If you think about the Jets, back before the butt fumble, before last season’s repeated embarrassments and foibles, and even before they drafted Geno Smith to either replace or supplement Mark Sanchez (depending upon whom you ask), the team was all about defense. Say what you want about Rex Ryan (he certainly would if he were in your shoes), but the man knows how to coach that side of the ball — and when he has talented individual players like defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, the Jets’ defense can be downright scary. The 2011 first-round pick out of Temple University is an absolute terror on opposing offenses, and having someone who can get to the quarterback gives that Ryan defense the chance to hum. And when they’re doing their job, the rest of the team can settle down and actually start winning games. You know, for old time’s sake.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013