Jets Looking To Get Defensive

Highly rated a season ago, the Jets defense failed to show up on Sunday, prompting head coach Rex Ryan to roll up his sleeves this week.

The Jets defense hit the practice field on Thursday four days after getting hammered in Sunday's 38-34 loss in Chicago. All told, a defense that last year was ranked tops in the NFL gave up over 300 yards of total offense, conceded its first 100 yard rushing effort of the season to Matt Forte and allowed Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to throw three touchdown passes. A defense that was feared in preseason got schooled at Soldier Field and had some homework to do this week from head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Class was in session and the lesson was simple: back to basics.

"We summarized some of the mistakes and when the mistakes start to show up as things that are from Jets defense 101 as opposed to 401, that's when you need to go back and make sure. Sometimes as a coach, when you think guys know, you have to make sure," Pettine said. "That's one of those things where we thought this week was a good week to do it. It was necessary, so we took some of the time that we normally would have spent either reviewing a script or maybe going over something new and (revisited) our core fundamentals."

Ryan even sat in on the meetings, something he rarely does, and he presented some of the core material to the team. The Jets were embarrassed by Chicago's offense last Sunday and conceded two long scoring drives – and nearly a third touchdown drive – in the gritty win over Pittsburgh two weeks ago. A defense in search of an identity now is finding it at its core.

"Almost went back to minicamp-type things. I want them to understand the importance of what we're talking about," Ryan said. "These are things that we've talked about since Day One since we've been here. They had to listen to me for an hour going over base calls that they know."

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