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Friday, December 10, 2010
Pressure is on Jets to get after QBs


Mark Schlereth isn't just another pretty TV face. He played guard for 12 NFL seasons, won two Super Bowls and made a couple of Pro Bowls.

He knows a little something about the importance of a pass rush. Yet when he watches the New York Jets play, he doesn't see much for opposing offenses to worry about.

The Jets managed to sack Tom Brady three times Monday night, but they generally failed to disrupt him. The Jets didn't hit Brady once other than those sacks, and the New England Patriots' quarterback had a monster game: 326 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

Schlereth notes a lack of pressure is a major concern for the Jets, who will try to rebound Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands.

"The one thing I look at with this Jets football team: defensive pressure," Schlereth said. "You're a blitz team. You don't have anybody on your front three, front four, your linebacking corps that are great one-on-one pass-rushers. So you have to create pressure with your blitz.

"They're going to have to do a much better job from timing and execution for getting guys to the opponent's quarterback. Last week against the Patriots they were late, they were late on the execution of the blitz and they did not pressure Tom Brady. If they don't pressure, they don't win."

Rex Ryan has a reputation for his aggressive, mayhem-making defenses. But the Jets are tied for 12th in the league with 27 sacks.

Jason Taylor leads the Jets with four sacks, which is tied for 49th in the NFL. Taylor barely got on the field against the Patriots even though no active player has sacked Brady more often. Taylor has sacked Brady 10.5 times, second only to Aaron Schobel's dozen.

Calvin Pace and Shaun Ellis each have 3.5 sacks. David Harris, Bryan Thomas and James Ihedigbo have three sacks apiece, but Ihedigbo is out with ankle and knee injuries.