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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