Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 5/18/12

According to Jets’ defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, the Jets will be using 46 fronts “as much as we can” this season. This makes a lot of sense. The credited inventor of the 46 front is Buddy Ryan, father of Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, and the Jets already use more 46 fronts than almost any team in the league. However, it sounds like Rex wants to use more.

The 46 front is essentially a mix of the 3-4 and the 4-3 schemes. It has 3 down lineman, 3 linebackers, a box safety, and a hybrid defensive end/linebacker rushing off the edge normally from a 2 point stance. The natural fit for the Jets’ personnel in this scheme would be to put Muhammad Wilkerson and Sione Pouha as the two defensive tackles inside, put Quinton Coples at 5-technique left end, rush Calvin Pace off the edge, and have Bart Scott, David Harris and either Aaron Maybin or rookie 3rd round pick Demario Davis as the 3 linebackers. Safety LaRon Landry would be the best fit as the box safety.

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