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A couple of items to get into today about Gang Green. The new issue of Jets Confidential Magazine is coming out next week, and we have a blowout feature on the team’s assistant coaches.
I figured with camp opening in a few weeks, this was a good time to truly introduce people to who these men are.
People who go to camp will see them in action on the practice field, coaching, teaching, developing players.
I think Todd Bowles has put together a very good staff filled with teachers.
One thing I noticed – almost all of the assistants played the position they are coaching. Clearly Bowles believes in the concept of having assistants who have “walked a mile in the shoes” of the guys at the position they are coaching. I like the strategy.
Now this doesn’t apply to every position, but most.
Actually the secondary coach, Joe Danna, played wide receiver at Central Michigan, so he brings a unique perspective to coaching defensive backs – the ability to translate to them what receivers are looking to do to them. But he’s not a novice at coaching defensive backs – he was the secondary coach in Atlanta the last three years.
This coaching staff is a lot larger than the one Rex Ryan had.
Based on all the research I did, and this project took a while, I think this is a better staff than the previous one – more extensive.
Obviously the proof will be in the pudding, but my gut tells me this will be a well-coached team, a team held more accountable, given more tough love . . .
You always have to tip your hat to guys who work hard, and make an effort beyond the call of duty.
Remember Mark Sanchez used to have the “Jets West” camp during the gap between the end of the off-season program and training camp?
He did the same thing with Philadelphia Eagles players this past week in San Diego. Some of the players in attendance were RB Darren Sproles, WR Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz.
Geno Smith is working with Brandon Marshall in Chicago. Reportedly there are other players in attendance as well.
Sanchez putting together this camp is kind of interesting because he hasn’t been named the team’s starting quarterback. Most people feel that Sam Bradford will be the team’s signal-caller once he’s 100 percent recovered from his knee rehab.
But I digress.
I hate to rain on the parade of these guy, but I don’t think these initiatives really do much.
They might help a tad, but if you are throwing to your targets with no defenders covering them, or tricky defenses with disguised looks trying to throw you off, what does it really mean?
Play any sport without a defense, and it’s a different world.
Like I said, kudos to guys taking the initiative, but QB’s throwing to targets sans the art of reading of defenses and or dealing with defenders in general, doesn’t mean a heck of a lot.
July 10, 2015
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