Calvin Pace on Jets D: ‘We’re the best’
|07.28.14 at 5:48 pm ET|
Leave it to the Jets to make a Patriots off-day still worth paying attention to.
Jets linebacker Calvin Pace says his team’s defense is not only improved for 2014, but he insists it’s the best defense in football, not the defending champion Seahawks, not the vastly improved Patriots or Broncos or the young and hungry Bengals. The Jets.
“[Compared to] the rest of the defenses in the NFL? S—, man, we’re the best,” Pace told the New York Daily News. “You ask anybody around the league, we’re not the team you want to see coming in, even in a down year.”
Why would Pace make such a statement? He believes the basis of such confidence lies in his head coach Rex Ryan.
“There’s a certain type of aggression when we come [play you]. You know we’re going to come with a lot of stuff and teams don’t want to see that,” he said. “They want to see a vanilla defense, that just lines up and you know where they’re going to be. I’ll take these guys and Rex and this system any day.”
Pace is hardly the first Jet to pop off this summer. After all he’s learning from the best. Ryan has already labeled David Harris the most underrated linebacker in the NFL and Ryan describing himself as ‘a great coach” while corner Dee Milliner says he’s the best corner in the NFL.