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NY Jets coaching staff receives rave reviews at the Senior Bowl

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Ron Middleton
NY Jets, Ron Middleton / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
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Many of the nation's top prospects impressed at this year's Senior Bowl, but so did the NY Jets coaches.

Though the Senior Bowl remains a player showcase first and foremost, that doesn't mean the event's coaching staffs can't share a bit of the spotlight.

The Jets coached the National Team to a 20-10 victory over the Lions-coached American Team on Saturday, and afterward, Robert Saleh and others got praised for their organization and well-run practices.

The Athletic's Connor Hughes wrote about how several Senior Bowl players flourished under the tutelage of Jets coaches in particular.

"Speaking of those young coaches, a common theme circulated in Mobile: Why couldn’t Saleh’s staff coach both teams?"

Connor Hughes

According to Hughes' sources, many believed the National Team's practices were better run compared to the American Team ones overseen by Dan Campbell. One even said he “couldn’t figure out” what exactly the Detroit coaches were trying to do.

NY Jets coaches get praised for excellent management of Senior Bowl practices

This year's Senior Bowl featured some slight differences, the most significant of which was an increased emphasis on coach development.

Robert Saleh, Mike LaFleur, and Jeff Ulbrich served in more advisory roles and put the team's younger coaches in charge instead.

Tight ends coach Ron Middleton was the National Team's head coach, quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese was the offensive coordinator, and linebackers coach Mike Rutenberg was the defensive coordinator.

Those coaches' assistants were also given a louder voice in the Senior Bowl and coordinated meetings as well as other administrative duties.

The Jets, who own four of the top 38 selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, will no doubt pool all their coaches' player evaluations together to make wise choices come April.

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The Jets are still in a rebuilding phase, hoping to turn the franchise around and end the organization's 11-year playoff drought next season.

Based on these raving Senior Bowl coach reviews, the team at least seems to be in good hands.

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