Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – New York Jets New Coaching Staff Edition

Joe Caporoso with a Turn On The Jets 12 Pack on Adam Gase, Gregg Williams and how the New York Jets will approach this offseason

Welcome back to another edition of the Turn On The Jets 12 Pack. It is offseason time…also known as the best time of the year for the New York Jets (at least over the past 8 years). 

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

Senior Bowl Preview: Defense

Clayton Smarslok with his Senior Bowl preview for defensive players…

With the Senior Bowl coming up in just a few days, this is the first time in the draft process where you get a group of players like this together until the combine in just over a month. The teams get to meet with some of the players and see them compete against some of the best in their class.

On Monday, we previewed three offensive players that would be potential targets for the Jets. Below, we go over three players on the defensive side that will be looked at to be fits in the new system they bring in with Gregg Williams becoming the new defensive coordinator.

 

EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

At the moment, the Jets still have a huge need off the edge. It’s been well documented that they haven’t had one after they traded John Abraham prior to the 2006 draft. This allows me to believe they will be spending a good amount of their cap space on players to fill that void. If they refuse to do so for some reason, Montez Sweat will be one name to watch in the first round. But rather than being in the running for the third pick, he could be someone they look at if they trade down. After the transferring to Mississippi State for his last two seasons, the fifth year senior played in all 26 games recording 22.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss in the process, making him one of the top edge rushers in the 2019 class.

Montez Sweat would be a much better fit as a defensive end in this new 4-3 defense the Jets will run rather than be an outside linebacker in a 3-4. On film, Sweat shows an explosive first step and a variety of rush moves, best of which is the long arm. However, one area it would be nice to see improvement this week is his flexibility and bend. Very rarely will you see him win by dipping the shoulder to beat a tackle, which is part of the reason why he won’t be near the top of the first round.

By switching to a 4-3 base defense, the Jets are lacking edge rushers like never before. Their defensive ends before will now move to defensive tackle and the outside linebackers are either free agents or not the prototypical end in this defense (i.e. Jordan Jenkins). This pairing is likely a long shot but if Sweat blows up the Senior Bowl next week and the Jets actually trade down to the mid to late teens, this match becomes slightly more realistic.

 

CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

There may be no more important position for this new defense than cornerback. Gregg Williams absolutely needs players to fit his scheme if he wants to be aggressive the way he always has. The big reason they took Denzel Ward instead of Bradley Chubb last year was because of how important the cornerback position is for him to be successful. Rock Ya-Sin could possibly be one of those guys for the Jets.

When watching Ya-Sin, his size stands out at 6’1 and around 190 pounds. The length is coveted in today’s game and he uses his to his advantage being physical at the line of scrimmage, something Gregg Williams will want. Ya-Sin has good athleticism and shows good ball skills, just not the greatest of hands. He’ll need some work technically starting with the feet, but nothing that can’t be fixed. One interesting tidbit about Ya-Sin is that he was given a single digit number in his first season with Temple. That means his teammates thought enough of him to consider him one of the leaders before taking a snap.

The Jets not only need cornerbacks for Williams, but they need cornerbacks on the roster in general. This off-season the Jets are possibly losing Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine and Daryl Roberts to free agency; making this a big position of need heading into the off-season. Ya-Sin would be a developmental selection that could possibly fall to them in day three, but should qualify as some depth with some future upside.

 

S/NB Mike Edwards, Kentucky

Edwards was originally supposed to be the second Kentucky Wildcat on the list but with Josh Allen dropping out, Edwards is the now only Wildcat but the second defensive back. While he isn’t as big of a name as Allen, he did play just as big of a role for the Wildcat defense over the last four seasons. But before we go any further what should be mentioned is that Edwards may be listed as a safety, but he is being looked at here purely as a nickel back more than anything else. That was the main slot he filled at Kentucky showing good production over his 45+ game career, recording 10 interceptions and 23 pass deflections during his time there.

As was mentioned, Edwards spent a lot of his time in the slot. He does a great job here in man coverage regardless of the matchup and does a solid job in zone following the eyes of the quarterback and knowing his surroundings. He has quick feet to mirror receivers but also good patience to not bite on a route too early. It’s hard to not love how he plays, he has a non-stop motor and is not afraid to get physical, even as a smaller guy. He was utilized well as a blitzer from the slot, shows tremendous ball skills and should be able to make an impact early on.

The Jets will need secondary help with all of the guys above leaving in free agency. Even though Edwards will fill a need at the nickel spot, it doesn’t hurt that he can provide help as a third safety as well. Marcus Maye has proven he can’t be relied on to play all 16 games, so getting a player who has the versatility to play in a couple different areas like Edwards later o in day two or early day three of the draft would be a great get for the defense.

Episode 220 – Chronicles of Nania: #Gase Positivity with Michael Nania

Scott Mason talks to Michael Nania for the first installment of “Chronicles of Nania” focusing on #Gasepositivity!

Episode 220 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Michael Nania for the first installment of “Chronicles of Nania” focusing on #Gasepositivity!

