Florham Park, NJ – This time, the New York Jets will try something different. Instead of bolstering one side of the ball, which they tried unsuccessfully two years ago with the attack-minded Adam Gas, CEO Christopher Johnson said on Monday they would look for a key coach who could motivate the entire team.
“I don’t like the term ‘CEO’ very much,” Johnson said, “but it describes what we are looking for.” “We want a head coach who coaches the whole team and his staff. You don’t have to be offensive, you don’t have to be defensive. This is a coach for the whole team. That’s very important for us looking forward.”
The aircraft sought permission to interview at least four candidates – offensive coordinators Eric Pennemi (Kansas City Chiefs), Brian Dabol (Buffalo Bills), Arthur Smith (Tennessee Titans) and defense coordinator Matt Iberflus (Indianapolis Colts), according to the sources. There will be more requests in the coming days.
Johnson has predicted a “broad and deep” search that could take several weeks. This is a departure from 2019, when they focused on attacking coaches who can prepare the midfielders Sam Darnold. This did not work. Jets 9-23 went under Gase, who finished his 32nd attack in both seasons. He was fired Sunday night.
Johnson tacitly admitted that he had no interest in the structure under the Gees, who had given former defensive coordinator Greg Williams complete autonomy on that side of the ball.
“We’ve seen it in action,” Johnson said. “I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad way of doing things, but in our case, I think we can do a better job.”
General Manager Joe Douglas will lead the search – yet another franchise exit. In previous searches, Jets hired consultants and a company to search for bosses. With Gase hiring, Johnson took the lead. This time, he will count on his chief football executive even though Douglas, who was hired in 2019, has never hired a head coach.
“Joe is the GM we’ve been looking for for years,” Johnson said. “I have a lot of confidence in him. If we can get this coach properly appointed, and I think we will do that, I think we can be a team that no one will want to see in their agenda until next year. We’ll see where we can go with that.”
Aside from hiring a coach, the biggest decision for aircraft is the midfielders. Johnson gave incumbent President Sam Darnold a vote of confidence, saying he wanted Darnold on the team. But he quickly indicated that Douglas and the new coach would be allowed to make the decision. Johnson once said the same about safety Jamal Adams, Which ended up trading.
“I’m a big fan of Bassam,” Johnson said. “I think he’s a cool QB. I think he has really great talent and leadership and leadership. … I don’t think the book has been written about Sam. He has a very big future, and I personally hope he’s on this team and that’s what I told him.” [Sunday] Night after the game. “
Darnold, who has struggled in his third season, could be replaced by a rookie because the Jets have the second pick in 2021 NFL Project. On Monday, he repeated that he wanted to end his career with airplanes.
“I want to turn this thing over,” said Darnold. “I think we can.”
On cleaning day, several players played the same theme: The team needs to improve its culture. At a team meeting, Johnson and Douglas stressed to the players that the priority is to find a coach who can make it happen.
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