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Joe D comments for first time on Gore signing 05.11.20

In an exclusive interview with the team’s website, Jets GM Joe Douglas commented for the first time on the team’s signing of veteran running back Frank Gore on May 5.

“We’re really excited about not only the production he’s brought in his career but we’re really excited about the chemistry he’s going to bring to the running backs room and to the locker room,” Douglas said.

Douglas is really excited about Gore being a mentor to the team’s young running backs.

“When we talk about a player that has been a top-tier rusher in this league and also has a great work ethic, a true pro, he’s really going to help the guys like La’Mical Perine, Josh Adams and Kenny Dixon,” said Douglas.

“It’s a relatively young running back room right now behind Le’Veon (Bell), so he’s definitely going to help those young guys and he’s going to be a great example for them moving forward.”

Some might wonder why the team needs a leader and mentor in the running back room when they have the 28-year-old Bell, who is entering his 7th season.

Douglas said Adam Gase’s relationship with Gore from Miami was a big factor in the player signing with the Jets.

“It’s exciting to add a player of his caliber and a person of his caliber to our team and I know the relationship that he had with Coach Gase at Miami was a big reason that he decided to come here, so we’re very excited to add him to the room,” said Douglas.

Prior to signing Gore, Gase had said they wanted to find a running back to provide a “one-two punch” with Bell.

“Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it’s just all on him all the time,” Gase said on Rich Cimini’s podcast.

Gore will turn 37 on May 14.


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News and notes on the Jets schedule 05.07.20

*May 7, 2020 – The New York Jets announced their 2020 NFL schedule, which features the team opening the regular season against the Buffalo Bills for the second-consecutive year – this time in Western New York. The club’s home opener at MetLife Stadium is in Week Two against the San Francisco 49ers. The regular season schedule is highlighted by trips to Kansas City to face the defending Super Bowl champions and the club’s return to L.A. County for its first football game since 1993, where the team will face both the Chargers and the Rams at the newly opened SoFi Stadium.
Given the changing conditions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 official New York Jets individual game tickets will not go on sale. For more information, please visit  newyorkjets.com/tickets.
  • PRESEASON TILT: Traditionally facing off in the third preseason game of the year, the Jets and Giants will play their first preseason game of the year against their co-tenant the weekend of 13-17 It is the second-consecutive season the teams open versus each other.
  • THURSDAY NIGHT: For the third-consecutive season, the Jets will play a non-divisional opponent on Thursday night when the club hosts the Denver Broncos (10/1).  The two teams last met on a Thursday Night in Denver (11/17/11).
  • BYE WEEK: The Bye Week falls during Week 11 of the season, the fifth time in the last six seasons the Jets have had their Bye following the season’s first 10 games. Since 2002 when the divisions re-aligned, the Jets Bye Week was scheduled Week Nine or later 10 times.
  • HOME-AND-HOME SERIES: With games vs. the Miami Dolphins in Week 10 and 12 sandwiching a bye, the Jets have what amounts to a home-and-home series with their division rivals from South Florida.
  • FLEX: In Weeks 15 and 16, the Jets have consecutive games that can be played on either Saturday or Sunday. Week 15 will see the Jets play their second game in Los Angeles this season and first against the Rams since 1992. Week 16 will have the Jets hosting the Browns. It is the sixth-consecutive year the two teams will meet. The Jets have won three of the last five matchups.
  • SEASON FINALE: For the third time in the last four seasons, the Jets close their regular season schedule in New England. Since the NFL went exclusively to division matchup finales, the Jets have faced the Patriots three times, Buffalo five times and Miami three times, with all but two of those meetings coming on the road.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.
For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.
In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.
*Press Release

NFL Schedule Show On Thursday Night at 8:00 PM ET 05.06.20

*NFL Network’s Schedule Release ‘20 Presented by Verizon airs Thursday, May 7 at 8:00 PM ET revealing the 2020 NFL Schedule, Powered by AWS.

The three-hour show features Rich Eisen, Colleen Wolfe, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci and Steve Wyche breaking down the upcoming schedule, division by division.

