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2011 Final NFL Passing Defense Efficiency Rankings
New York Jets Salary Cap Page

Final NFL Passing Defense Efficiency

Hopefully things get more positive for the Jets once we move on to the defensive side of things. The team ranked third in completion percentage just slightly behind the Raiders and about 3% less than the Texans. The Colts were the swiss cheese secondary of the year and by a wide margin. The Jets battles with some big plays is why they fell down to 5th in YPA, trailing the Steelers by about 9%. That stat is much better pointed out with the terrible finish in YPC. In terms of YPC the Jets were below average in 2011, allowing teams 2.07% more than their averages, which was good for only 22nd in the NFL. So when teams were completing they were completing big passes and I believe very few of those were against the two guys on the outside.

The Jets were the second best team in the NFL at defending the end zone in the air holding teams to a ridiculous 34% below their norm. Rexís old team the Ravens were best in that category, but incredibly aided by playing a schedule that was far below average in scoring through the passing game. The team finished 8th in interceptions, but actually seemed to tail off after a fast start. Green Bay was the best in that regard which is why their statistically poor defense usually got the job done. It also helps when you know what is coming and the Packers often did. The 20 yard plays saw the Jets finish 4th behind the Steelers, Bears, and Lions. The Patriots were worst by a staggering 13%. That still drives me crazy that we did nothing against that team offensively.

40 yard plays were a disaster. We allowed 13.4% more than average to ranks 21st in the NFL. A team that creates no big plays on offense and allows a lot of them on defense is a recipe for an 8-8 or worse finish. The Jets were 12th in sacks but there was a pretty big drop between the number 11 team, the Rams, and the Jets. The Jets are sorely lacking in the personnel in that department, but that may be the tradeoff you have when you invest so heavy in corners.

When you look at the adjusted stats the Jets jump to 2nd in comp. %, 3rd in YPA, 16th in YPC, 3rd in 20 yard plays per attempt, and 8th in sacks per attempt. They fell to 12th in picks.

The glaring issue is the big plays. When you have that kind of money invested in corners you cant have big plays being allowed the way the Jets are. That comes down to well below average play from the safeties and something needs to change there. Revis Island is great but his millions go for nothing when Eric Smith allows a 70 yard pass to some tight end every other week. Teams donít like to throw on the Jets but those big plays turn the Jets from what would be far and away the best pass defense to a really good pass defense.

I also see interceptions as a concern. Its too low. Again safeties with range probably up that number, but the Jets need their other DBs to pick up some slack in that category as well. They are getting opportunities and have to make those plays happen. That helps a bad offense. The other issue may be finding a pass rusher. In terms of scheme the Jets have to be the best in the NFL. The reason I say this is because they finish 8th in adjusted sacks and they have no premier pass rusher on the team. Now I understand that those players might cost too much for their overall impact, and a team like the Vikings had a terrible pass defense despite an incredible sack total, but an upgrade in a mid tier rusher in the next two years would really have a big impact I think on the team.

Pass Defense Efficiency

Team Comp % YPA YPC TDA INTA 20/A 40A SA
Houston Texans  -13.48% -13.16% 0.37% -11.72% 13.87% -4.31% -31.41% 35.15%
Oakland Raiders  -10.89% -2.48% 9.43% 8.89% 3.79% -1.71% 6.98% -10.21%
New York Jets  -10.79% -8.94% 2.07% -34.19% 18.11% -17.19% 13.38% 6.93%
Baltimore Ravens  -8.12% -7.31% 0.88% -43.12% 6.24% -2.08% -4.36% 25.18%
Pittsburgh Steelers  -6.35% -17.34% -11.74% -20.35% -17.47% -24.93% -77.66% -6.41%
Kansas City Chiefs  -6.14% 1.93% 8.60% 6.53% 42.66% 21.24% -2.29% -8.31%
New Orleans Saints  -3.82% -1.39% 2.53% -9.58% -48.99% -16.11% 29.63% -17.04%
Cleveland Browns  -3.79% -1.65% 2.23% -2.64% -32.22% -0.25% 4.16% -9.21%
Philadelphia Eagles  -3.20% -2.81% 0.41% 25.70% -1.14% 6.77% 51.97% 36.88%
San Francisco 49ers  -2.50% -2.00% 0.51% -6.59% 37.60% -10.10% 20.65% -2.39%
Miami Dolphins  -2.04% -2.79% -0.77% -9.92% -16.10% 10.39% 0.00% 16.67%
Chicago Bears  -1.90% -10.22% -8.48% -33.13% 8.08% -24.57% -26.59% -21.07%
Atlanta Falcons  -1.68% -2.27% -0.60% -2.02% 15.83% 5.01% 26.98% -9.80%
St. Louis Rams  -0.51% -1.20% -0.70% -2.29% -9.18% 2.13% 31.84% 10.50%
New York Giants  -0.29% -0.59% -0.30% 1.68% 15.78% 1.14% -29.87% 14.73%
Arizona Cardinals  -0.11% -1.39% -1.28% -19.26% -35.34% 7.95% -22.87% -6.55%
Washington Redskins  0.52% 0.61% 0.09% -1.14% -15.10% 13.00% -3.21% 11.91%
Detroit Lions  1.25% -10.70% -11.80% -14.29% 20.24% -24.56% -16.67% -5.77%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers  1.33% 13.89% 12.39% 28.42% 14.05% 5.91% 37.83% -28.52%
Green Bay Packers  1.88% 11.62% 9.56% 3.66% 64.16% 19.27% -10.64% -34.53%
Seattle Seahawks  2.10% -0.68% -2.72% -10.87% 45.89% -15.39% 9.08% -21.52%
Cincinnati Bengals  2.32% 1.17% -1.13% 13.81% -30.98% 4.04% -16.72% 12.18%
Denver Broncos  2.55% -0.82% -3.28% -2.46% -48.79% -15.26% 34.95% 24.00%
Dallas Cowboys  3.16% 5.34% 2.11% 7.44% -15.51% 7.41% -5.80% 12.56%
New England Patriots  4.62% 13.88% 8.85% 0.97% 10.24% 34.73% -7.90% -4.14%
Jacksonville Jaguars  5.26% -3.31% -8.15% 1.57% 27.32% -7.81% -16.35% 5.18%
Buffalo Bills  5.36% 5.08% -0.26% 32.68% 32.14% -8.05% 22.80% -12.91%
Carolina Panthers  5.73% 19.25% 12.79% 24.64% -0.99% 18.29% 32.14% 0.87%
Tennessee Titans  5.92% -4.41% -9.75% -8.48% -34.59% 6.40% -56.84% -27.54%
San Diego Chargers  6.30% 13.72% 6.98% 36.43% 13.00% 18.71% 19.84% -7.66%
Minnesota Vikings  11.45% 4.83% -5.94% 26.44% -53.66% 1.06% 26.60% 42.95%
Indianapolis Colts  19.07% 10.63% -7.09% 27.32% -39.44% -0.48% -30.13% -2.44%

