This is the time of year when NFL coaches praise to the sky even the most obscure players. But not Jets DC Mike Pettine, who disparages Eric Smith, the easy goat for the team's defensive falloff last year, because we all know how extremely rare it is when black DBs "blow coverages." The very talented Jim Leonhard is still a free agent with apparently no team interested in signing him. So it looks like the Jets will go from starting 2 White safeties to none. Guess that's part of Rex Ryan trying to re-establish his "street cred" with the locker room. Jets DC Mike Pettine suggested that S Eric Smith will play primarily as a reserve in 2012. Following a string of blown coverages, Smith was a media and fan punching bag last season. "You'll love Eric Smith at 300 snaps," Pettine said. "You don't like him at 1,000." Smith is expected to return to special teams while rotating in to give starters LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell a breather.