The New York Jets have always been had a defense-first mindset, and it’s evident in their head coaching hires. Each of their last six head coaching hires has been coaches who made their bones on defense as assistants. It’s time to change things up and go more offensive in philosophy.
There’s no doubt the NFL is in an era where offenses rule the game. All of the NFL rules lean toward higher scoring, and winning with defense will become an anomaly. The New York Jets need to embrace that era and do it at season’s end if this season spirals out of control.
After four weeks and two horrible losses, the fans’ and media’s ire seems to be headed the way of head coach Todd Bowles. It’s deserved at this point, and the praise will be deserved if he can right the ship.
The problem with the Jets could also be in the assistant coaches and the head coach, not just Bowles. So an overhaul of the entire staff may be in order.
Since the departure of Bill Parcells, who let the offense do their thing with Charlie Weis running the show, the Jets’ offense has been too conservative. They do air it out once in a while, but they don’t take enough risks.
So, two changes need to be made. First, they need to go get a coach with a background in offense. Six of the last ten Super Bowl winning head coaches were not defensive assistant coaches in the NFL.
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The second thing the Jets have to do is find an offensive coordinator who’s willing to take risks. The third thing they need is a smart quarterback with a good arm who can take the risks, and knows when the right time is to take them. They might have that one on their roster already, though.
If the season spirals out of control, and the Jets decide to fire Bowles and his entire staff at the end of the year, there are a few names to go after. However, there is one name the Jets have to go after. They must try to lure Josh McDaniels away from the New England Patriots.
His first stint with the Denver Broncos wasn’t successful. However, at 33 and 34 years old in his two seasons in Denver, McDaniels may have just been in over his head and too young to handle all of that. He deserves another chance to prove himself.
Whoever they get McDaniels or not, it needs to be a man with an offensive mindset, and like Gary Kubiak in Denver, he needs to hire a great defensive coordinator. Even though the Broncos won it all thanks to their defense last season, the trend is offense, and it’s not slowing down one bit.