talk on the field? We noticed that too. We know we’re going to win it all but we don’t feel the need to convince ourselves by continually repeating it to the world.

  37. westandwest3805 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:47 PM

    Not when your offense turns it over and have to defend short field after short field after short field.

  38. spohawk says: Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    HAHAHAHA – Signe Spohawk

    Go Hawks!

  39. grogansheroes says: Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    Now we know why Belichick doesn’t let his players say much to the media.

  40. catquick says: Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    @thepftpoetisacrossdresser…….I think Geno already said that. …..

  41. gromit45 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    “We’re the best.
    We’re the Tower of Pisa.
    We’re the…”

    Oh #$%^&! Tom Brady and the Pats are still in our division.

    Never mind.

  42. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    What will they say after Brady gives them their annual shellacking.

  43. laxer37 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    I think most of us have learned to tune out the noise that comes from the Jets.

    No team runs their mouth with fewer results than these clowns, starting with their head coach.

  44. bonnovi says: Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    Seriously. Just stop.

  45. pete2112 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:49 PM

    Why don’t they just play the games and let that do the talking for them. And this should definitely apply to Rex Ryan as well. I think he’s used up all of his predictions quota for a lifetime.

  46. jchipwood says: Jul 28, 2014 3:49 PM

    And they dont have to steal play calls either. Take that patriots.

  47. jetfanatic says: Jul 28, 2014 3:50 PM

    I’m a die-hard Jets fan, but I’d prefer they all just shut-up and play. Let your performance and others determine who’s the best.

  48. broncostevenp says: Jul 28, 2014 3:51 PM

    White noise

  49. jdrewsy says: Jul 28, 2014 3:51 PM

    You know what they say about disappointment. You can’t it without expectation! The Jets are setting themselves up for a very disappointing season! Go Hawks!

  50. dfried119 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:53 PM

    player like coach zzzzzz

    Pats own that division…

    redskins fan

  51. biggredbird76 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:54 PM

    SINCE WHEN DID THE JETS PLAY IN THE NFC WEST

  52. scw1993 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:54 PM

    When you’re a successful team, who has won season after season, nobody in the organization has to stand on a soapbox and proclaim greatness in any way, because it’s a given.

    Rex needs to find a different way to instill confidence in his players, because it’s obvious to all but jet’s fans that it’s not working. Pre-season paper champs just doesn’t cut it anymore. All show, no stay.

  53. dfried119 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:54 PM

    guess that comes with playing the dolphins and bills twice a year

  54. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 28, 2014 3:55 PM

    Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall.

    — Proverbs

  55. texansdude says: Jul 28, 2014 3:55 PM

    Why the H can’t they just play football, shut their mouths and demonstrate it?

    4 -12

  56. jerbear55 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:56 PM

    He has been on Rex Ryan’s team too long… Over exaggeration to the fullest…

  57. gonzoforbills says: Jul 28, 2014 3:56 PM

    More Jets players using their mouth to write checks their butts can’t cash…

  58. deadlevelbest says: Jul 28, 2014 3:59 PM

    Literally no one has ever answered that question with “Maybe #8″

  59. tomcous says: Jul 28, 2014 3:59 PM

    Yo Gabba Gabba!

    … David Harris is underrated, that I agree with …

    BUTt the lip is greater than their play

  60. reeggss says: Jul 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    Calvin Pace? Seriously, he is known for signing one of the most ridiculous contracts in the nfl when he came to NY. Does anyone care what he has to say?

  61. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 28, 2014 4:01 PM

    Rex still hasn’t stop selling cool aid to his team. They have been the best defense ever. Shut up already

  62. mrlaloosh says: Jul 28, 2014 4:04 PM

    They do have a nasty defense. Really good. Unfortunately their offense is horrible and special teams are also bad.

  63. trollhammer20 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:10 PM

    Just
    Eternally
    Talking
    Smack

  64. dennis2488 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:12 PM

    when the patriots start beat them 56-3 in a couple months, just remember that they were asking for it.

  65. dfried119 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:17 PM

    best runnign qb ever, best defense, best corner, best coach… BEST TEAM FOR A LAUGH ON PFT

  66. karl422 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:18 PM

    I am a big fan but really, can you guys just keep your mouths shut until the season is over?

  67. scoops1 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:19 PM

    A-Rodge will prove the Jets Defense is mediocre come week 2

  68. weepingjebus says: Jul 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    The Jets are the best argument either for or against legalizing pot use in the NFL, I just can’t decide which.

