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C.J. Mosley brings leadership, winning culture to Jets defense

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Inside Linebacker C.J. Mosley #57 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Inside Linebacker C.J. Mosley #57 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are trying to transform their culture under a new coaching staff, and a veteran linebacker like C.J. Mosley exactly the kind of player they need to make it happen.

It’s been nearly a decade since the New York Jets made the playoffs, but the team made some big moves this offseason to try and get themselves back in the national conversation.

Obviously, a huge change was replacing the coaching staff, as former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase now takes over after failing to turn around the Gang Green’s AFC East rivals over the last three seasons. He brings with him an experienced, aggressive defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams.

But for Williams’ defense to be successful, they need players with an elite combination of athleticism, playmaking ability, intelligence and leadership. That’s why they broke the bank for linebacker C.J. Mosley in free agency.

A four-time Pro Bowler with the Baltimore Ravens, Mosley knows what a winning culture looks like, and Williams says that’s just one of the many reasons he wanted him badly this offseason (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):

Really wanted him. He’s one of the guys that played for a very good friend of mine — Nick Saban. So, I understand the whole philosophy of what he’s gone through. He’s had his ass chewed before, so I don’t have to worry about that because that’s how Nick is. But he’s a really good leader. He leads by example first. All the great leaders that I’ve ever been a part of have to show great example before you open your mouth.

Mosley made multiple playoff appearances with the Ravens, something the Jets haven’t done in nearly a decade. He gives the Jets a complete player at the heart of their defense, with the play-calling prowess to get his teammates in position to make big plays, and the physical skills to make many of his own.

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As the Jets try and turn around one of the league’s most historic franchises, adding veteran leaders like Mosley will be key to building and maintaining a winning culture. Don’t be surprised if the Jets make some waves this season, with guys like Mosley leading the way.

What are your expectations for Mosley and the Gang Green defense this season? Can the Jets return to the playoffs in 2019? Give us your take in the comment section!

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