NY Jets RB Joe McKnight will play some cornerback to help fill the void left by Darrelle Revis' season-ending knee injury
McKnight played defensive back in high school before USC's Pete Carroll's made him a full-time running back.
By Manish Mehta / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 12:11 AM
Three days after losing the best cornerback in the league, Rex Ryan made it clear that the Jets haven’t flat-lined just because Darrelle Revis suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday’s win against the Dolphins.
But Gang Green’s defense, constructed around Revis’ cover ability, will change.
Although Ryan didn’t reveal the specific alterations, this much is clear: Without Superman in the secondary, the Jets will take more gambles to create pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
“You want to keep people off balance,” Ryan said on Wednesday. “Sometimes you pressure when they think you’ll (drop players into coverage). Sometimes, you cover when they think you’re going to pressure . . . where you give simulated pressure. That’s what we always do. But that’s certainly a possibility that we could be more aggressive.”
Running back Joe McKnight’s conversion to cornerback is one of the new wrinkles, but Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will also have to find a way to breathe life into a struggling run defense that ranks 29th (148.7 yards per game). The Jets, who are 21st in total defense, give up 4.6 yards per rush (27th).
“It makes you kind of angry a little bit,” linebacker David Harris said. “We know that we’re a better defense than that.”
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