Vilma hopes to rebound from one tackle outing

Jets starting linebacker Jonathan Vilma finished with one tackle against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.

He's clearly struggling with the new system.

"It's a little different, it just takes time to get used to and I'm getting used to it," said Vilma. "As the season goes, I've gotten better at it. As a unit, we've gotten better at it. For us, it would be good to come back next year and keep improving.

But he's probably a better fit for a 4-3.

"I got up on him a couple of times," Bills left tackle Jason Peters told Jets Confidential. "He doesn't like it when somebody gets up on him and blocks him. He's more of a sideline-to-sideline, fill-the-gap type of guy. He's more of a 4-3 guy. The 3-4, I don't know. It's going to be hard for him to make plays in the 3-4."

Vilma has not expressed any concerns to the coaches about the 3-4 system.

"It is what it is. I'm not the defensive coordinator and I'm not the coach. I'm the player, and I do what I'm coached to do," said Vilma.

Vilma and the Jets run defense, which has struggled most of the year, better get their act together this week against a Minnesota running game that can be very explosive.

"They can run the ball; of course, Chester Taylor and their back-up Artose Pinner are two very good running backs," said Vilma. "Their offensive line is very good, especially on the left side and they have an experienced quarterback, so that always creates problems."


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