Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jets' Chaotic Defenses Will Test Jaguars; New York's Second-Ranked Defense Aims to Wreak Havoc on Sunday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jets' Chaotic Defenses Will Test Jaguars; New York's Second-Ranked Defense Aims to Wreak Havoc on Sunday

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

Five-, six-, seven- defensive backs packages, in addition to exotic blitzes that seem to come from everywhere.

If quarterback David Garrard isn't careful, a strength-and-conditioning coach or water boy might come off the edge and clock him.

That's what the Jaguars must be prepare for when they face the New York Jets and NFL's second-ranked defense on Sunday.

Jets coach Rex Ryan isn't shy about divulging his overall plan.

"You'll see when you play us that we'll be a team that will pressure your quarterback," he said. "Whether we get sacks sometimes isn't the important thing."

Some of the game-changing characteristics of the Jets' defense:

- Opposing quarterbacks have combined for a low 65.4 passer rating, throwing more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (5).

- The Jets haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher, 100-yard receiver or 300-yard passer this season (the only team in the NFL to accomplish that).

- Jets opponents are averaging 11.5 points per game, which makes the unit best in the league in terms of points allowed.

"When you've got a head coach like they do who also runs their defense and tries to use [it] as an offense, that presents problems," Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. "He's going to give you some exotic looks that you don't see every week. He's willing to do some things that a lot of defensive coordinators aren't. Even against the best quarterbacks in the league, they give them problems."

Garrard must be jumping for joy.

Like most quarterbacks, he doesn't perform as well under pressure. It's no coincidence that three of the team's four losses (each of the blowout defeats) were in games in which Garrard was sacked three times or more.

Since 2007, the Jaguars are 4-14 when opponents sack Garrard three times or more.

"I call it 'total chaos,' " Garrard said of the Jets defense. "They understand what they're doing and we have to make sure we do things a little more simple to make sure the protection is there. When this guy didn't quite hear a call and now he's doing his own thing [when] I was counting on him to do this, that's when you really get into trouble. …

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