The NY Jets are set to make some changes to their offensive coaching staff in 2022. Those changes will primarily revolve around the coaches in the quarterback room or, more specifically, coaches with direct ties to Zach Wilson.
ESPN's Rich Cimini reported on Monday that the Jets would not be bringing back senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh in 2022. Cavanaugh, who was on a one-year deal, was hired in the summer to essentially fill the hole left by Greg Knapp's tragic passing.
Cavanaugh did what the Jets asked of him serving as a valuable, experienced mentor in the quarterback room for both Wilson and the Jets' young coaching staff, but he was never expected to return in 2022.
The Jets are also not expected to bring back John Beck, "barring something unforeseen." Wilson's personal QB coach was hired in October in an effort to further assist the team's rookie quarterback.
It was an unprecedented move at the time, one that evidently made Wilson feel more comfortable as the season went on. But much like Cavanaugh, Beck's hiring always felt like more of a temporary addition than anything.
The NY Jets have streamlined their offensive coaching staff
Beck is a personal QB trainer who has worked with the likes of Drew Bress, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz, and Justin Fields, among others, but his close personal relationship with Wilson led to him joining the Jets' staff.
However, Beck has his own company back in California which is why he's steered clear of NFL coaching staffs to this point. His addition to the Jets staff, while significant, was never expected to be permanent.
In reality, the Jets brought Beck aboard to help Wilson as much as they did to help him understand their system. After all, Beck is going to continue working with Wilson this offseason, and now he has a better understanding of what the Jets are looking for. That could go a long way.
The Athletic's Connor Hughes is reporting that the Jets are expected to make another addition to their coaching staff in the form of an offensive quality control coach. However, they will not pursue a veteran replacement for Cavanaugh.
Essentially, these moves help streamline the process in the Jets' QB room. The Jets did everything in their power to surround Wilson with as many voices as possible in his rookie season, but too many voices can be a bad thing.
From October on, the Jets had as many as four assistant coaches working directly with Wilson and the quarterbacks. Cavanaugh, Beck, quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese, and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur all had input.
That's a lot, and the Jets are hoping that fewer voices in Wilson's head could lead to more success in 2022.
Expect Calabrese to take on a larger role and serve as Wilson's go-to coach during the season while he continues to train with beck when he's not with the team.
The Jets are attempting to do everything right by their young QB, and these latest changes are further evidence of that.