- Kevin Lidlow
Can we start to feel good with this coaching staff? It's worth a shot.
For the most the part it seems as though New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has put his staff together in the way that he feels comfortable to be working with, so the question for Jets fans would be whether or not we should finally feel good about the idea that Gase is their new head coach. Although it is still too early to tell and we won't know for sure until the first week of the new season, I believe that it is a step into the right direction to start to like the idea of this new coaching staff. We hope that Gase can share his experience he's had when he was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, in which he helped lead Peyton to back to back record breaking years in 2013-14. Despite only having a 23-25 record as the Miami head coach, in one score games he had the NFL's best winning percentage of 76.9% with a 20-6 mark (NewYorkJets.com), which was something the Jets had a tough time closing out in 2018. That's something to feel a little better about the head coach, but what about the coaching that he built together?
During his introductory press conference, one of the things he mentioned about hiring a defensive coordinator was that he wanted to hire a "head coach on defense" so that he could focus on the offense. One of his top candidates was none other then a guy who help turn the Cleveland Browns defense into one of the top turnover teams in the NFL and that was Gregg Williams. Even though his defense only ranked 20th overall on defense, he brought a "dog" mentality to the Browns defense which was something the Jets have lacked all of 2018.
The next person Gase hired was the new offensive line coach Frank Pollack who was formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals before being released during the off season. This was probably my favorite hire due to the fact that Pollack has an impressive resume, starting in 2012 when he started his offensive line coaching job with the Oakland Raiders where the offensive led ranked 8th overall. Since then he has been with the Cowboys where every single offensive lineman was elected into the pro bowl in 2015 and they were ranked in the top ten as well (profootballreference). This was a big hire for the Jets to help boost the weak offensive line.
The latest hire was offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who had served with Adam Gase in Miami and Chicago. Although his numbers aren't terrific, he is a perfect fit into the Jets new offensive schematics which is a pro style and even though Ryan Tannihill missed five games with injury in 2018, he still put up 17 touchdowns on 274 attempts as well as a 6.2% percentage (highest of his career).
They were able to retain the vast majority of the staff last year like Special Teams coach Brant Boyer and linebackers coach Kevin Greene. This coaching staff has a lot to be excited about once you look passed the statistics and acknowledge that their personalities are a perfect fit for this team as well as complimenting with the players. I believe that this coaching staff deserves a chance to see what they try to implement.