Do the Jets have a bona fide pass rusher to make their 3-4 defense dominant?
No. Despite making a playoff push last season, the Jets defense needs to improve its ability to get after the quarterback. The Jets lack a pure pass rusher off the edge and have to manufacture their rush with exotic pressure schemes. Bryan Thomas led the team with 8.5 sacks last season, but most of his production came during a five-game stretch near the end of the year. By not addressing OLB or DE in the draft or free agency, the team is gambling that Thomas can duplicate that production. The odds are against him, considering he only had 6.5 sacks in his four seasons prior to 2006.
This guy clearly doesn't know anything about the Jets, or he would see the sacks coming primarily towards the end of the season as a POSITIVE thing because Bryan and the rest of the squad got used to the scheme and played great D down the stretch. Why would the odds be against him to continue to play well? He is physically in his prime and got his first shot and being an everydown contributer last year, I expect him to play EVEN BETTER with the FA pickups and draft picks.
Also, although our FA aquisitions weren't Breaking News on ESPN or anything, Coleman was a solid 3-4 DE addition, as well as the flyers we took on guys like Wadsworth, Haynes and Bowens.
I'm sick of reading these "experts" never knowing what they're talking about. Articles will say things like KVO playing nose tackle for us.. Hobson playing ILB.. it boggles my mind how people who clearly don't watch all the games or know anything get paid to right articles.
I will concede that our pass rush wasn't great, and was something I hoped we addressed a little more. But if you are going to critique it, Bryan Thomas isn't the problem, its the D-Line and other available pass rushers. The Patriots top sack getter had drum roll please...... 8.5 sacks! The 3-4 is all about bringing pressure from different places. I expect Hobson, Vilma, Barton, Harris and Thomas to have better years and put better pressure on the QB.