Childress Wary Of Jets 'D' & Returning Stars

Vikings head coach Brad Childress acknowledged that his team faces a formidable defense on Monday night in the Jets.

Florham Park, NJ – Monday night's opponent for the Jets is wary of what their hosts offer in terms of being an aggressive defensive unit and Minnesota is doing their best to prepare for it. Last year, the Jets blitzed their way to being the top defensive unit in the league. It has been a slower start this season but a defense that returns both Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis from injury this week has Vikings head coach Brad Childress in overdrive in terms of game prep.

Childress can point towards similarities between a Baltimore defense that Minnesota played last year and the Jets defense they face in Week 5. Jets head coach Rex Ryan served as an assistant coach with the Ravens for a number of years and left his role as defensive coordinator at the end of the 2008 season to take the job in New York.

"I think Rex's scheme is extremely innovative. I think it's got a lot of the principles of the Baltimore Ravens that we played last year with probably a little bit more volume to it," Childress said on Thursday. "It does present problems. You have to be about your homework because sometimes people are going to come free and the quarterback needs to know who is blocked and who is not."

The Jets are currently ranked 13th overall in total defense and with eight sacks, they are on pace to equal their tally of 32 sacks a season ago. Childress fully expects Pace, who will be making his season debut following an ankle injury suffered in preseason, and Revis, who pulled up lame with a hamstring pull in Week 2 against New England, to be on the field.

The Vikings coach sees Pace and Revis making an instant impact.

"Calvin Pace coming off the edge and I expect to see Revis - I don't know if anything changes appreciably with him in there aside from the fact that he is a shut down corner," Childress said. "They usually try to use him as an eraser and say, "Follow this guy around and take him out of the game."


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