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Defense Provided the On-Field Fireworks

Posted Aug 3, 2014

Offense Struggled but Remains Upbeat Following This Year's Green & White Practice

Defensive dominance has been the driving force behind the Jets’ success since head coach Rex Ryan arrived in 2009, and if the Green & White practice at SUNY Cortland on Saturday night is any indication, the 2014 season will be no different.

The Jets’ defense kept the team’s new-look offense contained for the vast majority of the 12-possession practice, giving up only two field goals and recording seven sacks on the Jets’ four quarterbacks.

“I was happy with the way our defense tackled,” said Ryan. “Most of the time when you start your first real live tackling you have a lot of missed tackles, but I don’t think that was the case today.”

The Jets’ front seven controlled the line of scrimmage, holding all running backs to 49 yards on 27 carries. The offense was led in rushing by QB Michael Vick, who had two scrambles for 35 yards.

"We executed," said DT Sheldon Richardson. "We got our game plan from the ones to the threes that we executed. Couldn't ask for more."

“I felt like the defense went out and executed, did our job,” said second-year linebacker Troy Davis, who was one of seven defenders to record a sack. “I can’t say that we outperformed anyone. The offense made plays, the defense made plays, and that’s all we came out here to do.”

The offense was led by wide receiver Greg Salas, who caught five passes for 54 yards, three of the receptions for first downs.

“It’s good to go against a top defense in the NFL to improve ourselves,” said Salas, the fourth-year pro out of Hawai‘i who caught eight passes for the Jets in 2013 after being signed in October. “We just need to keep building and going against them every day in practice, and I think we’ll work the kinks out and be able to move the ball pretty efficiently.”

“It was a good day for the defense. They look very solid, they looked very sharp, and we’re still kind of lagging behind,” said right guard Willie Colon, who came off the Active/PUP list from his offseason knee injury last week. “It’s just a matter of details and playing hard and doing all the things we need to do to make it happen out there.”

While the offense struggled at times over the course of the evening, Ryan found reasons to be encouraged by a unit that is clearly still integrating a number of new weapons acquired in the offseason.

“I just think we’ve got to keep progressing and I think we will. I thought we ran the ball at times effectively and some of the times I thought we threw it well,” said Ryan. “Just put it together, keep working and I think good things will happen for us.”

The Jets players and coaches were impressed by the support of the 7,129 fans in attendance at Cortland Stadium.

“More people showed up than I thought,” said Davis. “It’s a great way to come in with the Green & White, and it’s just a little taste of what’s going to happen at MetLife Stadium with all the fans. Overall I thought it was great.”







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