Additionally, NFL Head Coaches, General Managers and other guests join from their homes. Here is a list of guests scheduled to join Schedule Release ‘20:

  • Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
  • Washington Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera
  • Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay
  • Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone
  • Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Frank Reich
  • Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel
  • New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge
  • Cleveland Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski
  • Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy
  • Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor
  • Denver Broncos President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway
  • San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch
  • Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim
  • Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn
  • Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane
  • Los Angeles Chargers Safety Derwin James
  • Baltimore Ravens Running Back Mark Ingram
  • NBC Sports’ Al Michaels
  • FOX Sports’ Joe Buck
  • CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz

*Press Release

Jets will now have Adams under contract for the next two years 04.27.20

On Monday, New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta announced that the Jets will exercise safety Jamal Adams’ fifth-year contract option.

This applies to the 2021 season. Adams is under contract for 2020. So Adams is locked up by the Jets for the next two seasons.

Adams wants a new contract now. He’s refusing to participate in the Jets’ virtual off-season program, in an attempt to force the Jets’ hand.

But there is a new sheriff in town, Jets GM Joe Douglas, who feels it’s his job to “do what’s in the best interest of the New York Jets.”

And Douglas might not think it’s in the best interest of the Jets to break the bank on a safety right now, who knows?

But no matter what Douglas’ position is on Adams’ contract, now with the player’s fifth-year option locked in, the GM has the player under contract for the next two years.


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This is a good idea in the 5th round 04.25.20

Once you reach the fifth-round of the NFL draft, it’s time to roll the dice.

And that’s what the Jets did with fifth-round pick Bryce Hall, a cornerback out of UVA.

He is coming off a broken ankle, suffered last football season, so this made him slip in the draft, expecially this year, with no player meetings leading up to the draft (so no medical rechecks by team doctors).

Hall is a better than a fifth-round talent. Just put in the film from before the injury.

So Jets GM Joe Douglas, who needs another corner, is gambling that Hall can get back to his pre-injury form.

And if he does, the Jets could end up with a starting cornerback, and second-round value.


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The selection of FIU QB James Morgan makes perfect sense 04.25.20

From a football business standpoint, the Jets picking FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, is a sound decision.
Yes they have Sam Darnold, but long-time NFL GM, and former Jets executive and consultant, Ron Wolf, believed that you should pick a QB in every draft, regardless of who you have at that position.
When he was the GM of Packers, he did that often, even though he had Brett Favre while in Green Bay.
His philosophy was it’s the NFL’s most important position, so you need to keep investing in players at that spot, and while none of the quarterbacks he picked beat out Favre, he ended getting a lot in the trade market for quarterbacks he drafted like Mark Brunell, Aaron Brooks and Matt Hasselbeck. He landed a ton of great draft capital for these three players in trades.
When the Washington Redskins picked Robert Griffin III in the draft, they also selected Kirk Cousins in the fourth round. People wondered why they did that. It turned into a very good decision because Cousins turned out to be better than Griffin.
So whatever you think of Darnold, Joe Douglas picking Morgan makes perfect sense.
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Joe Douglas just played the draft game the way you should 04.24.20

It surprised some that Jets GM Joe Douglas passed up on cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Trevon Diggs, and traded back in the second round.

The Jets traded their original second-round pick, 48th overall, to the Seattle Seahawks for a second-round pick (59 overall) and pick 101.

But then with the 59th pick, the Jets landed Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims, who was considered a first-round talent by some.

And while CB is a big need for the Jets, so is receiver.

So to trade back in the second round, get an extra pick, and then land a player with a late-first grade, is an example of slick draft gamesmanship by Douglas.


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Mekhi Becton Q-and-A – Talks drug test, playing style and more 04.24.20

