Edwards's obsession with annually revamping the defensive line has left the defense with a shiny new coat of pass rushers (average age of 25) atop an aging engine of linebackers and defensive backs (average age of 29). Consequently, while Gang Green was able to register four sacks against the Redskins, Washington quarterback Patrick Ramsey still found a way to complete 74 percent of his passes and elude the linebacking corps for a game-clinching 24-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell has plugged similar leaks before, but it may be too much to expect that the Jets can recover again from a defensive performance that allowed an average of 405 yards a game last year during the team's 2-5 start.

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