T, OLB, G, CB, FS, WR
The biggest offseason question is likely to be “The problem with
Now, Gholston aside. Like him, love him or loathe him, Ryan has breathed a new life back into this defense. Belief oozes out of every pore whenever they take to the field and as such, they are playing with a swagger that is daring teams to beat them. Nowhere has this been more embodied than in cornerback Darrelle Revis. He has systematically shut down opposing wide receivers with alarming regularity in much the same way that Nnmandi Asomugha and Champ Bailey have done in seasons past. Opposite Revis, Lito Sheppard has been okay, Dwight Lowery has been okay … but because teams are targeting you to avoid throwing near Revis, that can make your numbers look worse than they are. Even accounting for that; however, it would be no surprise to see the Jets looking to acquire an upgrade here in the draft.
The linebacker corps – Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, David Harris – are a very solid unit. Ryan has them purring. Undoubtedly the “weakest link” in the linebacking corps is former first-round pick Bryan Thomas, who made only marginal contributions overall to the units production. As with CB2, expect the Jets to address this position as Thomas’ and Gholston’s failure to provide heat off the edge is leaving Pace carrying the burden, and while he’s good someone opposite him would not only increase his value and productivity in Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues, but also that of the whole unit, which is no small feat.
At safety, Kerry Rhodes has been enigmatic again this season, often flattering to deceive. He has yet to return to the stellar form he demonstrated to the league in his breakout rookie season and Pro Bowl-caliber sophomore year. Three seasons later and we’re still waiting for a return to form. It got to the point that Ryan even took to benching him for his subpar play. Ultimately? I think the Jets want to keep
At strong safety? Jim Leonhard showed exactly why he was brought over from the Ravens with Bart Scott, and their loss has been the Jets’ gain. No change needed here.
The defensive unit – as you would expect from a former