Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

A Cheap Alternative to the Wide Receiver Problem with the New York Jets

There has been a lot of talk this winter about improving the group of wide receivers on the New York Jets. Understandably so, we all watched them play last year. Geno Smith had his growing pains, but he wasn’t helped by a poor, underperforming group of wide receivers.

To their credit, the Jets have done some work here, signing the pick of the free agent litter, Eric Decker. They are attempting to acquire DeSean Jackson, and there are other receivers available on the market. The Jets are expected to address the position via the draft as well, so they are aware that there is work to be done here.

However, there is a move that could be made, and that in fact, should be made. It’s a move on the current staff, that will serve to improve all of the pass catchers on this roster. What is it? It’s simple.

Get rid of Sanjay Lal, wide receivers coach.

Think about it for a minute. What, exactly, has Lal done to earn his continuing work with the New York Jets?

How about Stephen Hill? He has brought him along for his entire career. How’s that working out?

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2012 21 NYJ wr 84 11 8 21 252 12.0 3 33 1.9 22.9 252 3 0 2
2013 22 NYJ WR 84 12 11 24 342 14.3 1 51 2.0 28.5 342 1 1 2
Career 23 19 45 594 13.2 4 51 2.0 25.8 594 4 1 4

I feel more confident that someone reading this article will have better hands than Stephen Hill. Great job there Sanjay.

How’s about Chaz Schilens? When Sanjay Lal signed on to be the receivers coach in 2012, Schilens signed here, partially because of his relationship with Sanjay. How did that work out?
28 receptions, 289 yards, and two touchdowns. Gee, Lal got a lot out of that guy, didn’t he?

They brought in Clyde Gates. How did he do in the Green and White? Take a look.

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb
2011 25 MIA 10 15 0 2 19 9.5 0 11 0.1 1.3 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 23 0 0
2012 26 NYJ wr 19 11 2 16 224 14.0 0 42 1.5 20.4 1 12 0 12 12.0 1.1 0.1 236 0 0
2013 27 NYJ 19 6 2 12 122 10.2 0 34 2.0 20.3 122 0 0
Career 32 4 30 365 12.2 0 42 0.9 11.4 2 16 0 12 8.0 0.5 0.1 381 0 0
2 yrs NYJ 17 4 28 346 12.4 0 42 1.6 20.4 1 12 0 12 12.0 0.7 0.1 358 0 0
1 yr MIA 15 0 2 19 9.5 0 11 0.1 1.3 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 23 0 0

Granted, Clyde Gates is no Jerry Rice, but Lal could get SOMETHING out of this guy.

We aren’t going to include Santonio Holmes, as he has spent a great deal of time injured since the arrival of Sanjay Lal. It’s difficult to include David Nelson, as he has only spent 3/4 of one season under the teaching of Sanjay Lal.

Jeremy Kerley has been the exception, as he has performed better since the arrival of Lal. But, since the group has been so bad on a whole, a change needs to be made. Bring in someone with a big time reputation, the way they did with Marty Mornhinweg and David Lee, and let him start a new day with the Jets’ receivers.

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  • Paul Newbold

    They brought back Lal this off season. I agree I don’t know why, but to his credit, the Jets have given him very little to work with! I know the big knock on him has been Stephen Hill’s development, but if you stop for a minute an examine the situation, it might be not as bad as some think. To Hill’s credit, he’s worked hard on his game, all reports from the Jets have indicated he has a great wok ethic. Consider the fact the Jets gambled on Hill in the second round, he was as raw as a college receiver could be, he had very little route running experience, a limited number of receptions, and came from a system where he was asked to block down field more then he was asked to actually catch a football. Lal has improved his game, his routes have been coming around, and his hands have improved somewhat. Hill’s nagging injuries and the lack of talent around him have kept him from showing much as well. I’m hoping with the addition of a true #1 receiver on the other side, the addition of Decker, and a healthy campaign for Hill, the Jets will finally see what this kid can do! The Jets could use another deep threat to help in Hill’s development. Give Lal some talent to work with and I think he might just be ok!

    • Alan Schechter

      I hope you are right about that Paul. We will see soon enough.

  • RONBO19

    Great job Alan. I’ve been saying this on Randy’s Radar on the jets blog and on the SNY blog as well. In addition to his ineffectiveness with the jets, Lal proved to be a total failure with the Raiders as well. He had Darreous Heywood -Bey, Jacoby Ford,Chaz Shilens and one or two other highly touted young players who never developed under his tutelage. Frankly, I have no clue why this guy still has a job?