SANJAY LAL(WR COACH)-Let’s talk about our first year WR coach, Sanjay Lal, seen in the picture in his previous job as WR coach with the Oakland Raiders. It’s pretty simple, Lal has come in here, and the WRs have not been good. Yes, they are young, but more often than not, they have shown bad tendencies and habits. They all have had problems with dropped passes during the year so far. No matter what you think of quarterback Mark Sanchez, it is an undeniable truth that the WRs have had difficulty getting separation on defensive backs. Mark has been bad, but it is not like the wide receivers have been great, and have given him a ton of help.
And talk about Chaz Schilens. Chaz came to the Jets because of his great relationship with this coach. You would think that getting this receiver with this coach, he would excel, no? How has THAT worked out? 16 catches, 150 yards, and 1 TD, that’s how. Yes, Schilens’ ability is debatable, but a coach should be able to bring SOMETHING out of a player, especially one he professes to be so close to. Yet, nothing. Had enough of Lal too.
ANTHONY LYNN(RB COACH)-Let’s talk about coach Lynn, a guy that doesn’t get a lot of attention. He came on the scene with Rex in 2009 as well, and to his credit, the running game was good the first two years. The Jets were number one in the league in rushing in 2009, and 4th in the league in 2010. But as much credit as you do give to Lynn for the success, you have to give credit to the veteran running backs on the team in those years. Thomas Jones ran for 1400 yards in 2009. He is an established veteran that didn’t need a lot of coaching. Same can be said for LaDainian Tomlinson, who found new life in 2010, running for 914 yards.
But, Lynn has had one running back to develop over the years, and that guy has been Shonn Greene. We don’t even need to talk numbers about Greene, just talk about the eye test. It would not be hard to argue that Shonn Greene has gotten progressively worse over his time with the Jets. Yet, Lynn hasn’t taken a hit. He should.
DAVE DEGUGLIELMO(OL COACH)-Now we come to the coach known as “Gugs”. Bill Callahan, previous offensive line coach, had clearly checked out by the end of the year. Maybe Bill had enough of the Jets locker room, that’s neither here nor there. The Jets needed a change at this position, so in comes DeGuglielmo. Yes, we have to give him a little slack in the fact that he is teaching a new blocking scheme. No doubt. But, we are over halfway through the season, and the blocking isn’t getting any better, especially in the ground game. A 16th ranked ground game, for a team that is supposed to live and die with the ground game, has to fall partially on the offensive line, and the offensive line coach. If we are cleaning house anyway, we can let him go too.
A lot of changes need to be made on the offensive side of the football. The Jets must make sure they don’t ignore the offensive coaching staff. It’s been bad.