Bob Sutton. Coach Sutton served more than a decade in New York with the Jets under four different Head Coaches. Eric Mangini promoted Sutton to Defensive Coordinator when he became the Head Coach in 2006. The 2006 NY Jets finished 6th in the NFL in Scoring Defense after the 2005 Defense under Head Coach Herm Edwards finished 23rd. The 2006 Jets were a 4-3 Defense and then the Jets converted to a 3-4 defense under Mangini and Sutton in 2007. In 2007, during the transition to the 3-4 the Defense fell to 19th and the 2008 team finished 18th in Scoring Defense.
The Jets decided to Change Head Coach in 2009 with Rex Ryan. Rex brought his Defense and a New Defensive Coordinator in Mike Pettine. Bob Sutton was demoted to Linebackers Coach. That does not happen often in the NFL.
Hence, The Caveat. Bob Sutton has coached the 4-3, the traditional 3-4, and Rex Ryan's 4-6 style defenses in the last 7 years. We have no clue exactly what Bob Sutton's Defense will be in 2013.
What does Bob plan to do?
From www.kansascity.com interview link
"One of the most important things in coaching is figure out who you are and not who you want to be. We have to take advantage of the talent in place and try to use that as a starting point. You don’t have to junk the system but slant it or tilt it in the direction of your strengths."
Sutton said he went through a similar transition with the Jets when Rex Ryan took over as head coach.
"We were the exact same defense they played here the last couple of years under Romeo (Crennel). It’s a great system of defense, the true 3-4. When Rex came into the Jets, it had many similarities to this, but has a little more multiple and more schematically how we lined up. A lot of the principles stayed the same in how our up-front players attacked blockers. It’s got to be tailored to the personnel here. It’s 3-4 based, but more multiple (looks) than what I had done in New York or what Romeo ran here.
What has Bob Sutton been doing recently in New York under Mike Pettine and Rex Ryan?
The Jets have been versatile defensively under Rex Ryan, but Pro Football Focus editor Mike Clay breaks down the defensive snap percentages of every team in the NFL by personnel grouping, and in doing so, he reveals exactly how versatile they've been.
Per Clay's charts, the Jets were only in the base 3-4 for 37 percent of their defensive snaps, but they were in their sub package 55 percent of the time ("other" packages accounted for seven percent).
That's significant because the average team was in its base defense 45 percent of the time. The Jets were nowhere near the lowest percentage of snaps in their base defense (the New York Giants played just 22 percent of defensive snaps in their base 4-3 package).
With the addition of defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, one aspect of the defense that could be impacted is the use of three- or four-man fronts. The Jets have the flexibility with their personnel to execute either look effectively, with physical guys who can dominate one-on-one matchups. We know how much Rex Ryan loves creating one-on-one situations.From a Bleacher report article in early 2012
Dunbar said the following, per Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger:
We're going to play a lot of that 46 defense. You get in that 46 defense, you're going to get a lot of one-on-one blocks, and when we put athletic guys on the field, bad things happen for the offense.
It would be interesting to see what the fronts looked like when the Jets ran just three defensive backs out there, but the Jets have the personnel to mix it up often, and that could be one of their biggest strengths in 2012.
Contained in that article was information from ProFootballFocus gleaned from the 2011 Season.
They go with seven backs on 17 [percent] of their plays, which is 15 percentage points higher than the next closest team. In fact, of the 250 snaps where seven or more defensive backs were on the field across the entire NFL in 2011, the Jets were responsible for 169 (68 percent).The Kansas City Chiefs just added two Cornerbacks and a Safety without losing any existing Secondary players in the process. Interesting to look at what the Jets did in 2012 with so many Defnsive Backs.
David Harris played that position for the Jets. E is what? A blitzing LInebacker or Pass Rush End.
The Caveat again, Who knows if we will use 7 DB's 17% of our Defensive snaps or the Base 3-4 for only 37% of those same snaps.