*Q)Did you have a good sense that the Jets were going to pick you if you slipped to them?
Becton: I kind of figured they would pull the trigger if I made it to 11.
Q)You and Joe Douglas are both from same neck of the woods in Virginia – did you feel a bond with him?
Becton: It was definitely a great bond, because when he said the street names, I knew what streets he was talking about. It was a great connection when I found he was from Richmond.
Q)Were you always the biggest kid around, or did have a big growth spurt at one point?
Becton: I was always bigger than the average kid. I was always standing over everybody in pictures. I was always the biggest kid, so it’s something I’m used to.
Q)What was the key to your improvement from your second to third year at Louisville?
Becton: I would say the coaching change, honestly, (offensive line coach) Dwayne Ledford came in and told me things I was doing my sophomore year weren’t correct. He pretty much told me the right things for my junior year, from the first day I got there, until I left.”
Q)Adam Gase said you will bring some “nasty” to the offensive line room . . .
Becton: I think my demeanor is real nasty, I like to see the man on the ground, stay on the ground. When I finish him, I like to get on top.
Q)What happened with the failed drug test at the combine?
Becton: It was just a messed up drug test. I made a mistake, a young mistake and it won’t happen again. It was a one-time mistake that is never going to happen again.
Q)Were you concerned the failed test would impact your draft status?
Becton: I was at first. I noticed, the more I got honest with the teams that asked about it, the more I felt better about it, because they were telling me, be honest about it. Don’t try and lie. It was better for me to just be honest about the whole situation.
Q)How would you describe your playing style?
Becton: Dominant, physical offensive lineman who likes to finish the guy in front of him every play.
Q)What was it like to see you name flash on the screen when you were picked?
Becton: It was surreal. I was pretty upset because I expected to go earlier. When I got the call, everyone was screaming, so I couldn’t hear the call. I had to tell everyone to be quiet so I could hear the call. It was a great moment.
Q)Two tackles went ahead of you. Did you feel like you were the best tackle in the draft?
Becton: I feel like I am. Only time will tell. I just got to go to work. I’m ready to go to work.
Q)What is your ideal playing weight?
Becton: 355, 350 in that range.
Q)What is your weight now?
Becton: 363. I’m working to get that down every day.
*Excerpts from Becton’s Zoom Conference Call with Jets reporters on Thursday night.
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Nick Saban talks about Jerry Jeudy and his knee 04.23.20

Both Alabama wide receivers Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy could be in play for the Jets at 11.

Their college coach, Nick Saban, had some thoughts on the pair, during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Let’s start with Jeudy.

“I think Jerry Jeudy is a great all-around receiver,” Saban said. “Great route runner. Can really drop his weight and accelerate out of a break. I always compare him to Keenan McCardell who we had at the Cleveland Browns when I was there, except Jerry Jeudy is fast and Keenan McCardell wasn’t fast-fast. So Jerry can play in or out, but he’s really good in the slot. He’s a great option route runner. He’s very smart and he’s got great hands and he’s got enough speed to get on top of you as well.”

Saban shot down reports that Jeudy has a knee issue.

“Well first of all Jerry Jeudy has nothing wrong with him,” Saban said. “Absolutely nothing. He never missed practice here. He played in every game. Played in a bowl game when he didn’t have to play. Practiced every day for the bowl game. So that’s completely false.”

As for Ruggs, Saban thinks he will be “hard to cover” on the NFL level.

“Henry (has) really, really has good hands,” Saban said. “You’re talking about a tough, really great competitor. Great special teams player. Great speed. Maybe not be quite as polished if you put him in the slot, but as an outside receiver, he’s a speed receiver. Any kind of straight line route you run with him he’s going to be really hard to cover.”

Saban loves Ruggs’ work ethic.

“I just think his mentality as a player is something people have to like,” Saban said. “This guy would run 700 routes in practice, then be the first guy up to be a gunner when the punt team came up. Just a completely different mentality, especially when you’re talking about wide receiver. Very tough, good blocker. This guy is a very explosive player.”


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Johnson Family And Jets Donate $2 Million To Pandemic Relief 04.23.20

*April 23, 2020 – The Johnson family, who last month made a joint $1 million donation with the New York Jets to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic, announced today it would contribute an additional $2 million to support COVID-19 relief response in New Jersey and New York.
Organizations that will receive funding from the $2 million contribution are the Food Bank of New York City, the  EMS FDNY Help Fund, the Community Food Bank of NJ, and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.
“On behalf of my family, we would like to extend our support to these four organizations who battle daily against an unprecedented challenge,” said Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson. “No region in the country has been impacted by COVID-19 more than ours and despite that, our resolve has only grown. These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has been being a good teammate ever been valued more.”
The Food Bank of New York City, during the ongoing pandemic, is taking proactive steps to safely provide food and other resources for the New Yorkers who rely on it, and is prepared to provide emergency food to vulnerable New Yorkers who may be quarantined, along with those impacted by the economic downturn.
The EMS FDNY Help Fund’s mission is to ensure the security of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics and their families in the event of death, injury, illness or hardship through the implementation of a variety of fund-raising initiatives. Until recently, there were no funds designated expressly for the EMTs and paramedics of the FDNY. These dedicated professionals can now have peace of mind, in the knowledge that their families will be taken care of should the unthinkable occur.
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey has been working closely with state and national partners to utilize available resources and plan for additional services that may be needed to assist those impacted by this crisis in the days, weeks and months ahead. CFBNJ is working to ensure access to nutritious food for vulnerable individuals and families and to meet the additional need that is likely to arise due to the virus. It is creating emergency meal kits that contain enough food to sustain a family for several days.
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund meets four critical challenges of New Jersey in the face of the COVID-19 crisis: stop the spread, support the healthcare community, provide help for the vulnerable, and rebuild communities. NJPRF supports organizations that provide essential services and aid those on the front line of the pandemic. One hundred percent of all online donations will go directly to help those in need.
*Press Release

Jets prepare to tackle the new frontier 04.22.20

Are the Jets ready to roll in the brave new world?

