In Jets’ coach Rex Ryan’s news conference after the Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football America, 31-23, Ryan said he was happy with the win, but that the play of the defense ‘hurt his pride.’ The Jets gave up over 400 yards of total offense and over 350 yards passing to Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne. That’s not to say the Jets have been awful on defense. They have allowed only 47 points in 3 games for an average of 15.67 pts a game–a number they should be able to win with.
Still, the Jets have allowed 3 100 yard receivers against them in three games, and they aren’t getting to the quarterback all that much. Enter Trevor Pryce, who led the Ravens in sacks last year with 6.5, and who is third in sacks amongst active players. And let’s not forget that Pryce put up 13 sacks for Ryan in 2006 when Ryan still served as the Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator. The Ravens released Pryce earlier in the week, despite Pryce being a starter for Baltimore at end. Though the Ravens said they intended to re-sign Pryce, they never got the opportunity. As soon as the Jets heard of his release, they pounced on Pryce, to the delight of Ryan and former Ravens Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard.
When asked if Pryce, a 14 year NFL veteran had any juice left, the loquacious linebacker replied that Pryce had “more juice than Tropicana.” Scott also insinuated that several other Ravens must be jealous that Pryce found his way to the Jets.
Pryce’s career stats:
Now let’s be real. The Jets picked up a 35 year old pass rusher. Again (recall Jason Taylor). But Taylor, a former arch rival, has earned his wings with big hits on Tom Brady and Chad Henne in successive weeks. Like Taylor, Pryce represents an upgrade at end opposite Sean Ellis. Vernon Gholston, still looking like a bust from here, has yet to register an NFL sack, despite a few near misses. The Jets are missing three prominent players on defense–their best player, Darrelle Revis, behemoth Kris Jenkins (out for the year, and possibly his career), and top pass rusher Calvin Pace. Pryce brings a much needed boost to a squad that could have Revis and Pace back next week for the Vikings on Monday night football, or, the Jets could choose to sit both again, with the bye coming up after Minnesota, which would give the Jets a very healthy squad, hopefully, from then forward.
As for tomorrow in Buffalo, Pryce is definitely what the doctor ordered. Pryce was given a playbook by the Jets upon arrival, but he doesn’t really need it because the Jets and Ravens run the same defense. So much for Pryce taking his kids to Six Flags this weekend. That was what he had planned, but when Ryan heard about the trip, he informed Pryce he would be in several pass rushing packages versus Buffalo.
Great news. an upgrade is an upgrade. Too bad we’ll have to look at Drew Coleman in the starting lineup, who is perhaps the worst corner in the AFC East–but Pryce’s addition almost makes the Coleman thing acceptible. I look for the Jets to notch a big win in Orchard Park tomorrow, and would like nothing more than to see Pryce contribute to the victory, which means pain for Bills’ new starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
As for Kyle Wilson, who has struggled mightily, we are still very upset that the Jets did not use the 28th pick on Chiefs’ rising star Dexter McCluster.