David Harris isn’t one to be outspoken, so when he says that the Jets are going to be bringing the blitz in 2013, believe it.
This from Rich Cimini’s Sunday notes on ESPN NY:
“We’re going to do a lot of blitzing and getting after people,” LB David Harris told me the other day. “There should be a different brand of football than you were used to seeing the last couple of years.” Asked about last season’s philosophy, Harris said, “We played more coverage. It wasn’t like ’09, that’s obvious. That’s all I’ll say about that.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comMost likely, David Harris wouldn’t say more because he didn’t want to say anything bad about his former DC Mike Pettine. In my opinion, there’s a few reasons why the Jets will blitz more in 2013. First, Rex loves to blitz more than Pettine. When Rex was in charge of the defense in 2009 the group blitzed much more often. Over time, they blitzed less as Pettine took more control. Second, they don’t have Darrelle Revis. This is no slight to Cromartie, who has stepped in ably as the team’s top corner when Revis couldn’t play, but the more they rush the passer, the less time there is for coverage to break down in the secondary … which I think has more to do with the uncertainty at the safety spot coupled with the lack of Revis than anything else. Third, they have a re-charged defensive line. In 2009 their defensive front consisted of Shaun Ellis, Sione Pouha and Marques Douglas with Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas as the OLBs. In 2013, they will have Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis and Sheldon Richardson with Quinton Coples and Barnes/Sapp as the OLBs. The 2013 group is much younger and is a group who can pressure the passer.