New York Jets: Why Karl Dunbar Must Stay Put

By Ioanny Dimov

This off-season is sure to bring many changes to the Jets coaching staff, and from the product that was put on the field this past season it is to be expected. However, there is one man I hope stays put right where he is. Karl Dunbar has led the charge in turning an anemic pass rush into one of the fiercest in the league. His unit was also the best unit on the field for Jets, and these guys seemed to be the only ones held accountable.

One could argue that Dunbar has been gifted with raw talent since he began coaching in the NFL. He was given the “Williams Wall” and when he came to the Jets Muhammad Wilkerson was already in place and showing signs of his talent. However, raw talent must be coached and cultivated which is what Dunbar did with big Mo and fans are continuing to see his ascent into the elite ranks of pass rushers.

Another example of Dunbar cultivating raw talent came in 2013 when the Jets took Sheldon Richardson in the first round. Dunbar worked his magic and turned him into the defensive rookie of the year. The story doesn’t stop there as in his second season Richardson continued to refine the technique of his pass rush moves. Richardson is now also working his way up to the elite pass rushing ranks.

Dunbar was also able to take undrafted talent in Damon Harrison and turned him into a highly effective nose tackle and the anchor of the Jets potent offensive line. There is a case to be made for Dunbar being promoted to defensive coordinator but it will be in the Jets best interest to keep him exactly where he is.

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