Pace’s comments, big plays set tone for Jets
He was still fuming when reporters gathered around him a few minutes after the
“It was a situation where I was upset with how I played and how we played as a defense,” Pace said on Friday. “We felt like we let everybody else down.”
Unable to contain his frustration, the veteran linebacker let loose. Pace called Miami’s wildcat formation “nonsense” and “gimmicky,” and he said
“I said some things, meant them, but normally I keep that stuff to myself,” Pace said. “I’m not much of a talker. You guys ask me questions and I say what I think. The fact remains that they beat us and they did what they wanted to do at will. I can’t lie about that and I’ve got to respect that.”
Pace’s brash comments drew the ire of the
“I respect what they do, man,” Pace said. “Every team goes about it a different way. That aside, we’ve just got to find a way to get this win.”
Pace’s teammates call him a mostly quiet and humble guy. They were surprised he lashed out the way he did, but supported him.
“That can happen, especially after a tough loss like that,” defensive end
Pace and the
“The key for us this game is to get stops, get them in third-and-long and get the ball back to the offense,” Pace said.
Pace is coming off a terrific game against Oakland in which he had a career-best three sacks, two of which caused fumbles, and set the tone in a 38-0 victory.
“He’s a beast, really,” defensive end
“Actually, I got kicked in the air,” said Pace, who had seven tackles. “I thought I jumped when it happened, but watching it I saw he kicked me. Hey, as long as you get there.”
In the third quarter, Pace got there again, taking down
“I don’t know if he can have that impact every week, but I’ll sign up for it,” coach Rex Ryan said. “He really is a tremendous player. I think we saw that in the preseason as well. He was consistently making plays and pressuring the quarterback. We think he’s that kind of player.”
When Ryan brought his aggressive 3-4 defensive scheme to New York from Baltimore, he envisioned Pace being a pass-rushing powerhouse after getting a career-high seven sacks last season.
Ryan and the
“To be honest, man, I think I need to step my game up,” he said. “I always feel like I could do more and I feel like there were still some plays I could’ve made that I left out there Sunday.”
Despite having played just three games, Pace leads the team in sacks and forced fumbles and is tied for second with four tackles for losses. He is also averaging eight total tackles a game.
“Calvin’s just an amazing football player,” DeVito said. “I mean, he’s just got everything it takes: He’s tall, he’s strong, he’s fast and he shows up every week. It adds an extra level of confidence knowing that he’s out there.”