After their performance last week Todd Bowles made a point to chew out his defensive line in order to light a fire under them for the Oakland game. It looks like Bowles will have to try something else because for a second straight week the biggest strength of the New York Jets was an embarrassment.
The unit failed to sack the quarterback and barely put any pressure on Derek Carr. While this unit has occasionally struggled to get to the quarterback, they could have at least hung their hat on stripping the run. My how that has changed.
After being gashed by LeSean McCoy in the season opener, the Jets allowed 180 yards rushing to the Raiders with the silver in black averaging 6.7 yards per carry. You heard that right, almost seven yards a carry.
While this defense has been put in a difficult position in 2017, it’s been embarrassing to see this unit led by Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson not only fail to get to the quarterback, but have been a sieve rather than a defensive wall when it comes to stopping the running game.
The defensive line has been the biggest disappointment so far this season.