Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/19/13
The New York Jets have officially signed outside linebacker Antwan Barnes away from the San Diego Chargers, hoping he can regain his 2011 form when he recorded 11 sacks. Antwan Barnes is familiar with Rex Ryan and his defense, having played for Rex Ryan with the Baltimore Ravens in 2007 and 2008. Rex Ryan has done well with former players that he has hand-picked to bring to the Jets, including Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard. Rex Ryan also took on a project pass rusher in Aaron Maybin and got a positive return on his investment. Since the arrival of Rex Ryan in 2009, the New York Jets just haven’t had the front seven talent to create a formidable pass rush. Rex Ryan has been forced to resort to exotic pressure packages to get after opposing quarterbacks, leaving the team in some vulnerable coverages on the back end which has resulted in some big plays given up. The quality of the the secondary throughout Rex Ryan tenure, especially at cornerback, has helped the situation, but that could...
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