Defense not up to Green standards

August, 18, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets defense did not meet Rex Ryan’s standards in the second preseason game of the year, a 37-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium.

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AP Photo/John MinchilloThe Jets' first-team defense struggled in the first half against the Jaguars.
"Our defensive intensity in the first half I thought [was] not to Jets standards, to New York Jets standards certainly," Ryan said. "The poor tackling -- you can tell when the intensity is there, you’re going to tackle, you’re going to run to the ball, you’re going to do all those things that epitomize the New York Jets defense -- and, quite honestly, we struggled with that."

The Jaguars had 12 first downs in the first half and were able to go 80 yards on seven plays to score a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The offense, with Blaine Gabbert under center, played an up-tempo game that caught the Jets defense off balance.

"They kept drives alive on us," safety Dawan Landry said.

"If that was a real game, that’ll get you beat," LB Calvin Pace said. "Again, this is a learning experience. I’m pretty sure there are going to be some F-bombs thrown around on Monday."

Ryan was angry when he came off the field at the end of the first half and challenged his squad to do better. DE Kenrick Ellis was not active with a back issue, and OLB Quinton Coples left in the second quarter with a hairline fracture of his ankle.

There has been a lot of turnover on defense, and rookie CB Dee Milliner -- tapped to start the opener -- has not been as aggressive as Ryan would like. LB David Harris struggled in coverage as well.

"I didn’t like the way we competed and challenged on the outside -- not so much [Antonio] Cromartie, but from Dee [Milliner]," Ryan said. "When we call on him, I want him to get up there. Let’s go. Let’s play."
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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