Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/8/12
The emergence of so many young quarterbacks in recent years has turned the National Football League into a "passing league".Or so say the experts and media outlets who cover the sport.Recent years have also shown that it is possible for teams with weak defenses to not only make it to the Super Bowl, but win it. Sometimes it seems like I'm watching the "Bizarro" NFL.Jets coach Rex Ryan has spent a great deal of time this season 'gushing' over his opponents.Almost as if he is employing a "kill 'em with kindness" strategy. The problem is, teams that play against New York don't need bulletin-board material to get fired up.They just need to look at the numbers, the statistics and the rankings.Despite Rex Ryan's best efforts to mold the Jets into his image of a "ground and pound" team, New York is ranked near the bottom of the league in some major categories. Perhaps most importantly, the Jets are currently 29th in the league in defending against the run. A far cry from the stout defenses...
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