Statistical fodder as the draft approaches

March, 18, 2011
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Despite a so-so pass rush, despite Darrelle Revis' early-season hamstring injury, despite the shuffling at safety and despite a non-descript season from CB Kyle Wilson (No. 1 pick), the Jets still fared well on pass defense in 2010 -- and yet there's a good chance they will use their first pick (30th overall) on a pass rusher.

What gives? There's a lot of truth to what ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said the other day, claiming the Jets' defensive success is based on "smoke and mirrors." Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine and their staff do a fantastic job of scheming, putting the players in position to make plays. Remember, the Jets had only one Pro Bowl player on defense -- Revis.

But you can't argue with the results. Check out this nugget, courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information:

Jets Pass Defense vs Passes 11+ Yards


Category --- NFL Rank

Comp pct -- 38.7 -- 1st

Yards/att -- 8.2 -- 1st

1st down pct -- 36.3 -- 1st

Passer rtg -- 70.4 -- 9th

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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