There was much change on the Green & White depth chart this offseason and preseason. But one thing the Jets and their followers knew, despite John Idzik's "competition through and through" mantra, was that there was probably going to be a Cro at right cornerback and a Landry at safety.
"Let's see ... you've got Megatron vs. the Megacorner," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "You've got a freak at wideout and a freak at corner, so that's going to be fun to watch.''
Cromartie is more focused on himself, not worrying about this matchup or on going forward without his fellow corner, Revis.
"Even if he was still here, it wouldn’t differ," Cromartie said of his role. "My thing is just to be the leader I can be and be vocal with the young guys and make sure they understand what we are trying to do on the back end. You know, just try to be more consistent in what I’m doing and also for the other guys to be more consistent also."
Cro thinks the defense's consistency is moving forward, in part because of that always crucial relationship between front end and back end.
"I think honestly we’re coming together pretty well," he said. "When you add our front seven, the physicality of what our front seven is doing, I think we’re probably going to have one of the best front sevens. We added a guy,
New Landry in the Deep Middle
Besides Megacorner in the Jets secondary, there's also Mentor. That's one of the names teammates have bestowed on Landry, who came in from Baltimore, where he played in Ryan's and Dennis Thurman's system, following his younger brother, LaRon, who played for the Jets for a year before moving on to Indianapolis.
"Everything's a work in progress," Dawan said. "With the scheme I played with Rex and DT in Baltimore, I have some knowledge of the system. I'm just making sure I'm getting on the same page with the guys, communicating, talking about things before they happen, just playing fast."
His new teammates say that's being accomplished.
"I feel like Dawan knows what the offense is going to do before they even know what they're going to do," CB
Dawan Landry is not the same player LaRon is, but the two are brothers, after all, and Dawan said he talked to LaRon about coming to the Jets before the start of last year's unrestricted free agency period.
"Rex is definitely a players' coach, and I knew I had a lot of success in Baltimore and I knew he'd do the same with the Jets," Dawan said. "He wasn't really reluctant, but I just wanted to see him have some fun like I had. He came up here and he loved it. Everything else worked out for the best."
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