Could the Jets be ready to fill out their final spot on the coaching staff? If the rumors are true, they are.
According to our buddy Bent from the Jets Blog, LSU special teams’ coach Thomas McGaughey has begun to emerge as a favorite to earn this job here in New York.
McGaughey has previous experience in the NFL, with the Chiefs, the Broncos, and most recently, the New York Giants, before heading to LSU. In 2006 with the Broncos, their special teams unit held opponents to 6.9 yards per punt return, good for fifth best in the NFL.
He also excelled as a special teams coach with the Giants. In 2008, the year the Giants won the NFC East, three special teamers made the Pro Bowl, with another named as an alternate.
In 2011-2012, LSU’s special teams unit scored six special teams touchdowns. They ranked in the top ten in the nation in net punting in 2011-2012 as well.
It’s been a while since the Jets’ special teams has been a top flight group. They started to fall off a bit in Mike Westhoff’s final season, and weren’t good last year under Ben Kotwica. If the rumors are true, Thomas McGaughey sounds like a good addition.