Talking about the brave new world of the 2020 NFL draft, which is being done virtually, starting Thursday night, with all team officials communicating from their homes, due to the Coronavirus.

“I think we’ve settled in to our working conditions,” Jets GM Joe Douglas said.

Douglas feels the Jets’ computer department, led by Tom Murphy and Steve Piazza, has done a fine job setting up the Jets’ remote operation.

“Like I mentioned before, our IT department has really shined during this time, and they’ve really put us in a position to communicate seamlessly with all our different groups,” said Douglas. “The set-up allows me to go through segmented groups, and have necessary conversations, for us to be effective.”

The GM thinks the remote set-up is designed so well, it’s almost like being at the Atlantic Health Training Complex.

“I think we have set everything up to be as close as possible to the experience as if we were back in our facility in Florham Park,” Douglas said.

What if Douglas’ line goes down before the Jets are about to make a pick?

“We have the ability to make our selection in the unlikely event that there is a glitch,” Douglas said.

Jets assistant GM Rex Hogan will likely make the pick if Douglas line goes down.

“We have all our protocols in place and I think we’re going to have a smooth draft,” Douglas said.


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NFL Hall-of-Fame Teams With Project Isaiah To Help Feed Hungry 04.21.20

*CANTON, OHIO – The Pro Football Hall of Fame, a number of dedicated philanthropists and Gate Gourmet – a global leader in providing prepackaged food products for the airline industry – are partnering in a nationwide effort to deliver meals to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Called “Project Isaiah,” the initiative already is bringing more than 250,000 boxed meals per week to recipients at no cost to them. In a secondary benefit to the communities served, the project also has saved hundreds of jobs.

“During a crisis, problems must be solved in parallel,” said Michael Klein, chairman of Project Isaiah. “Through a unique partnership with Gate Gourmet and the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers in our communities, as well as those leading this effort, we are reaching the people who are most in need as quickly as possible.”

Gate Gourmet is using its production and delivery infrastructure to prepare and transport the boxed meals to elderly men and women, children of all ages and other at-risk groups affected by stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place since the novel coronavirus struck the United States dramatically last month.

“Once we learned the details behind Project Isaiah, it was an easy decision to say ‘yes’ enthusiastically and join as a partner,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “The mission, values and vision at the heart of Project Isaiah and at Gate Gourmet align wonderfully with those of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Gate Gourmet employees deliver the boxed meals to partner agencies, such as food banks, shelters and youth organizations, in 11 major U.S. cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Each city also is home to at least one NFL franchise.

Project Isaiah not only provides much-needed food to the virus-affected cities, but it also is keeping Gate Gourmet employees at work while U.S. airlines deal with the travel restrictions profoundly affecting that industry.

“Our Vision statement reads, in part, “It’s not just about Canton, it’s the world.” This is a unique way for the Hall to be part of fulfilling the need for life-sustaining food in cities from coast to coast,” Baker said. “Also, two of the pillars of our mission are Honoring Heroes – in all walks of life – and Celebrating Excellence Everywhere. We see Project Isaiah doing all of these things.”

Baker called Project Isaiah a “great example of people huddling up.”

“We need each other, and the support of our teammates, now more than ever,” he said.

To help in the effort, the Hall created a new, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization: Project Isaiah, LLC. Contributions to the LLC are fully tax deductible, and nearly every penny raised to support Project Isaiah goes directly to the cost of preparing and delivering food to the partner agencies in the 11 cities.

*Press release

Joe Douglas Needs To Ignore All The Noise And Not Pander 04.20.20

When it comes to Jamal Adams or any big decision, Joe Douglas should not pander.

Nothing Douglas does should be based on public opinion polls or the media. Everything he does, along with sidekicks Phil Savage, Chad Alexander and Rex Hogan, should be based on sound football decision-making.

Don’t worry about the reaction in the papers, sports talk radio or on Twitter.

