Jets plan on using more 4-3 defense

Friday June 15th, 2012

The Jets plan on using the 4-3 defense more to stop spread offenses in the division. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have used a 3-4 defense for much of the past decade, but because offenses are constantly evolving, the team's defensive coaches want to go to a 4-3 base because of the spread offenses, especially in the AFC East.

"We might not play a snap of base defense in a division game this year," Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine told the New York Daily News. "If it's five snaps a game, that's probably a lot."

Using a 4-3 defense will make for a more aggressive gameplan and puts more of a focus on stopping the pass than the run. In three seasons under head coach Rex Ryan, the Jets finished 18th, seventh and 17th in the league in sacks.

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