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Ryan Looks at Pressure to Relieve It

While most coaches would take a cautious approach in the wake of the loss of their best defender, Rex Ryan could get more aggressive.  While his former head coach Brian Billick explained to the New York Times that given a similar situation in 2007, he dropped his safeties into two-deep zone and it “killed him” to do it.  Now he’s the head coach and according to what he told reporters yesterday, he might not take the same path this time around.

Via Ben Shipgel of the New York Times.

Instead of taking a more conservative approach, as many would probably expect, Ryan said he might be more aggressive, mentioning how his father, Buddy, coached teams in Chicago that harassed quarterbacks despite an anonymous secondary.

In theory, that strategy makes sense: if the Jets feel exposed at cornerback, increasing their pressure would be a way of preventing the quarterback from dissecting the diminished secondary. In practice, the counterargument is fierce; the Jets, supported by three weeks of evidence, have struggled at generating a consistent pass rush, recording 3 sacks and 10 quarterback hits — 5 across their last two games.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The last part there is key.  To force a passer to make a quicker decision, the defense needs to generate effective pressure to force the the throw too early.  If Ryan can’t get his defensive front to get that pressure, then taking a more aggressive approach becomes a moot point.  The Jets must get penetration up front to allow ease the burden on the secondary.  So far the Jets haven’t been able to do that properly and any secondary without Darrelle Revis in the game is going to suffer for it.  With Darrelle, the Jets had the luxury of placing a lesser value on pressure.  Now more than ever it comes down to pressure.  Pressure on the quarterback and pressure on the coach.