First and foremost, this week, Douglas, with his great scouting reputations, needs to knock this draft out of the park.

But along with nailing the draft, there should be no caving to player’s contract demands for PR reasons at any time.

Some of the former regimes might have caved to a player demands due to media and fan pressure. Darrelle Revis’s agents were masters at playing the media game to get what they wanted.

Falling for this kind of scorched-earth approach by a player agent should be in the Jets’ rear-view mirror.

As Douglas likes to say, “I’m going to do what’s in the best interest of the New York Jets.”

And that’s way it should be.

Ignore the white noise at all times, and stick to your plan.


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New York Jets to host virtual draft party 04.17.20

*The New York Jets will host their first ever Virtual NFL Draft Party presented by Verizon on Thursday, April 23rd at 7 p.m. Streaming on all Jets properties including Facebook Live, the Official New York Jets App, Twitter, YouTube and newyorkjets.com, the show will feature appearances from Jets GM Joe Douglas, current players and Legends, draft analysis from Jets reporters and insiders, fan Q&A, and more.
The New York Jets Virtual Draft Party is supported by NY Daily News, Dell Technologies, Dunkin, Pepsi, SAP, and Toyota.
For over 20 years, the New York Jets have hosted a draft party for their fans. During this difficult and unusual time, the team wanted to continue the tradition in a safe, interactive and technically advanced way. The Virtual Draft party will be hosted by Jets Radio personality Bob Wischusen and Jets 360 Senior Reporter Eric Allen, and will include a variety of interviews, analysis and insider content from Jets 360 reporters Ethan Greenberg and Olivia Landis also featuring NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger and former Jets TE Anthony Becht. To adhere to proper social distancing guidelines and local workplace rules due to COVID-19, all talent will be live from their homes.
During the Virtual Draft Party, fans can participate, comment and ask questions through a live chat at the bottom on the stream or the comments section on Facebook Live and YouTube. Fans will have a chance to ask questions of the host and will be highlighted throughout the party.
Additional Virtual NFL Draft activities for Fans include Jets Draft Challenge Presented by Verizon, Jets Virtual Inner Circle and the NFL’s “Draft-A-Thon”.
*Press release

Former NFL scout breaks down Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Wills 04.16.20

Here are the thoughts of NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, on two possible Jets draft targets – Louisville’s Mekhi Becton and Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, both offensive tackles.

“Becton is my seventh player overall, Wills is my tenth. I view that as kind of the top tier for me, those two guys. Then I think right behind him is (Tristan) Wirfs, he’s my 13th player, and then Andrew Thomas is my 18th player. So I have four top 20 guys in my opinion. But I think there’s a little bit of separation between those top three and then Andrew Thomas.

“God didn’t make many like this. I mean, [Becton] is the definition of a freak. To be that big and to still be able to move the way he does is incredible. He dominates in the run game and the pass game, even though he’s still working through some things technically. He’s so big and so long you can’t get through him and you can’t get around him.

“I think Jedrick Wills on day one, the first day of practice, is going to be ahead of Becton, but I think Becton, the upside is what puts him over the top for me. So he’s my top guy.

“Jedrick Wills is just a natural knee-bender who’s very explosive. He can get himself in bad positions and find ways to recover with his athleticism. He played the right tackle spot there at Alabama. You’ve got a left-handed quarterback so that makes sense, put your best guy over there. I think he’s got left tackle ability. I think he can kick over there no problem, and he’s somebody in the run game that can uproot players. Again, just very explosive, very athletic player who I think he’s a top-10 pick in just about any year in my opinion.”


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Douglas isn’t messing around #Jets 04.15.20

Obviously talent is of the utmost importance when acquiring players, but to Jets GM Joe Douglas, player character is just as important.

“I really feel we need to build a foundation moving forward with the right type of people,” Douglas said.

Douglas is obsessed with culture, and a big part of a building a strong culture, is adding players who are wired the right way.

“We are going to try and create the best culture in sports and that all revolves around bringing in the right people,” Douglas said. “I keep talking about commitment and character.”

In Douglas’ opinion, when you bring in players, you can’t just base it on talent.

“We look for player who can not only come in and contribute immediately, but like I have said many times before, fit the culture, to fit the culture that me, Adam, Coach Williams, everyone is putting into place,” Douglas said. “It was important for us to bring those quality players that have the right level of toughness, intelligence, versatility. It was important for us to bring in those type of players, and bring them in on fair market deals.”


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