TOJ would like to welcome our newest writer Matt Fritz, who currently attends Juniata College in Pennsylvania. We are particularly happy to employ individuals from Centennial Conference schools like myself and especially from schools who I scored a touchdown against (what are you mad about this shameless self promotion? Give me a break, I just suffered through a Giants/Patriots Super Bowl)
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During Super Bowl festivities, Jet coach Rex Ryan told reporters that he will be more invovled in the play-calling next year, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
This is music to my ears. This past season was the first time in Rex’s three years as Jet head coach where we really saw him take a back seat in the play-calling. Rex will now once again share duties with Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine, as he did in his first two seasons when the Jet defense was arguably one of the best in the league.
I really like Mike Pettine, and I think he did a decent job at calling the defensive plays for the Jets this past year, but I do think the Jets are at their best defensively when Rex has the majority say in what is called. I have always thought that at times Rex has more of a coordinator’s mentality then a head coach’s, so I think this will only help the Jets defense next season. I thought the Jet defense overall this past year was slower than in year’s past, and I think they will ultimately address this issue in the upcoming draft. This didn’t work in Pettine’s favor throughout the course of the season, and when Jim Leonhard went down it just made matters worse. The Jet defense gave up 30 points or more in four games this year…very uncharacteristic for a Rex Ryan defense.
I would say if Schotty were still around, I would like to see Rex have more of a say as to what is called on offense as well, but with Sparano now coming on board as OC and having a philosophy more in line with Rex’s, I think he will allow Sparano a good amount of autonomy.