David Harris disgusted by Jets defense

David Harris isn't happy with the Jets defensive effort against the Raiders

David Harris has watched the film. It wasn't easy, but he's done it. 

The Jets linebacker saw again every mental mistake made in the team's 34-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Every coverage breakdown, every missed tackle... everything. He watched, dumfounded, not recognizing the play of any of those on the field. Those couldn't be the Jets. Not this defense. 

"It was disgusting to look at," Harris said via teleconference on Monday. "Everybody in that room had the same feeling." 

Against Oakland, New York's top-ranked defense resembled nothing of the sort as Derek Carr and Co. made a mockery of the unit. The second-year quarterback finished 23-of-36 for 333 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Latavius Murray ran for 113 yards on the ground. Receiver Michael Crabtree caught seven passes for 102 yards. 

Oakland as a team gained 451 yards of total offense and scored touchdowns on its first three possessions. 

The Jets didn't force a turnover, nor did they record a sack. 

"We had way too many guys not hustling on every play and it hurt us," Harris said. "It alarms everybody. We know we're not that defense. You can believe that we'll get it corrected this week in practice and I think everybody will come out with a new focus this week."

One of the more alarming aspects in a game that had more red flags raised than yellow ones thrown was the Jets sudden inability to tackle. According to ProFootballFocus.com, the team missed 19. Three came on a 46-yard touchdown catch by Crabtree who appeared to be caught in between Antonio Cromartie and DeMario Davis, just to bounce off the two and waltz into the end zone. Four more came when Taiwan Jones caught a short pass and raced up the sideline for another long score. 

Multiple times, on countless occasions, the Jets defense seemed to have running back or wideout right where they wanted him, just to then have said player break through for additional yardage. 

"Some of those are just putting your head down, of over-running and things like that," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "We can clean that up and we will."

Harris echoed Bowles same statement that the tackling would be improved, going as far as to say he "promised" a performance like Sunday's would not occur again. But what exactly makes Harris so sure?

According to the veteran, it's his belief in the players in the Jets locker room. 

"I know what type of guys we have on this defense," Harris said. "We take pride in being a good defense here in New York. I know these guys well, I've been around them. 

"I know it won't happen again."


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and Scout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (connor_j_hughes@yahoo.com)

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