Michael goes inside the numbers to tell us some of the most positive aspects of the Jets’ new head coach Adam Gase, including some interesting nuggets about Gase’s history against the Patriots, work he has done with QBs, offensive numbers, his propensity for winning close games, and more!

Play Like A Jet is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network…… 

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What’s Your Point? – Ep #24: Jets Have A New Coach edition w/Guest Judge Paul Esden

It’s your weekly NY Jets debate show “What’s Your Point?” with Dalbin Osorio  vs Greg Armstrong. This week the guys do battle on four of the hottest Jets following the conclusion of the team’s search for a new head coach.

“Play Like A Jet” presents episode #24 of your weekly NY Jets debate show “What’s Your Point?” with Dalbin Osorio  vs Greg Armstrong 

This week the guys do battle on four of the hottest Jets following the conclusion of the team’s search for a new head coach:

  1. Did the Jets make the right choice by hiring Adam Gase as their new head coach?
  2. Were the Jets right to demand Matt Rhule give up control of his staff or was Rhule right to stand his ground?
  3. Do you have more or less respect for Mike McCarthy after he reportedly asked for a “Godfather offer” from the Jets?
  4.  Was Karl telling the truth when he said he had  a real source or was he trolling all along?

You will hear the answers to these topics debated with special guest Paul “Boy Green” Esden – host of “Drive Time Sports” on AM 1260 The Score in Syracuse and host of “The Jets Zone” podcast – as the judge, jury, and executioner!

Play Like A Jet and What’s Your Point are part of the Turn on the Jets Digital podcast network……..

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New York Jets Gregg Williams Thoughts & Roster Rankings F/ Joe Blewett

New TOJ Podcast: Joe Caporoso and Joe Blewett discuss the Jets possible transition to a 4-3 under Gregg Williams and their roster rankings…

Joe Caporoso and Joe Blewett discuss the New York Jets possible transition to a 4-3 defense under Gregg Williams and also review their roster rankings

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

Episode 219 – Jets Hire Gregg Williams & The Latest News w/Chris Nimbley

Scott Mason talks to Chris Nimbley of Jetsinsider.com to discuss the Jets’ hiring of Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator and all the latest news surrounding the team.

Episode 219 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Chris Nimbley of Jetsinsider.com to discuss the Jets’ hiring of Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator and all the latest news surrounding the team.

Chris talks about everything involving the Williams hiring: Williams’ history, how any why he ended up with the Jets, what his presence means, which players it likely impacts, and more!

Plus we review all the latest news including Christopher Johnson hinting at structural changes coming within the organization.

Play Like A Jet is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network…… 

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New York Jets – What Are The Biggest Roster Needs?

Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets biggest roster needs

It goes without question the New York Jets need substantial work to their roster but when sifting through all their needs, what ones are at the top of the list? Here is a preliminary overview in the early days of the offseason…

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

Episode 218 – Adam Gase Press Conference & The Latest News w/Darryl Slater

Scott Mason talks to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media to discuss Adam Gase’s introductory press conference and the latest news surrounding the New York Jets!

Episode 218 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media to discuss Adam Gase’s introductory press conference and the latest news surrounding the New York Jets!

Darryl discusses the discussion of Gase’s odd facial expressions, plus Gase’s plan for the coaching staff and whether or not that may include Gregg Williams, the importance of working closely with Sam Darnold, relationships with players including Peyton Manning, whether or not Gase took accountability for mistakes made in Miami, and more!

Play Like A Jet is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network…… 

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The Eyes on Adam Gase: A Closer Look at the Jets New Head Coach

Stephen Russo with a closer look at Adam Gase’s history and resume

For a franchise that has seemed to botch everything since Joe Namath was quarterback, it appears the Jets have gotten two things right: drafting Sam Darnold and firing Todd Bowles. Now, we have moved into arguably the most important offseason in franchise history. With the Darnold entering year two, the third overall pick in the draft, and $100 million dollars in salary cap space to spend, the first task of finding the right head coach was critical. So, in a time of such emotional turmoil, I am certain that every fan had their thoughts on the eight candidates that we heard connected to the Jets.

As the days passed and other teams made their decisions, it tested our patience as we rode an emotional roller coaster that was the start to the Jets offseason. And as the clock continued to tick, it looked as if every sign pointed to Matt Rhule, and within an instant, they pivoted and hired former Dolphins Coach Adam Gase. As we either begin to rationalize the hire, hate it, love it, or chose not to care, I have attempted to take a look at Adam Gase full resume. 

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Senior Bowl Preview: Offense

Clayton Smarslok with a Senior Bowl preview for the offensive players…

The Senior Bowl week is one of the best weeks of the entire year for anyone in the scouting community. Everyone will be there! You obviously the best seniors in all of college, top executives, Head Coaches from NFL and college, and media members covering every aspect of the NFL Draft, including yours truly.

Getting credentials for the first time at the Senior Bowl will be fun because it’s a chance to get to see players you wouldn’t typically watch on television and get the possibility to know some of them and what they’re going through. To get an interview is a free-for-all after the practices, which means I’ll have to showcase some of the old moves to get to players like Josh Allen and other big names. Here are just some of the names on offense that will get the attention of me and likely the Jets as well.

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