Major changes needed at this position – it was a bad plan

There has been so much focus on the quarterbacks, but at this point . . .

the focus needs to go squarely on the Jets’ defense, which is the worst in the league.

Heck, it might not even matter who the quarterback is, because when you give up 45 points in each of the last two games, and 54 in another recent game, not many quarterbacks on the planet will be able to lead you to wins?

Yes, the Jets’ run defense isn’t very good, but it’s been good at times this season. The pass defense has been bad all year, and is the biggest problem with the 2021 New York Jets.

You might want to cut them a little slack at safety because they lost both veteran starters for the season. However, the plan at cornerback was ill-conceived.

Bryce Hall looks like he could be decent, but the rest of the players are a bunch of late-round picks and undrafted free agents, and there were reasons they were late-round picks and undrafted free agents. Now you know why there’s always a run on corners early in the draft, because guys with elite cover skills are pounced on by teams, hoping now to miss out on them, because it’s very hard to find answers later in the draft and with undrafted free agents.

Look, all these players are giving it their best shot, but it would be hard to find a scout, in the entire league, that would have told you, before the draft, that Brandon Echols was a rookie starting candidate. A sixth-round pick out of Kentucky, he was clearly a developmental prospect, maybe even a player who should have spent this season on the practice squad. To start him is unfair to him and the team.

And then to put him on an island against Stefon Diggs today, before Echols left the game with an injury, was patently unfair to the player.

So with all the Jets’ problems right now, you can put their pass defense at the top of the list, including a deep safety who doesn’t make plays on the ball.

In a passing league, when you play pass defense this bad, it’s hard to win games.

The Jets must have a better plan next off-season at cornerback.

Including not waiting until Day 3 of the draft to address the position.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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