  69. packerman1968 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    Jets Jets Jets

    Blah Blah Blah

  70. osiris33 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    “That’s funny.” — The Seattle Seahawks

  71. Frank Gibbons says: Jul 28, 2014 4:25 PM

    “JUST REMEMBER, IT ISN’T A LIE, IF YOU BELIEVE IT”

  72. mikelitoris1 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    “I’m the best defense in the NFL.”

    – Dee Milliner

  73. notthetroll says: Jul 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    Everyone is selling Kool-Aid at Jets camp this summer.

  74. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    ok.. just shut up now

    it was funny for awhile… now this Jets crap is simply pathetic

    Jets are one of the 5 worst teams in the league, record may be inflated due to worst division in football

  75. gayforbrady says: Jul 28, 2014 4:31 PM

    Patriots are going to destroy the jets this year.

    It’s too bad because when they suffer 2 blow outs Rex Ryan will be fired.

    And that means no more comedy central in the NFL.

  76. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 28, 2014 4:31 PM

    “The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God’s team. says:
    Jul 28, 2014 3:47 PM
    Notice how the Steelers talk on the field? We noticed that too. We know we’re going to win it all but we don’t feel the need to convince ourselves by continually repeating it to the world.”

    Uh, look at your screen name, buddy. I think you do need to convince yourself by continually repeat it to the world….

  77. jetsmmt says: Jul 28, 2014 4:32 PM

    They may not be the best defense, but they are going to be top 10 at least.

  78. gsyl says: Jul 28, 2014 4:33 PM

    Jets have gone 22-26 in the past three years. We get it, though. Positive reinforcement. Attitude. Winning. It worked for me.

    -Charlie Sheen

  79. jetsmmt says: Jul 28, 2014 4:34 PM

    A packer fan calling another team’s defense mediocre? Now that’s really funny.

  80. pastabelly101 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:36 PM

    yeesh!!!!1

  81. 69finfan says: Jul 28, 2014 4:36 PM

    I suppose the Jets Water boy, Team Doctor and Chaplin are the best at their craft as well.

  82. TheWizard says: Jul 28, 2014 4:38 PM

    You ask anybody around the league, we’re not the team you want to see coming in

    Really??

  83. snoqualmieterry says: Jul 28, 2014 4:38 PM

    Better than Seattle? Laughable

  84. biggs13 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:41 PM

    J-E-T-S = L-A-S-T in A-F-C E-A-S-T

  85. iamkillerfin says: Jul 28, 2014 4:44 PM

    Say whatever you want the junk jets suck!!! GO FINS!!!

  86. jamesmfitzpatrick says: Jul 28, 2014 4:51 PM

    Critics – What the hell do you expect him today?

    “Well, I think we’re pretty good, but teams x, y, and z are better than our defense, I think.”

    Don’t be damn fools.

  87. 2difshoe says: Jul 28, 2014 4:52 PM

    “You ask anybody around the league, we’re not the team you want to see coming in, even in a down year.”

    ———————————————————-

    Yeah, you and the Chicago Cubs !

  88. b3nz0z says: Jul 28, 2014 4:56 PM

    in six months when everyone’s laughing at the jets’ yearly collapse i hope jets fans will remember these types of quotes

  89. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    69finfan says: Jul 28, 2014 4:36 PM

    I suppose the Jets Water boy, Team Doctor and Chaplin are the best at their craft as well
    —————————————————————-
    I think they have a case for best Chaplin. He was able to hone his craft with Tim Tebow.

  90. ampats says: Jul 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    The Red Headed Stepchildren speak again. Look at me and the stupid things I say.

    That’s what being a NY Jets is all about. Now lets go get a goddamn snack and get 46 candles on that cake.

  91. fordmandalay says: Jul 28, 2014 4:58 PM

    The entire Jets team is trolling the interwebs and sports blogs!

  92. hopper15 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    Those Jets sure are humble.

  93. winstonjed44 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    No player is gonna say someone else is better than them, or truly believes they aren’t the best. The Jets may not be the best, but their defense is pretty solid, got them to an 8-8 record last year and actually had a shot at the playoffs late in the season despite a dismal offense that was ranked at the bottom of most categories.

  94. packerman1968 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    J ackass
    E go
    T ables
    Season

  95. tim8450 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:35 PM

    Even as a Pats fan I have respect for RR and his defense.

    They are a tough defense and he has his guys believing in themselves, and their system, despite their record, which is a good thing for them.

