Monday was quite the busy news day for the NY Jets as Robert Saleh, Joe Douglas, and others spoke to the media for the final scheduled time of the season.
One important takeaway was the notion that Saleh insisted the Jets would "definitely" look to add an experienced offensive coach to their staff this offseason, similar to the role Greg Knapp was supposed to fill prior to his death in 2020.
Saleh didn't expand upon that and it's unclear if that experienced coach will be brought in to replace someone currently on the staff or if a new role will be created. Either way, a veteran coach will be added.
Keep an eye on someone like Gary Kubiak if Saleh is able to poach him out of retirement. The former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator spent time with Saleh in Houston and fits the bill of exactly what the Jets are looking for.
Other NY Jets news
Positive injury updates for the Jets
The Jets lost arguably their two best offensive players for the season in their Week 7 win over the Denver Broncos as both Breece Hall and Alijah Vera-Tucker suffered season-ending injuries. In many ways, you could argue that was the day the Jets' season ended.
Both players are progressing very well, though, and both Hall and Vera-Tucker told reporters that they expect to be ready in time for training camp this year. That would be a remarkably fast recovery time for Hall who tore his ACL toward the end of October.
Hall told reporters that he consulted with other NFL running backs like Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey, who had suffered season-ending injuries of their own, about the best way to approach rehab. Evidently, it's paid off.
Having a healthy Hall and Vera-Tucker for the start of the 2023 season would provide a massive boost to a Jets' offense that certainly missed them this past year.
Zach Wilson will "compete" for a starting job in 2023
Saleh provided an update on quarterback Zach Wilson as well. While he stopped short of labeling him the starter for 2023, he did insist that Wilson will "have a chance to compete" for the starting job next season.
Wilson followed that up with a quote of his own in which he responded to a question about how he would react to the Jets bringing in a veteran quarterback this offseason. "I'm going to make that dude's life hell in practice every day," Wilson told reporters on Monday.
Despite what Saleh says, it seems highly unlikely that the Jets even give Wilson an opportunity to win the starting job in 2023. In fact, there's still every chance that he's moved this offseason.
Saleh and the Jets will continue to say the right things, but don't be fooled. Wilson is not going to factor into the quarterback conversation this offseason in any significant way.