Sometimes the best insight into a defensive front comes from the man that he combats with on a daily basis. It helps when that offensive lineman is one of the best in the league.
Once upon a time epic battles took place between center Nick Mangold and nose tackle Sione Po'uha. Those days are long gone, as Po'uha has moved on after being released, but the Jets are hoping they can get close to some of that production from Kenrick Ellis.
"He's really started to focus in on his technique. He used to flail a little bit, which I think kind of hurt him because he wasn't able to use his strength and his power," said Mangold concerning Ellis. "He's a strong, strong man and you know he's really focused on his hands, and getting his hand placement and from last year to this year I think he's (improved by) leaps and bounds."
Mangold had more love to dish out.
"I mean he has some fantastically talented players over there," said Mangold. "When you got guys like Mo (Muhammad Wilkerson), and Quinton (Coples), David Harris running around, Kenrick (Ellis) being able to move around. That gives you tons of options."
Mangold is now entrenched as one of the leaders on the football team following four Pro Bowl selections after being drafted in 2006. The seven-year veteran has been through the Brett Favre era, the back-to-back AFC championships and Tim Tebow. He has been the consistent to an ever-changing offensive line.
"(We're) trying to let our experiences kind of shape the way that they're thinking. So it definitely is a lot different now then it would have been years ago," said Mangold.
It'll be integral for Mangold and the offensive line to develop a strong enough chemistry to allow for a productive offense.