Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Dilfer: Jets' defense is 'smoke and mirrors'
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan's pride and joy has been -- and probably always will be -- his defense.
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer hasn't been too impressed lately.
For an installment of a "SportsCenter" series on team-by-team draft needs, Dilfer stressed the Jets have too many holes to warrant Ryan shooting off his mouth with Super Bowl guarantees.
"It's smoke and mirrors," Dilfer said. "It is bells and whistles. They will not be a great defense until they get some dynamic play out of their front three in that 3-4 defense. They must, must identify their bigs on the defensive front before they become great and before they can fulfill this promise of winning the Super Bowl."
The roundtable discussion also included ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen and draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.
Mortensen noted Ryan is desperately missing a Terrell Suggs-type outside linebacker like he had with the Baltimore Ravens and claimed the Jets are "tricking [the defense] up so much it catches up to them at some point."
Kiper suggested the Jets draft UCLA safety Rahim Moore because they need a free safety. Kiper considers Moore the best safety in this year's draft class, with a big drop in quality to the next prospect.