According to several sources, including the New York Daily News, the New York Jets will perform more of a 4-3 defense, especially against division rivals. Ever since Rex Ryan took over the Jets he has deployed several types of defenses (3-4, 4-3, Blitz, Cover, and others) with success. However, for the Jets to play a single defensive set is somewhat different from the standard norm for Rex Ryan.
But don't fret. Many NFL teams have adopted more a pass first, run, second stance, and the Jets are developing a younger defensive line made up of Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace as the edge rushers with Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, and Mike DeVito making up the rotating trio of the inside. This change can be widely credited to Quinton Coples as the Jets drafted him with the 16th pick in hoping to fulfill the pass rush that the Jets have long looked for.
As the New York Jets began their first public practice today, the predictable occurred. The media's obsession with their quarterback controversy has once again ramped up. For the past year Tim Tebow's unorthodox style of offense has been a prominent topic among sports critics, so it might be interesting to read something that is not criticizing him in every aspect. There are an abundance of fans who claim that he won't find the same success this year, especially with the move to the Jets, but who's not to say he won't continue to win? I never thought any quarterback could go a game having fewer than eight pass attempts; however, it works, which leads me to believe he could be the sought out hero for the Jets.
When I heard that Tebow was traded, I wasn't shocked at the fact ownership obtained the most prized "sports celebrity" that America has to offer because that's the nature of Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum. What I was shocked about was the fact that they brought in such a polarizing figure to compete with "franchise" quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was Rex Ryan's first draft pick as "the guy".
The Patriots primarily ran a two tight-end offense last season, utlizing young stars Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. This style of offense allowed Gronkowski to be included in most of the offensive plays and led him to set new records in receiving yards and touchdowns for tight ends. However, there was one notable problem in the Patriots arsenal- the lack of a deep threat. This became evident in the Super Bowl when Tom Brady could not seem to find anyone vertically down the field. Wideouts Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco have aged considerably and are only shadows of their normally steller selfs. With the acquisition of explosive wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Broncos, the Patriots hope to solve this problem. Attacking the middle of the field with Wes Welker, Hernandez and Gronkowski is easy and Lloyd will add a new dimension to the Patriots offense. Lloyd was perhaps picked over other name wide receivers because of his connection with former Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels who now runs the Patriots offense as OC.