FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. When the Falcons host the New York Jets Monday, the game, in some ways, will serve as a tale of two linebacking corps.
The Jets, whose starting group is comprised of Quinton Coples, Demario Davis, David Harris and Calvin Pace, are part of the NFL's No. 2 defense, which also ranks third in sacks.
Pace, the 11-year veteran, has 2.5 sacks while Davis and Harris each have one.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan threw verbal bouquets at each player on Thursday as did Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
Rex Ryan called Harris "one of the most underrated middle linebackers in football" and Davis "one of the fastest linebackers in the league."
With seven new starters, the Jets defense's performance has improved over last year's disappointing output.
"I think when you put the Jet decal on, there's certain expectations and accountability that comes with it when youre playing on defense," Rex Ryan said, "and thats something we've always prided ourselves on."
Said Matt Ryan: "The...