Ryan confident ' D ' will deliver without Pace ,
Updated: Aug 30, 2010 10: 47 PM
By RODERICK BOONE
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FLORHAM PARK , N . J. - That snickering you hear
in the background comes from those who
simply don ' t believe it , the masses who listen to
the words and immediately roll their eyes.
Even before losing Calvin Pace for a few weeks ,
the Jets made it be clearly known they can still
be a top - flight defense minus Pro Bowl
cornerback Darrelle Revis , who' s holdout has
reached 30 days . With their top pass rusher -
whose versatility can' t be matched by anyone
else in the linebacker core - sidelined with a
broken bone in his foot that required surgery in
Charlotte , N .C ., Monday, some would think the
Jets would be whistling a different tune right
They ' re not about to play "Taps, " though .
Instead , someone might as well toss on
"Triumph , " that old Wu - Tang single .
"We can get it done , " Rex Ryan said Monday.
"We ' ve proved it all through the years . That' s all
I know is great defenses . That ' s what we stand
for. It ' s not about one guy or one or two guys .
Every team is going to go through one or two
guys you are going to miss . That happened last
"This is what we do. We' re a team defense .
That ' s why I know our defense will play great.
There ' s not a question in my mind that we ' ll
The Jets point to last season as a reference ,
especially the way things went down early on.
They were without Pace and Shaun Ellis, their
two sack leaders from the previous season, for
the opener and still won, recording a pair of
sacks in the process . They found themselves
ranked fourth in total defense through those
first four weeks, compiling a 3 - 1 record .
People thought the defense was going to head
south after Kris Jenkins tore his ACL Oct. 18
against the Bills , figuring a run defense that was
a bit shaky would only get worse without the
massive nose tackle there to disrupt things. In
actuality , the Jets ' run defense went from
yielding 115. 7 yards per game to 98.6 by the
time the regular season was over, jumping from
21st in the NFL to eighth .
"Everybody on defense just needs to step their
game up when we lose players like that , "
linebacker David Harris said of Pace and Revis .
"It would be great if they were here , but injuries
and things like that happen . So you have to go
out there and be prepared when your number
is called. We have a lot of good talent in this
locker room that ' s ready to step up. "
They could get some reinforcements , although it
likely won' t happen for another two weeks.
Adalius Thomas remains on the Jets ' radar and
the 33- year- old told SI . com the team wants to
sign him after the Sept . 13 season opener ; that
way his 2010 salary wouldn ' t be fully
Ryan ' s preference would be to ink Thomas , who
was released by the Patriots in April, before
Thursday ' s preseason finale against the Eagles
in Philadelphia "to give him a shot and
opportunity to see if he was the same kind of
player . Would have made the decision really
However, that apparently will have to wait . In
the meantime , the Jets continue to say what
they have is good enough to get the job done
and be among the league ' s elite defenses again
in 2010 - with or without two key cogs in Pace
and Revis .
"Oh yeah , " linebacker Bryan Thomas said . "I
know that Rex is going to pick the best roster to
put out there to make this thing happen. So
when one guys goes down, the next guy just has
to step up and keep the ball rolling . You can' t
say , ' OK , we are going to put the season on
pause because one guy goes out .' The next guy
just has to step up and keep the ball rolling
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