New York Jets need to open up the checkbook for Bill Callahan in 2020
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
New York Jets need to put their money where their mouth is in 2020. Here’s why the team should pay Bill Callahan handsomely this offseason.
The offensive line was putrid for the New York Jets in 2019, but it wasn’t supposed to be.
Prior to the season commencing the general consensus around the league was the green and white had an average offensive line at worst with the talent level.
Although they didn’t play like that last season.
There are a lot of different reasons for that. Injuries ravaged the trenches and to put it bluntly the acquisition of veteran center Ryan Kalil was a failure of epic proportions.
He came in late during the offseason and stole the starting job from Jonotthan Harrison without having to compete against him. That move rubbed a lot of Jets players the wrong way from what we were told.
This threw off the chemistry of the unit because the starting five didn’t get any chance to work with each other before the season started. All-in-all it was a colossal failure and that was a strong reason the rest of the team failed to live up to expectations.
Someone else who failed to live up to his reputation is offensive line coach Frank Pollack.
When he was hired by the Jets, the team received a lot of praise for the hire, but it just didn’t translate. Now the team has a chance to hit the upgrade button in 2020 with a familiar name.
After spending the last five years with the Washington Redskins, Bill Callahan is now a free agent.
Callahan had been working in the NFC East as an offensive line coach for the ‘Skins before assuming the role of interim head coach through the final portion of the 2019 season.
For those who are unfamiliar, Bill Callahan is one of the most respected offensive line gurus on the planet. He’s been coaching football for the last 40 years including a three-year stint with the New York Jets from 2008-2011 as the assistant head coach & offensive line coach.
Adam Gase isn’t afraid to bring in talented guys he’s never worked with before.
Heck when Adam was hired as the head coach of the Jets last year, he retained special teams coordinator Brant Boyer, despite having no connections to him.
It’s about winning, not just having buddies on the coaching staff.
To lure Callahan back to the big apple it’ll likely cost a pretty penny, but as general manager, Joe Douglas said at the season-ending presser, “the offensive line will be a priority for us each year moving forward.” It’s time to put his money where his mouth is.