Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
A new era will begin shortly in the land of the New York Jets. Rex Ryan is gone, and the Jets are soon going to hire their next head coach. In the coming weeks, we will know who is going to lead the Jets franchise into the future. Are the Jets going to wait for someone like Dan Quinn, or even Gary Kubiak? Maybe they will hire a more readily available candidate, like Todd Bowles, or Dan Marrone. We will find out soon enough.
But there is one thing I can tell you for sure. The Jets will benefit from the change, throughout the roster. And the kicker is that it doesn’t matter who the head coach is.
What am I talking about? I am talking about the changes that will come with the assistants.
Aug 4, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiverMichael Campbell
(18) makes a catch as wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal looks on during drills at training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
WR coach Sanjay Lal came to the Jets in 2012 after filling the same position with the Oakland Raiders. He brought with him Chaz Schilens, a guy that loved to play for Lal. He was going to be that tall possession receiver the Jets needed. Under Lal’s “tutilage”, Schilens gave us a whopping 28 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns.
Sanjay Lal has added absolutely nothing for the New York Jets. No matter who comes in, Lal will be history.
Aug 16, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Thomas McGaughey against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas McGaughey arrived with the Jets just this past season to coach special teams, after filling the same position with LSU. He was dubbed a creative special teams guy, and was supposed to get the Jets special teams unit back to what it once was.
It was anything but. The punting was inconsistent. The Jets allowed blocked punts, one of which where the opponent only rushed one guy. The return game showed flashes, once in a while. I would tweet “Bring Back Westhoff” at desperate times during the season.
The Jets do not need this guy. McGaughey should go, and he likely will under a new coach.
Jul 24, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterbackMichael Vick
(1) works with quarterbacks coachDavid Lee
(left) during drills at training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
David Lee joined the Jets in 2013, and was deemed a quarterback guru. After previous success in Miami, he was going to be the guy to fix Mark Sanchez. Granted, that didn’t get the chance to happen, thanks to Mark’s shoulder injury. So, his project became Geno Smith. Surely, the Jets young quarterback was in the right hands. Right?
Well, Geno Smith had his moments. You don’t post a perfect passer rating in ANY NFL game unless you have some talent. However, generally speaking, Geno Smith has gotten worse. He has spent the balance of two years being unsure of what to do with the football, and leaving the Jets in desperate situations.
Well, David Lee is likely out the door as well. I know I won’t miss him.
Aug 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on the bench against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Jets 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Then we come to Marty Mornhinweg. He has spent an interesting two years as the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets. He brought with him his version of the “West Coast” offense, which was going to be the most quarterback friendly the Jets have seen in years. This was finally going to turn the Jets around.
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Well, it hasn’t been all bad. The Jets have maintained their top-flight rushing attack. I gave Mornhinweg a pass on 2013, as he was saddled with a rookie quarterback at the last minute due to the Mark Sanchez injury. But, 2014 was a different story. Even though the offense had a few moments, and showed potential, Mornhinweg fell short yet again. He would call trick plays inside the red zone, and would be predictable on other parts of the field. Morninweg shouldn’t be returning to the Jets either.
So changing head coaches will be big for the New York Jets. It will bring important change that affects many of the positions on the roster. The best part is, the change is coming no matter who the Jets hire at head coach.