Pass Defense Efficiency, Adjusted

Team Comp % YPA YPC TDA INTA 20/A 40A SA
Houston Texans  -13.26% -9.42% 3.87% -0.48% 18.51% 3.76% -26.07% 46.52%
New York Jets  -12.00% -12.16% 0.06% -39.50% 9.09% -24.90% 12.10% 12.37%
Oakland Raiders  -11.59% -4.20% 8.40% -2.07% 4.64% -4.98% 7.36% -16.06%
Kansas City Chiefs  -6.55% -1.22% 5.84% -4.86% 36.56% 16.13% -7.28% -10.34%
Baltimore Ravens  -5.65% -1.14% 4.64% -27.79% 15.55% 5.57% 4.61% 20.21%
Chicago Bears  -4.91% -16.56% -11.74% -55.25% 7.31% -32.84% -39.72% -18.11%
Atlanta Falcons  -4.48% -4.78% -0.34% -8.75% 15.18% 4.85% 28.73% -5.49%
New Orleans Saints  -3.92% -1.17% 2.81% -8.90% -45.84% -14.25% 29.19% -10.10%
Pittsburgh Steelers  -3.28% -10.40% -7.77% -3.57% -3.87% -14.80% -75.99% -9.76%
Philadelphia Eagles  -3.13% -2.79% 0.32% 28.58% -1.79% 5.98% 55.82% 33.60%
Miami Dolphins  -2.85% -5.93% -3.11% -15.69% -27.17% 8.65% 1.32% 29.42%
New York Giants  -2.61% -3.90% -1.29% -7.84% 15.01% -4.80% -28.54% 10.68%
St. Louis Rams  -1.80% -3.50% -1.72% -6.31% -2.98% -2.13% 22.34% 3.70%
Cleveland Browns  -1.55% 3.30% 4.97% 15.29% -29.49% 3.08% 8.81% -19.29%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers  -1.47% 10.72% 12.00% 14.66% 26.36% 2.69% 32.45% -26.49%
Detroit Lions  -1.10% -15.95% -14.66% -31.92% 20.88% -30.74% -20.79% -11.28%
San Francisco 49ers  -0.70% 1.52% 2.24% 6.79% 38.41% -7.08% 20.64% -11.24%
Washington Redskins  0.30% -2.20% -2.53% -3.55% -18.46% 6.94% -9.57% 6.49%
Denver Broncos  1.31% -4.46% -5.68% -10.38% -61.87% -22.19% 29.92% 33.30%
Green Bay Packers  1.84% 11.66% 9.61% 0.79% 62.30% 20.99% -12.92% -36.38%
Arizona Cardinals  1.86% 2.52% 0.67% -4.59% -27.27% 10.19% -14.29% -20.43%
Carolina Panthers  3.55% 19.11% 14.76% 17.25% -0.15% 23.93% 33.23% 9.01%
Dallas Cowboys  3.68% 4.51% 0.73% 11.44% -27.44% 5.00% -7.88% 12.27%
Jacksonville Jaguars  4.77% -3.12% -7.49% 7.17% 37.88% -3.44% -11.33% 21.02%
Seattle Seahawks  4.81% 2.67% -2.10% 2.02% 50.47% -13.82% 10.79% -34.95%
Buffalo Bills  5.31% 1.78% -3.55% 28.22% 29.57% -16.34% 19.93% -9.10%
New England Patriots  5.40% 15.01% 9.18% 3.53% -5.57% 35.10% 0.18% -2.87%
Cincinnati Bengals  6.03% 9.18% 3.31% 33.62% -23.34% 15.90% -7.52% 3.16%
Tennessee Titans  7.79% 0.40% -6.78% 0.57% -32.37% 16.08% -48.15% -23.31%
San Diego Chargers  8.35% 15.83% 7.02% 32.26% 4.86% 20.48% 18.21% -13.86%
Minnesota Vikings  9.56% -0.77% -9.61% 9.36% -63.92% -5.34% 15.48% 47.73%
Indianapolis Colts  19.53% 11.95% -6.26% 34.02% -31.52% 3.05% -31.54% 9.25%

 

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