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Leger Douzable

After Thursday's loss to the Ravens, a video of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and head coach Adam Gase arguing on the sidelines went viral and many people questioned what exactly the two were discussing.

Despite Gase adressing the matter on Friday during a conference call and saying that the two were actually in agreement on the team struggles in the game, former Jets defenseive lineman Leger Douzable thinks things really went a bit differently...

Douzable also discussed Darnold's progressions this season and how he thinks the USC product has fared in his two seasons in the NFL.

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(Kevin Hoffman)

It was awful that the Jets lost Muhammad Wilkerson to a broken leg in the third quarter on Sunday. Not only did it damage their chances of coming back -- they trailed 16-10 at the time -- but it is also a cruel blow for a player who was unable to negotiate a long-term deal in the offseason, but still played his heart out all season long.

Hopefully this will be something that can heal up in time for the start of the offseason program next season. It would be unfair for a principled guy like Wilkerson to have an injury at the worst possible time end up hurting his long-term earning potential.

If it does, it could drive a further wedge between players and the owners, as players will be less likely to risk playing out their contracts when they feel they are underpaid, but teams will view this as underlining the reason you should never give a player a huge contract with a ton of guaranteed money before you have to.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leger Douzable, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (Jim O'Connor)
Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (Jim O'Connor)

On Sunday, New England ran the ball a lot more than they did the last time these teams met, but the Jets were equal to the challenge, holding the Patriots to three yards or less on 16 of their 22 carries and an average of just 2.9 yards per carry.

New England had more success throwing the ball, but it wasn't easy for them, as the Jets generated some good pressure, especially in the second half.

In a departure from the norm, Leonard Williams started getting some reps as the strong-side defensive end this week. He actually had more reps outside the tackle in this game than in the rest of the season combined. That might be because the Jets wanted to put their two most powerful pass-rushers -- Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson -- on the inside, knowing that interior pressure is something that typically gives Tom Brady problems.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leger Douzable, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) celebrates beating the New York Giants in overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) celebrates beating the New York Giants in overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

After Sunday's game, a common refrain on sports radio was apparently that the Jets defensive line had failed to record enough pressure against an injury-plagued Giants line, while the Giants had generated constant pressure. However, the Jets were under pressure 26 times in 59 dropbacks according to PFF's numbers, while the Giants were under pressure 19 times in 38 dropbacks.

That's less pressure, but a greater rate of pressure, especially since the Giants blitzed 18 times to the Jets' 11 and also left in extra blockers to pass-protect at a greater rate.

The main reason for this was probably the Jets' smart decision to mitigate pressure by running a lot of screens and quick passes. For once, the Jets got rid of the ball half a second quicker than their opponents on average, something which is exceedingly rare for them. Kudos to the coaching staff for that, but the criticism of the linemen still seems somewhat unjust in light of the above numbers.

Tags: Leger Douzable, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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