With new head coach Adam Gase calling the shots, and second-year quarterback Sam Darnold executing them, the New York Jets are looking to have a much more aggressive offense in 2019.
All the pieces are in place for the Jets offense to make a huge leap this season, from Darnold’s continued development and progression to the presence of a more offensively minded coach in Gase. Sure, there are significant personnel additions like star running back Le’Veon Bell and electric slot receiver Jamison Crowder, but the new scheme and Darnold’s ability to lead the unit have the power to change the fortunes of the offense.
Darnold is looking forward to playing in Gase’s attacking system, but he knows the transition won’t lead to overnight success:
Day by day, Sam and Coach Gase are building an "aggressive" offense ?
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 25, 2019
It’s been really fun to be able to learn a new offense and kind of understand what Coach Gase wants to do, how aggressive he wants to be. But we’re making sure we take a step back and realize it’s not going to be perfect day one or day two or day three. This week it was definitely a process. That’s the word I would use to describe it and it’s going to be throughout OTAs and this little minicamp. But we understand that as an offense. We’ve just got to be able to stack good days on top of good days and see what happens.
While Gase didn’t find much success with the Miami Dolphins in his first head-coaching stint, he does have a track record of success as an offensive coordinator.
Darnold had his expected ups and downs as a rookie in 2018, but the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft has all the physical and mental tools to make a massive jump in his second NFL season.
With the added firepower around him, and a coach who should put him in position to make plenty of plays, Darnold and the Jets offense should find themselves flying to new heights in 2019 and beyond.