Rex's Vision Comes To Fruition

posted by: Ryan Ruppert | Editorial | 5 comments

Rex's Vision Comes To Fruition

The reaction of New York Jets fans in late April may have not been the most positive in lieu of taking two more defensive players. The most interesting part of Rex's most recent draft as the New York Jets head coach came when they took a defensive lineman with their second 1st round selection, marking the third years in a row that they have taken a defensive lineman in the first round.

If there's one thing that one shouldn't question, it's Rex's ability to analyze defensive line talent. Muhammad Wilkerson (2.0 sacks), Sheldon Richardson (1.0 sack), and Quinton Coples (multiple hurries) dominated the line of scrimmage versus the Buffalo Bills. The Jets as a whole recorded 8.0 total sacks against the EJ Manuel lead Bills, the most any fan will probably remember since the John Abraham/Shaun Ellis era.

The structure of the defense is truly remarkable as it's a very good young core for what Rex wants to do. Wilkerson might be in a class of his own in terms of defensive lineman who change a game as he is the entire package of penetration, eating up blockers, and simply bowling them over. His athleticism at 6'4" 315 lbs. is remarkable, and to be able to pair him up with two other defensive lineman in Damon "Snacks" Harrison & Richardson who can penetrate, makes Mo a deadly force. Rex understands how the 3-4 defense works incredibly well, and has built the front seven in such a way that there are lots of big bodies for frequent rotations, along with two inside linebackers with incredibly good instincts and tackling ability. Demario Davis' sideline to sideline ability cannot be undervalued as he allows the rest of the linebackers to fill their gaps hard so he can roam.

The box score showed up as only a 7 point game, as the Jets essentially marched the Bills down the field with penalty after penalty late in the game, totaling 20 penalties and becoming the first team to win with that many penalties in decades. Rex Ryan quickly demanded to fix this in instituting a 'pushup for penalty' policy in practice that they formerly did in 2010. Rex's overall coaching of the game may come into question with two suspect challenges, but one must focus on the positives of a promising victory.

Geno Smith and the offensive output for this game cannot be ignored either, as they were possibly more impressive in their 500+ total yard performance. Geno Smith looks as though he has incredibly thick skin as he looked unfazed by both interceptions he threw. While the play calling may have been called into question last week, it seemed to be on point this week. This is not to say that more run plays will make Geno more effective always, but when the running game is working it needs to be utilized the way Marty Mornhinweg used it this week.

Mornhinweg does not have handcuffs on Smith in terms of throwing the ball down field, which is something that was nearly never allowed by Brian Schottenheimer and Tony Sparano while Mark Sanchez was quarterback. While it may have not played into Sanchez' skill set, teams need to be threatened by a deep ball in order to loosen up underneath passing and the running game. Geno completed passes of 51 and 69 to Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes, the latter being the game winner.

Both the offense and defense looked promising, albeit against the Bills, one cannot be happier with the way the team came out looking for knockout blows on both sides of the ball. The more impressive thing about the ways in which the Jets are winning is that it is coming with a rookie quarterback and more importantly young talent all over the field.

Tags: rex ryan, bills, quinton coples, demario davis, geno smith, sheldon richardson, damon harrison, muhamman wilkerson


  • LogeSection2RowJ – 09/25/2013 11:30:34 am

    Nice article. There were many things to be happy about Sunday, but for me the highlight was after allowing that horrible, game-tying penalty drive, rather than button-up and try to slowly drive for three points to escape with a win, they went for the home-run and hit a deep ball for a TD that totally deflated the opponent. We haven't seen that around here in years. Reminded me of O'Brien to Walker to win the OT Dolphins game in '86.

  • lamont_jordan_rules – 09/25/2013 11:35:00 am

    Nice read! Richardson is becoming a B-E-A-S-T! Snacks was a steal, and once Coples is fully back these guys are going to be scary good!

  • South J-E-T – 09/25/2013 12:18:12 pm

    Glad to see a positive story on Rex. (even if it did come from the Jets site). Avg coaches can look great with a great QB and good coaches can look really lousy with a bad QB. Such is the case with Rex. So many of Rex's problems and criticism have come from the result of poor QB play. Geno has showed some fire and can lead the team down the field and score points. This opens the door of opportunity for the defense to show what they can do. And that, my fellow Jets fans, is was Rex is very good at. We are better than the Titans and will win in Nashville. At the Falcons on MNF will be tough but need to beat Pitt and NE at home after the trip to ATL. PLAYOFF BOUND.

  • Footballgod214 – 09/25/2013 02:30:05 pm

    It would hav been very easy for Rex to have gone Offense with at least one of his 1st round pics, maybe even a 'job saver' for himself. But to use BOTH 1st rnd pics on Defense shows Rex has more balls and faith in himself than anyone can imagine.

  • Denny – 09/25/2013 02:51:07 pm

    Time to take back Tennessee's number. C. Johnson should be benched in all fantasy leagues cause he will get nothing. Locker? Sorry kid. Gonna be a rough week.

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