With five games left in the season, and the New York Jets all but assured of another losing season, its time we continue our look towards 2019 with the second installment of our dream off-season. In this part, I will assemble my dream coaching staff. Then, the third post (coming next week), will assemble the dream front office staff. Without much further ado, lets dive right into it:
Head Coach: Former Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh
Why? 95-56 career regular season coaching record, 10-5 career postseason coaching record, Super Bowl winner
Offensive Coordinator: Former Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury
Why? 2011 Collegiate Offensive Coordinator of the year, responsible for development of both Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes, innovative offensive playcaller
Quarterbacks Coach: West Virginia Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital
Why? Worked with Kingsbury at University of Houston, coached both Geno Smith and Johnny Manziel, offense utilizes Air Raid principles.
Running Backs Coach: Clemson Running Back Coach Tony Elliott
Why? Experience calling plays, Broyles Award finalist, rising star in college ranks
Wide Receivers Coach: Jerricho Cotchery
Why? Former Jets player, current assistant Wide Receivers coach in Carolina, has helped development of Curtis Samuel and Devin Funchess
Tight Ends Coach: Baltimore Ravens Tight Ends Coach Andy Bischoff
Why? Has experience game planning, developed sound tight ends, experience working with Harbaugh
Offensive Line Coach: Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Offensive Line/Tight Ends/Run Game Coach Eugene Chung
Why? Has worked under Andy Reid and Doug Pederson, Eagles offensive line is one of best in league, Chung has hand in developing multiple Pro Bowlers.
Defensive Coordinator: Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richards
Why? Coordinated defense that finished top 12 in both yards and points allowed, would mean a shift from 3-4 to 4-3, currently overseeing secondary that has allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns
Defensive Line Coach: Minnesota Vikings Assistant Defensive Line Coach Robert Rodriguez
Why? Worked under Mike Zimmer in Minnesota, assisted in development of Shariff Floyd, Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, and Danielle Hunter, defensive line had 31 of team’s 36 sacks last year.
Linebackers Coach: Baltimore Ravens Assistant Defensive Line and Outside Linebackers Coach Drew Wilkins
Why? Worked with Coach Harbaugh in Baltimore, worked closely with Elvis Dumervil (35.5 sacks in his four years in Baltimore), developed OLB Mattthew Judon (breakout season last year by leading the team in tackles for loss (17) and ranking second in sacks (8)
Secondary Coach: Former Bengals Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin
Why? Experience running the 4-3 Richard would use, and developing secondary worked with Coach Harbaugh from 2011-2013, was a rising Head Coaching candidate two years ago
Special Teams: Brant Boyer
Why? The bright spot of this Jets team is the special teams, and Coach Boyer is retained because of this.
What These Hires Would Mean
Hiring Coach Harbaugh would bring an experienced head coach into the fold, who has won a Super Bowl and who won’t be intimidated by the New York media. HE is almost 40 games over .500 in the regular season, and has assembled very good coaching staffs under him. He, also, is not an offensive or defensive-minded head coach, and instead has shown an ability to be an actual head coach. Lastly, and this is less of a requirement but still super fascinating, he would represent the first time the Jets have hired an experienced Head Coach when they have had a vacancy since Bill Parcells.
A Kliff Kingsbury-led offense with Sam Darnold, LeVeon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, AJ Brown, Robby Anderson, Chris Herndon, and Randall Cobb is a 21st Century Offense. Kingsbury, and Spavital, would teach Darnold how to throw with anticipation and how to take what the defense gives him (two things he still needs to improve upon). KIngsbury would also stress both stretching the field, and getting his weapons into space to create YAC opportunities, which is exciting when you think about formations where both Bell and Bryce Love are on the field. The development of AJ Brown, Darryl Williams, Sam Mustipher, Chris Herndon and Brandon Shell would be in good hands with Coaches Cotchery, Bischoff and Chung.
A Kris Richard-led defense would transition the Jets to a 4-3 base, which means Leonard Williams will shift to playing the 3-technique full time as oppose to playing the 5-technique in the 3-4. A lot of people would argue that that’s his best fit, since he would face less double teams and be able to generate more of a pass rush from the DT position. Demarcus Lawrence knows Coach Richard, and having him as the 4-3 DE keeps him in his familiar place. Henry Anderson has experience in the 4-3, so he’d be able to remain in the starting lineup as well. I love Copeland being developed by Coach Rodriguez, and would love to see the development of Williams, Nathan Shepherd, and Jabari Zuniga as well. Teryl Austin coaching Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, and continuing to coach Darqueze Dennard makes me downright giddy as well.