    Yes, he is funny, yes, he is outrageous and entertaining. But take a few minutes to study Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” and you will find that this is an effective strategy to get your team to perform at a high level. Write the check, then you are forced and motivated to get ready to cash it.

    It would be much less amusing if they were already the best defense in the league so we should just be thankful for that.

  96. rahavort says: Jul 28, 2014 5:48 PM

    SHUT. UP. JETS. That is all

  97. bleedrangerblue says: Jul 28, 2014 6:01 PM

    Life long Jet fan here and holy crap I’m tired of hearing how great we are. Please shut up and show Jet nation…… Shhhhhhh

  98. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 6:02 PM

    again, Jets are in the league mostly for humor

  99. bartpkelly says: Jul 28, 2014 6:22 PM

    That vanilla defense, that just lines up and you know where they’re going to be…just won a Superbowl by blowing out the NFL’s highest scoring offense. Maybe Vanilla is not so bad.

  100. coolherc says: Jul 28, 2014 6:26 PM

    Jets’ defense was 19th in points allowed last season. That’s not good enough for even top half of the league (19th), much less tops. Just curious what the excuse will be when they fail to make the post-season again this season.

  101. largent80100 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:38 PM

    Jets delusional talking went from funny to annoying.

    Please setember, shatter those illusions forever.

  102. pgilbert15303 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:48 PM

    Jets = 1980’s Ron Jeremy (when he was more limber)

    Self Satisfaction… Let your actions speak for itself on the field.

    Yes, you are practicing against your own team. Of course you are going to be high on yourself. Geno can make any defense look great!

  103. somethinghappeninghere says: Jul 28, 2014 6:51 PM

    Figures only guys on defense can even consider making these Rex-Ryan-y BS claims…when Geno Smith calls himself the best QB in the NFL (when he isn’t even the best in AFC East), let me know…

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  104. napalm101 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:57 PM

    Can’t wait to see the Jets put up or shut up…The Jets are a joke…

  105. banlarson says: Jul 28, 2014 6:59 PM

    How did the “dream team” comment work out in Philly? Best to keep your mouth shut and let your play do the talking.

  106. thephinatic says: Jul 28, 2014 7:05 PM

    Gotta love the jets fans who whenever someone on their team says something stupid like this, say “Well what do you expect them to say, we suck?” No. We expect them to just not say dumb things. Is that really so hard?

  107. 480volt says: Jul 28, 2014 8:02 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

  108. alan226 says: Jul 28, 2014 8:20 PM

    What the eff is in the water in NY????

  109. alan226 says: Jul 28, 2014 8:26 PM

    Never have so many, talked so much, and done so little….

  110. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 28, 2014 8:31 PM

    We have two top tier QBs in Geno Smith and Michael Vick, with great offensive weapons in CJ2K and Eric Decker. We also have the best defense in the NFL! Hate all you want, but if the NFL didn’t have envy for us and let the Patriots spy on us and steal our Super Biwl winning ideas, we would have more rings than them! I could not ask for a better team!!!!

    #JetsDynasty
    #ThankGodI’mAJetsFan
    #JetsOwnTheCheaterPats

  111. JackedUpSports says: Jul 28, 2014 8:39 PM

    whether he says it out loud or not, their defense is still top 5 easily

  112. patsfan13 says: Jul 28, 2014 8:42 PM

    What is the world coming to? politicallyincorrect got through two posts without including a dig at the Patriots.

  113. deacon85 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:38 PM

    All right, I’m convinced Rex must fine players who don’t say they’re the best. There must be a reason for this delusional thinking that pervades the Jet locker room. Players on other teams boast a little, but the Jets simply take it to another level. It’s like they’re all trying to be the best at saying they’re the best. There’s no logical reason for it, unless they all genuinely think they’re the best in the NFL, and if that’s the case, then Rex has done a great job of convincing them.
    In Foxoboro, they don’t care about any of that stuff. Enough said.

  114. saints4real says: Jul 28, 2014 9:57 PM

    It appears Hobbes has tackled Calvin once to many times in the doorway as he got home from school. He’s dain bramaged.

  115. chargers308 says: Jul 28, 2014 11:18 PM

    Looks like this guy has already been hit one to many times in the head.

  116. djshnooks says: Jul 29, 2014 12:24 PM

    Not even the best in their own division.

    That’s Buffalo.

    Let me know when NY has 3 pro-bowlers on the d-line, and 3 d-linemen with double-digit sacks in one year.

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